WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on his intent to vote against cloture and final confirmation for the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court:
“After meeting with Judge Gorsuch and reviewing his testimony and past decisions, I’ve observed that he has repeatedly taken an activist approach to cases involving a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her health. He has made the astounding argument that bosses have an individual right to prevent their company’s female employees from using their own health insurance to buy contraception. He has taken extraordinary steps to force reconsideration
Ed Elswick (R) and Sarah Goodman (D) debated at Bent Mountain Elementary School Thursday night. They are running for the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors Windsor district. Elswick defeated incumbent Joe McNamara in the Republican primary.
Holini David with WDBJ7 moderate the forum. Written questions were also taken from the audience.
Both Elswick and Goodman agreed on many things. Elswick made clear and repeated several times that Roanoke County has wasted taxpayer’s money on amenities like the recreation center and greenways. He remarked that on all his interviews for endorsements each asked if he supported funding the greenways. Elswick is adamant about government being involved in only the necessities. He said he “doesn’t expect to get any endorsements” saying that he didn’t believe that telling them what they wanted to hear was being honest.
Elswick is retired from GE in Salem with 31 years of cost control experience. He stressed that they never made their decisions on where to locate a plant based on quality of life.
Elswick said that “he is beholden to no one … am I a radical?” He closed with a commitment if elected “not to extend the scope of government beyond basic services.”
Goodman on the other hand believes strongly in quality of life amenities. She believes that businesses look for culture and outdoor activity as a means of retaining and enticing skilled employees. Goodman said she would work for the regional initiatives to connect the county greenway with those in the surrounding localities.
Goodman is a real estate agent with schools, economic development and jobs are other parts of her platform.