ABINGDON, Va. - The sprint to the finish line, or election night, is on for candidates across the United States. In Southwest Virginia, the race to represent the 9th District in the U.S. House of Representatives is sparking a lot of conversation.
News 5 sat down with both candidates, simply to introduce voters before they cast their ballot. Here's an introduction to Democratic candidate Anthony Flaccavento.
You've probably noticed campaign signs for Anthony Flaccavento, but what you might not know is this is a first for him. He's switching careers and running as the Democratic Congressional candidate for the 9th District in Southwest Virginia. "I'm a farmer, I raise organic fruits and vegetables. I've been doing that for many years and I've always worked on trying to build strong local economies," said Flaccavento.
On election day, Flaccavento will be squaring off against Republican incumbent Congressman Morgan Griffith. Flaccavento says the biggest issues in the 9th District are jobs, creating a stronger economy, and protecting seniors and veterans. "I'm a believer that the best bet for our district, and the country, is investing in small businesses, family farms, local banks, and creating this bottom-up economy," he said.
The so-called 'war on coal' is sparking a lot of conversation and Flaccavento says he'll carry those concerns to Washington. "We need to invest in the cleanest possible technology, both for mining and for the burning of coal. If we invest in clean technology we can better meet some of the important water and pollution standards," added Flaccavento.
From Jonesville to Martinsville, in Southwest Virginia Flaccavento hopes to be the right voice to represent the 9th District. "It's going to be a little different, in different parts of the district, but the strategy is basically the same. Helping communities help themselves, and become stronger," he said.
Also on the ballot in Virginia this election, a proposed amendment to eminent domain, meaning private property can only be taken when it's clearly for public use. We've learned both candidates support this proposed amendment.