Two years ago today, I sat down to coffee with Dr. Mark Berg, who was at that time a Republican hopeful for the House of Delegates in the 29th district. Although Harrisonburg (where I live and vote) is outside of the district, I certainly appreciated the fact that he made the hour drive to speak with me. In that 2013 primary, he was challenging a twenty-year incumbent, a delegate who voted for the Republican-led massive transportation tax hike.
Learning more about Dr. Berg, I came to the conclusion that he wasn’t your typical run-of-the-mill Republican who would advocate a message of limited government conservatism and liberty to the voters before being elected and then switch to support the expansion of state power once in office. Although he was running against the establishment machine, which is always an uphill fight, Mark Berg won both the 2013 primary and the general election that followed.
I’m pleased to say that Delegate Berg has not disappointed me during his two sessions in office. As one great example, despite an overwhelming Republican majority in the House of Delegates, Delegate Berg was only one of only two members in that entire body to call for a repeal of the onerous transportation tax hike passed by his predecessor.
Now, the Republican establishment is fighting back against Delegate Berg and he faces a primary opponent. As you likely know, unfortunately there are many leaders, politicians, and activists within the Republican Party who embrace crony capitalism and the expansion of government power so long as their guys are in power.
Friends, Delegate Mark Berg needs our help. If you live in the 29th district, I sincerely hope that you will cast your vote for Delegate Berg on June 9th. However, even if you don’t live in the district, you can still promote the cause of liberty by making a donation to his campaign or volunteering to help him get re-elected. Regardless of your party affiliation, we need to make sure that people that boldly represent our values continue to have a voice in Richmond.
We need leaders like Delegate Mark Berg in the General Assembly and I can think of no one more deserving of re-election; I was happy to offer him my endorsement in 2013 and gladly do so again this year.
Many of my fellow activists support a limited, constitutional government as well as legislators who will respect our liberty; unfortunately, we are often disappointed. For those of us on the right side of the political spectrum, we are told time and time again to support the Republican candidate, regardless of who he or she is and what he or she stands for, arguing that this candidate must be better than the Democratic alternative. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that when we elect candidates based upon labels rather than a shared political philosophy, we promote self-serving politicians rather than the principled statesmen we so desperately need in Richmond and Washington D.C.
However, every once in a while a candidate comes along that “gets it”, one who understands that our rights naturally come from our creator and are not merely granted by some benevolent government power. We need men and women who will work to shrink government to its proper role, not merely making big government more efficient. We crave legislators who possess the needed courage to say no to the establishment in both parties when they tread upon the rights of the citizenry. I firmly believe that Nick Freitas is one such person and he is the Republican nominee for the House of Delegates in the 30th district.
I had my first opportunity to speak to Mr. Freitas in August of 2014 and, since that time, I have constantly been impressed with his knowledge, drive, and determination to promote values that he, I, and countless other Virginians share should he have the opportunity to serve the people of our Commonwealth in the General Assembly. Although a trait shared by only a handful these days, I find the thought of his election quite exciting.
Although I may not live in his district, nor am I a member of the Republican Party, I believe that Nick Freitas would be an excellent addition in the Virginia House of Delegates. Therefore, I wholeheartedly endorse his candidacy and strongly encourage the people of the 30th district to cast their vote for Mr. Freitas in the November election.
In two weeks, Virginia voters will face a number of important decisions regarding the future of this state. In the race for attorney general, for those of us who support liberty, the choice is very clear. Mark Obenshain is our candidate. I’m proud to say that I’ve known Mark Obenshain for more than a decade and had the opportunity to volunteer on his first campaign. Throughout his time in the Virginia Senate, I believe he has consistently stood for the principles of limited government conservatism. And he’s not afraid to voice his opinions, even when in the minority. We need leaders who are willing to stand for principle, even when that requires standing alone. Mark Obenshain has done so in the Virginia State Senate and will do so as our attorney general.
Now some of his opponents have been attacking him on a rather unfortunate bill that he proposed several years ago. Yes, that decision was a mistake and when he realized the implications and flaws with it, he quickly withdrew the legislation. Nevertheless, there are those who have been using this single issue to distort his positions. However, when taken as a whole, conservatives, libertarians, and independents should be pleased with Senator Obenshain’s voting record and ought to be excited about the prospect of having him serving as our next attorney general.
Much like his father, I believe Mark Obenshain and I both agree with the viewpoint that “the most important goal in my life is to have some significant impact in preserving and expanding the realm of personal freedom in the life of this country.” As such, I’m pleased to offer my endorsement to Mark Obenshain and encourage my fellow Virginians to join me in casting their ballots for him on November 5th.