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The Blue & Gray Press | October 20, 2017

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What students need to know for election day

Ginny Clark/The Blue & Gray Press

By NEPHTHALIE LAUTURE

Senate

Mark Warner – Democrat

Warner says he believes that all students should all have a fair shot at a college education and will work to make college more affordable for students, citing current legislation he has proposed to reform student loan repayment. For healthcare, Warner agrees with the premise of the Affordable Care Act, noting that he believes all Americans should have access to ACA.

Ed Gillespie – Republican 

Gillespie says he believes in making higher education more affordable and accessible for students. Gillespie opposes all efforts to tie federal student aid to a school rating system.  In addressing student loans, Gillespie supports simplifying FAFSA and tying student loan payments to income levels. He plans to reform the federal accreditation system and will continue to place emphasis on Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics programs in schools.

Robert Sarvis – Libertarian

Sarvis supports health care reform, specifically deregulation, wanting to provide more healthcare providers, rational incentives and innovation to produce accessible and affordable care.

House of Representatives, 1st Congressional District

Rob Wittman – Republican

Wittman opposes the ACA and says he believes it is harmful because select states have been granted waivers from Medical Loss Ratio requirements, as well as limiting the out of pocket costs for families and individuals including deductibles and co-payments.

Norm Mosher – Democrat

Mosher says he believes that women deserve equal rights, pay and opportunity. He supports marriage equality and wishes to ban discrimination on the basis of discrimination. Mosher says he has plans to work on lowering student debt and making college more affordable and accessible for all students.

Gail Parker – Independent Green

Parker advocates for high-speed rails, stating it provides safer transportation and cuts the nation’s dependency on foreign oil.

Proposed Amendment

The proposed amendment in question will allow voters to decide whether or not they want the legislature to “exempt from taxation the real estate of a surviving spouse of any member of the armed forces of the United States who was killed in action, where the surviving spouse occupies the real property as his or her principal place of residence and has not remarried,” according to the Board of Elections.