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With a call to “restore civility in politics” and to bring a “common sense approach to issues in Richmond,” Democratic candidate Laura Galante opened a campaign office on Main Street in Marshall on Aug. 3.

Galante is running to unseat Republican Michael Webert this November in the Virginia House of Delegates representing the 18th District. The district includes parts of Fauquier, Culpeper and Warren counties and all of Rappahannock County. 

Webert has represented the district since 2012. He was re-elected to a fourth two-year term in 2017 when he beat Democrat Tristan Shields. 

Both Galante and Webert live in the Marshall area. Webert runs a farm. Galante grew up in 4-H and is a 4-H adult leader. She has a law degree and worked in the cybersecurity field, leading a team that analyzed Russian cyber capabilities for the Defense Intelligence Agency. She then worked for a private sector company that investigated Russian and Chinese hacking of U.S. trade secrets. Galante said the Sept. 11 attacks had a profound effect on her as a high school junior and influenced her career path.

Max Hall, Galante’s political director, called Galante “the smartest person I’ve ever met,” in remarks at the open house. 

Galante campaign supporters from each of the counties in the 18th District attended the opening of the new campaign office, located at 8362 Main St., next to Red Truck bakery in downtown Marshall.

Galante’s campaign slogan is “The Future is Rural” and her signature issues are job opportunities and growth in small town and rural areas, educational opportunities leading to jobs in the trades and entrepreneurships, bringing health care closer to rural areas and expansion of broadband starting with better mapping to identify areas in need.

Galante has a campaign website at galantefordelegate.com.

Webert, who didn’t have a primary opponent, kicked off his campaign in June. His campaign website, michael-webert.com, lists his support of the Second Amendment gun rights, protecting the unborn, reducing taxes and regulations on businesses and supporting the growth of small businesses.

A fundraiser for Webert’s campaign is planned for Aug. 23 at Fauquier Springs County Club. Denver Riggleman, Republican congressman for the 5th District, which includes part of Fauquier County, will be a special guest.

As of June 30, the Webert campaign had $66,083 in cash on hand and Galante had $61,142, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Virginia Department of Elections.

The general election is on Nov. 5.

Reach James Ivancic at jivancic@fauquier.com

 

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