The BRI obtained a copy of official letters sent by Garrey W. Curry, Jr.., P.E., the County Administrator for Rappahannock County to the county’s elected members of the General Assembly in Richmond. The letter was sent to both Delegate Michael Webert (VA House of Delegates, 18th District) and Senator Mark Obenshain (VA Senate, 26th District).
In the Tuesday, June 11 Democratic primary for District 18 delegate, Rappahannock voters can choose between two long time Virginia residents — Laura Galante of Marshall and Tristan Shields of Rixeyville. In the November election, one of them will face the incumbent, Republican Michael Webert
The Democratic candidate for the 18th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates hopes his second campaign for the job will produce a different result.
In the November 2017 general election, Republican incumbent Michael Webert, 39, who lives near Marshall, won a third term to the legislature with 60.4 percent of the district votes (16,686). His Democratic rival — Tristan Shields of Culpeper — got 34.3 percent (9,486 votes).
The first-time candidate traces her interest in elective office to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks almost 18 years ago.
Laura Galante, who lives near Marshall, had just started her junior year at James W. Robinson Jr. Secondary School in Fairfax when 19 hijackers on a picture-perfect fall day crashed jet liners into New York’s World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field.