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Democratic candidate Jennifer Kitchen was born and raised in Augusta County and lives there with her husband and two school-age children. She has been very involved in the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and has served as the Shenandoah Valley’s ticket chair for many years.
Kitchen believes in increasing access to education by increasing teacher salaries and school funding. She supports renewable energy and opposes plans for natural gas pipeline construction through Virginia. Kitchen also supports ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment and believes that everyone should have access to broadband and job opportunities.
The 25th District is an open seat and Kitchen has two opponents. Republican Chris Runion is a small business owner from Rockingham. Runion is openly anti-choice and opposes gun violence prevention.
The other candidate is Independent Janice Allen, whose platform when she ran for Congress back in 2008 showed that she is anti-choice, opposes gun violence prevention legislation and clean energy initiatives. She also voiced anti-immigrant opinions by sharing that she supports closing the U.S./ Mexico border. Allen also opposed the Affordable Care Act.
Because of her support for renewable energy, equal rights, and broadband access, Jennifer Kitchen is the more progressive choice in this race.
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