Letter: Candidates should submit to standard job tests
This year, we are fortunate that there are so many candidates throwing their hats into the ring for various public offices, and that’s great. I congratulate them on their willingness to serve. The fact that they want to work for us, the electorate, is a good sign for our democracy.
Since these folks have the ambition to work for us, however, I think it’s time that we ask that they submit to the same criteria that most people who apply for jobs must. Therefore, I am openly requesting, on behalf of myself and my fellow "employers," that each candidate seeking my vote do the following:
—Report in person to their local Virginia State Police office and request that a copy of their official criminal background be made available as soon as possible, and that this information, in its entirety, be delivered to the offices of the Gazette-Journal;
—Utilize a reputable facility in order to take a drug test that would specify use of illegal drugs, in the event that you use illegal drugs. These results, also, should then be delivered to the Gazette-Journal offices as soon as they are available;
—Obtain from the DMV a copy of your driving record, dating back as far as you are permitted, and provide this to the Gazette-Journal as well.
If any member of the electorate were to apply today for employment at a convenience store, a nursing home, or to drive a truck, you can be assured that any or all of the above would be part of the process. So as your potential employer, I am asking that you either do these things as soon as possible, or explain why you are not inclined to.
Again, thank you so much for your participation in our democracy, and I’ll see you at the polls.