Round Two: Hammer Vs. Bell

Images from Dickie Bell’s and Will Hammer’s websites

Two years and two days ago, Will Hammer announced his candidacy for the House of Delegates in the 20th district.  He ran as the Libertarian candidate against Dickie Bell, the Republican incumbent.

Delegate Bell emerged victorious in the 2015 contest, but today Hammer has announced his plans for a second go at the office.

In his press release, Mr. Hammer states, “I believe that my strong showing in 2015 and growing distrust and distaste for the two major parties, specifically incumbents, represents a great opportunity to go to Richmond as a third party candidate.”

Will Hammer highlights some of his campaign issues adding, “When elected, I will fight against the Dominion pipeline because property rights are sacred, to end gerrymandering and corruption, bring transparency to Richmond and publish a reasoning for every vote that I place. I will hold online and in person public forums for my constituents. I will protect your gun rights as I was given an A grade from Gun Owners of America and “very pro-gun” rating from Virginia Citizens Defense League. I will fight for judicial reform and marijuana legalization, which will reduce government expenditure and create a booming new industry which means thousands of jobs. I will walk the walk, not talk the talk. If you are tired of business as usual and the duopoly of the Republicans and Democrats, join me and let’s seriously drain the swamp known as Richmond.”

Presumably, Mr. Hammer will be able to collect the signatures of 125 valid and registered voters in the 20th district to make the ballot.  Assuming he is the Republican nominee once more, Delegate Bell will not be required to collect signatures.  The 20th district includes the cities of Staunton and Waynesboro as well as all of Highland County and parts of Augusta and Nelson Counties.  Right now, there are no other candidates in this race and Will Hammer is the only Libertarian candidate running in the Shenandoah Valley.

If you’d like to learn more about either of the two candidates, you can find information about both Bell and Hammer on their respective websites.

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