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Republicans will hold a primary next week—Tuesday, June 12—to select a candidate to run for the United States Senate as well as the House of Representatives.
Virginia does not register by party, so any registered voter may vote in this primary. Bedford County Registrar Barbara Gunter said that voters should check their voter registration card to verify where they are to vote as redistricting, following the 2010 census, resulted in some polling places changing last year. She said that voters who can’t find their card may contact her office and they will send one to them. City polling places have not changed.
The polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Gunter said that her office will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Saturday before the primary, to receive absentee ballots.
“The turnout isn’t expected to be that large,” Gunter.
Gunter expects the turnout to be similar to the voter turnout at the Republican presidential primary in February. According to Gunter, 6.5 percent of the county’s registered voters turned out to vote in that primary, which cost the county $28,000. She anticipates that this primary will cost the same.
All county and city voters will see four names for Senate nominees: George Allen, E. W. Jackson, Bob Marshall and Jamie Radtke.
Allen served as governor of Virginia and in the United States Senate. He was defeated in 2006 in a reelection bid by Senator Jim Webb, who is not running for reelection this year. According to material provided by Allen’s campaign, he has an agenda he calls “Blueprint for America’s Comeback.” It consists of three parts:
• Making America competitive for job creators. Allen believes the key to America’s growth is reducing the U.S. tax on job-creating businesses to a competitive 20 percent. He also believes an overhaul of our federal tax system, including a flat tax option for individual taxpayers is needed.
• Domestic energy production. Allen believes America can do more to conserve energy and bring affordable alternative or renewable sources of energy to market. At the same time he favors increased domestic production of natural gas and oil.
• Reducing federal spending. Allen favors a balanced budget Constitutional amendment on Washington, with line-item veto authority, for the president. It would limit federal spending to 19 percent of GDP. Allen also wants to repeal Obamacare and replace it with “personal, affordable health-care opportunities” rolling back federal spending to FY 2008 levels.
E. W. Jackson
Jackson is a former Marine with a law degree from Harvard Law School. He practiced law for 15 years before devoting himself to the ministry, founding Exodus Faith Ministries, a non-denominational church. On July 4, 2009, he launched S.T.A.N.D. – Staying True to America’s National Destiny (www.standamerica.us), a national organization dedicated to restoring America’s Judeo-Christian heritage and values.
Jackson, according to his Web site jacksonforvirginia.org, pledges that he will not vote for a budget that increases America’s national debt, nor will he vote to raise America’s debt ceiling. He also promises to vote to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, often know of as ObamaCare.
He promises that he will not vote for any tax increases and will support efforts to replace the current federal tax system with something that will be simpler and fairer, mentioning a flat tax or the Fair Tax. He favors repealing the 16th amendment to the Constitution, which made the income tax possible.
Jackson favors expanded domestic drilling for oil and natural gas and authorizing the Keystone Pipeline, which would bring Canadian oil to American refineries. He opposes cap and trade legislation, fuel efficiency mandates on motor vehicles and gas taxes, all of which he deems to be anti-capitalist.
He supports the Paul Ryan plan to reform Medicare and Social Security.
Radtke has a Bachelor of Science degree in Government from Liberty University and a Master of Public Policy degree from The College of William & Mary. She is the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation – co-founder and chairman.
She promises to oppose raising the federal debt ceiling. She proposes to end federal deficits by cutting spending and caping federal spending as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP).
Radtke also promises to defend the Second Amendment and oppose illegal immigration.
She promises to oppose all Federal funding for abortion and embryonic stem cell research. She will support the nomination of judges that “respect life as the fundamental and preeminent inalienable right outlined in the Declaration of Independence,” according to her Web site.
According to the Web site, she promises to vote to repeal ObamaCare. She favors turning Medicaid into a block grant program and allow workers below a certain age to invest their Social Security savings in private accounts that they would control. She would remove payroll taxes for people, and the businesses that employ them, who choose to work beyond retirement age.
Radtke favors an energy policy that includes nuclear power and coal, and allows more domestic drilling for oil and natural gas. She would eliminate federal subsidies for ethanol and oppose regulation of CO2 emissions.
She has a Web site at radtkeforsenate.com.
Delegate Bob Marshall is also seeking the nomination. Marshall has served in the Virginia House of Delegates since 1991.
In a reply to a request for information, Marshall’s campaign referred to his Web site at bobmarshall2012.com. On the Web site, Marshall states that he would oppose raising the federal debt limit for any reason other than for a national emergency.
His energy policy favors domestic natural gas production and he believes natural gas could become a substitute for petroleum based fuel in transportation.
There are several things that Marshall believes the federal government should do about illegal immigration, including: securing America’s southern border by the construction of a fence (electronic, physical or both) and significantly increasing border patrols; giving the states the power to penalize employers who knowingly hire or lure illegal workers to the United States; providing no path whatsoever to U.S. Citizenship for those who have entered the country illegally; and abolish birthright citizenship which Marshall believes is a large incentive for illegal immigration.
Marshall calls for the abolition of the federal Department of Education and legislation restraining the types of cases federal courts may hear. He believes federal courts should be barred from hearing appeals from the state courts on decisions concerning state legislative prohibitions or regulations concerning abortion, sexual behavior, and marriage.
Robert Hurt does not have anyone challenging him for the Republican nomination for the 5th Congressional District. Voters in the 6th District will see two names: Bob Goodlatte and Karen Kwiatkowski. Goodlatte has represented the 6th District in the House of Representatives for two decades. Kwiatkowski is challenging him for the Republican nomination.