Del. Dickie Bell draws challenger in 20th House District

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Will Hammer

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Staunton resident Will Hammer has announced that he will challenge Republican Delegate Dickie Bell in the 20th House of Delegates District as the Libertarian candidate. A 2005 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School and 2009 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College with a BA in Economics, Hammer ran in 2014 against incumbent Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte in the 6th District.

In a press release, Hammer noted, “The race may have changed [from 2014], but my principles have not. I will be looking to get people to talk about the role of government, personal and economic freedom, and the grave failure of the two party system.”

He continued, “When elected, I will fight against the Dominion pipeline, to end gerrymandering and corruption, bring transparency to Richmond and publish a reasoning for every vote that I place. I will hold online and in person public forums for my constituents. I will protect your gun rights as I was given an A grade from Gun Owners of America last year. I will fight for judicial reform, marijuana legalization, balancing the budget and paying down the state’s debt. I will walk the walk, not talk the talk.”

Hammer expanded on the reason for his candidacy:

It is with great pleasure that I formally announce my candidacy for Virginia’s House of Delegates 20th District. Though I did not get elected last year, I gained a lot of experience and look forward to running again. I am very proud of my campaign last year and look to bring that momentum to this race.

I will be seeking the Libertarian Party nomination again and there will be a lot of carry over from last years campaign. The race may have changed, but my principles have not. I will be looking to get people to talk about the role of government, personal and economic freedom, and the grave failure of the two party system. Party politics has polarized and divided us and I look to end that; my opponent is not immune to that. I may be a dissenting voice when elected, but you will know where I stand, that I am not bought by corporate interest, and that I will work with both sides of the aisle to advance issues that seriously affect Virginians.

Last year I garnered 22,602 votes, or 12.3%, throughout the 6th Congressional District. I achieved this with only $3412.75 compared to my opponent’s $1.2 million, which is about 15 cents per vote to his $9 a vote. I am very proud of this, but of course wish I had done better. This was the best a Libertarian has ever done in a Federal election in Virginia. But even more promising is that the area that makes up Virginia’s 20th District was where I did the best, other than Roanoke. Overall I got 15.6% in Highland, Augusta, Staunton, and Waynesboro; with 19.5% in Staunton and 17.9% in Waynesboro.

I want to grow and better our community. The natural beauty of the area I have called home all of my life, the beautiful architecture and history, and most importantly the kind and considerate people. Whether you are Democrat, Republican, or independent, the two party system has failed us and we must send them a message. Electing a Libertarian will send a loud message to Richmond that we are tired of business as usual. When elected, I will fight against the Dominion pipeline, to end gerrymandering and corruption, bring transparency to Richmond and publish a reasoning for every vote that I place. I will hold online and in person public forums for my constituents. I will protect your gun rights as I was given an A grade from Gun Owners of America last year. I will fight for judicial reform, marijuana legalization, balancing the budget and paying down the state’s debt. I will walk the walk, not talk the talk. If you are tired of business as usual in Virginia, join me and let’s seriously change Richmond.

At this time there are no other candidates in the race. The primary will be held June 9.

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One thought on “Del. Dickie Bell draws challenger in 20th House District

  1. Calvin Lucy says:

    It’s interlopers like this that end up making it a ONE PARTY (DEMOCRAT) system by siphoning off republican voters. YLSF

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