On Friday evening, political activists gathered at Franco’s in Harrisonburg to meet with Susan Stimpson, a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor. All in all, about twenty-five folks were in attendance, including several from as far away as Luray, VA. The campaign offered each person pizza and a selection of soft drinks.
Rather than opening with a speech, Mrs. Stimpson greeted each attendee personally and then sat and spoke about whatever thoughts and issues happened to come up. Laura Logie, a well-known personality in Republican circles, asked Stimpson about her close connections with Speaker Howell, a concern that is shared by many conservatives. Susan Stimpson replied that she has had a number of political disagreements with Bill Howell since early 2012 and stated that she stands behind her political principles, not personal relationships.
Another interesting facet of the Stimpson gathering was the impressive number of younger voters. Unlike many political events which have seen a dwindling or nonexistent number of high school students in recent years, nearly one third of the audience were twenty years old or younger. Emily Morris, the young woman who organized “A Question of Liberty” last year, played a large part in this turnout.
As I had to leave at 5:30, I cannot report about the rest of the meeting. Nevertheless, it is always good to see Susan Stimpson and the other Virginia statewide candidates in the Shenandoah Valley.