Last week, Robert Sarvis, the Libertarian candidate for Governor of Virginia, made a multitude of stops here in the Shenandoah Valley. Although the local paper, the Daily News Record, has not yet published a story of his visit, to follow is a short account with pictures.
All in all, it seemed be a successful visit. During my time following Mr. Sarvis through the various cities and counties in the central valley, I heard quite a few residents mentioning that they had heard of his impending visit in an earlier article. Even more spoke of their general displeasure of both of the major party candidates. Perhaps as the viciously negative campaigning continues unabated, coupled with his recent endorsement by former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, more Virginia voters will look Robert Sarvis’ way.
This week, Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Robert Sarvis will be making a multitude of campaign stops in the central Shenandoah Valley. These events mark his first trip to the area since securing the party’s nomination back at the Waynesboro convention in April.
First, on Wednesday, August 14th, Sarvis will give a speech on the steps of the Harrisonburg/Rockingham County courthouse beginning at 5:30 PM.
From there, he will travel to a meet-and-greet at the home of a local supporter who lives just west of the city.
Then, on the following day, he will converse with voters at Wright’s Dairy Rite in Staunton from 4 PM to 5 PM. Wrights’, for those who don’t know, is a 1950s style burger and milkshakes diner that has been in operation since 1952 and is located at 346 Greenville Avenue.
Afterward, starting at 6:30 PM, Robert will address the Staunton Tea Party. These days, the Staunton Tea Party holds their monthly gatherings at the VFW on 212 Frontier Drive.
Lastly, on Friday, Robert Sarvis will tour the Rockingham County Fair for a good portion of the day. This year, the Libertarian Party has a booth alongside the Republican and Democratic Parties.
As the 2013 election season begins to kick into high gear, it should be interesting to see how many times the various statewide candidates visit the Valley. Only a few weeks ago, E. W. Jackson held a particularly successful fundraiser on the campus of James Madison University. With both Rockingham and Augusta Counties being typically among the most Republican (if not the most Republican) localities in the state coupled with cities like Harrisonburg and Staunton, which have been trending Democratic in recent years, the area provides a variety of political opinions and perspectives. And, given that none of the statewide candidates have opened up a considerable lead in the polls thus far coupled with the relatively untested variable of the Libertarian Party and Robert Sarvis, politics in this part of the state might be a bit more entertaining than it has been in previous cycles.