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May 31, 2014 Published in Letters/Opinions

Why Patrick Hope Is The Best Vote On June 10

Letter to the Editor:

As an Alexandria resident since 1988, I am proud to be voting for Patrick Hope in the Democratic Primary on June 10. While there are many able candidates, Patrick is the candidate who speaks out on behalf of those with no voice. In particular, as the father of a son with autism, I have been impressed with Patrick's willingness to stand up for those with disabilities in his campaign speeches, and more importantly in his actions. So many politicians ignore those with disabilities; Patrick embraces them and speaks out on their behalf as Kennedy and Harkin have done before him. My son, and the hundreds of thousands who have disABILITIES, need a voice in Congress, and Patrick has not only talked the talk on this issue, but he has walked the walk.

Apart from his support on this issue, there are so many reasons why Patrick is the right choice. Whether it is speaking out on behalf of those in solitary confinement, advocating for the expansion of Medicaid, fighting for cleaner air or stricter gun controls, against pay day lenders, or defending a woman's right to choose, Patrick has the progressive values we need in Congress.

I urge all Alexandrian's to join me in electing HOPE to Congress. You will find no better candidate to speak out for all residents of the 8th District and I ask you to take the time on June 10 to restore HOPE to politics by voting for Patrick Hope on Tuesday, June 10.

David Cordell

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