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Delegate Hull’s Richmond Report

hullmugLess Than Two Weeks

There are just 12 days left before we choose our statewide elected officials and members of the House of Delegates.

We will be choosing a new governor to lead us in a time of increasing economic uncertainty.

We will also be choosing members of the House of Delegates who will be in position to redraw the new legislative boundaries in 2010.

These seem like important reasons to vote to me. But, unfortunately, the number of voters who turn out at the polls is going to be low.

That means that the results on November 3 may not be the will of the majority of Virginians.

Now, if you want your voice heard, then you need to get out and vote. Your polling place opens at 6:00 a.m. and closes at 7:00 p.m.

Voting Absentee

You can vote absentee if you are going to be away on election day on a vacation or business trip, at college, or on military duty.

Or, if you are disabled or at home caring for a disabled person, ill, pregnant, or your work and commute time takes 11 hours or more.

Applications for absentee ballots by mail or fax must be received by Tuesday, October 27. For more information, you can call the Registrar’s Office.

In Falls Church, that number is (703) 248-5085. In Fairfax County, you can call (703) 222-0776.

You can also vote absentee-in-person in Falls Church at the Registrar’s Office at City Hall until Saturday, October 31.

That same deadline applies to absentee-in-person voting in Fairfax County at either the Fairfax or Mason District Governmental Centers.

I am a Creigh Deeds Democrat

I plan to vote for Democrat Creigh Deeds on November 3. You may think that Republican Bob McDonnell is the better candidate.

But, no matter for whom you vote, the most important thing is that you take the time to vote this year.

I have known Creigh Deeds for 17 years and I think that he has what it takes to be an outstanding governor.

He is smart, he understands the issues, he has personal integrity, and he has legislative ability.

Creigh is an honest, open, and unassuming guy who has always reminded me of Jefferson Smith in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.”

In their endorsement of Creigh, The Washington Post called him “a decent, unusually self-effacing man who calls himself ‘a nobody from nowhere’.”

You know, there are a lot of nobodies from nowhere in this world and without them this country would not be as great as it is today.

It is the nobodies from nowhere who built our factories and canals and bridges and railroads and highways.

It is the nobodies from nowhere who have defended our freedom on battlefields around the world for over 200 years.

We need a nobody from nowhere in the governor’s mansion who knows what is like to live in the real world.

We need in our governor a person who has the knowledge, ability, and vision to keep Virginia on the road to progress and prosperity for all Virginians.

I think that Creigh Deeds is that person and that he will be a governor who can make us all feel proud.

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