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Democratic candidate Flo Ketner is originally from Floyd County, Virginia. Ketner graduated from Radford University with an undergraduate degree in English and currently lives in Christiansburg. She serves as the Treasurer on the board of the Cayambis Institute Of Latin American Studies in Music.
Ketner’s priorities include healthcare access, gun safety, and the environment. She supports expanding health care access and ensuring rural Virginians have access to life saving care and facilities. She is also concerned about protecting our natural environment and preserving our resources. She supports state ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Her opponent, incumbent Republican Senator David Suetterlein opposes both commonsense gun violence prevention measures and access to reproductive health care. Suetterlein voted against raising the state minimum wage and against expanding Medicaid to cover 400,000 low-income working Virginians.
Ketner is the more progressive choice in this race.
Democratic candidate Rhonda Seltz is currently an adjunct instructor at Radford University in the School of Social Work. A native of Pulaski County, she is running for the House of Delegates because she wants to advocate for more affordable health care access for everyone. Seltz believes everyone should earn a living wage and promises to vote to increase the minimum wage if elected. She supports expanding access to affordable healthcare that includes mental health services. She is also against the Atlantic Coast and the Mountain Valley pipelines and supports investments in renewable energy sources.
Her opponent, Delegate Nick Rush (R), was elected in 2011. As Delegate, he voted to prohibit sanctuary cities, putting members of our immigrant community in danger. He voted to make it more difficult for low-income people to access abortion and to defund Planned Parenthood. Rush also voted against a bill that would have allowed localities to increase the minimum wage. Delegate Rush voted to require voters to present a state-issued photo ID when voting, making it more difficult for some people to make their voice heard in our democracy.
Rhonda Seltz is the more progressive choice in this race because of her support for the environment and affordable health care access.
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