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Flaherty to challenge Austin in 19th District

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By John Barnhart

    Reagan Flaherty announced, Monday, that she is running for the 19th House of Delegates seat as a Democrat.

    “I am a wife, mother, and living the American dream of opportunity and prosperity, keen to giving back to the country I love,” Flaherty said.
    Flaherty is a Coast Guard veteran, having served on a buoy tender. She currently works in business to business telecommunications sales and is chairman of the       Bedford     Area Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors.
    “I am a passionate advocate for improving our public schools and it is important we recognize the pivotal role teachers play for our children’s future,” she said.
    Flaherty said she will work to make sure public schools get their fair share of state funding. She also plans to work to make sure college is affordable for every student.
    She also believes workforce development is important; she wants to see people be able to get the training they need to fill jobs that area companies have to offer.
    “I work with small businesses every day,” Flaherty said. “They serve as the foundation for our community. We will continue to support the growth of existing businesses and cultivate new businesses in our region.”
    Flaherty promised to work to bring good-paying jobs to the district.
    “No one should feel they have to move away from our district to be successful,” she said. “We have so much to offer right here and we will work together to create even more opportunities.”
    Flaherty said she fully supports the military, veterans and their families. She said her grandfather served in World War II and both of her parents served in the armed forces. She said her husband served two tours of duty in Iraq and her son is currently on active duty with the Navy.
    Flaherty is challenging the incumbent, Delegate Terry Austin, a Republican who has held the seat for two terms.