26 January 2017
Newly-elected U.S. Rep. Tom Garrett (R-Buckingham) visited Fluvanna County High School on Wednesday (Jan. 18) to talk to about 100 seniors.
Garrett admitted he hoped the soon-to-be voters would support him in the next election. But he also talked emphatically about rights, privilege and opportunity. “The reason I’m here right now is because I believe in you,” he said.
“We are a nation of flawed people founded on a premise that is about as flawless as could be,” said Garrett as he paced back and forth before the government students in the auditorium. He spoke of Martin Luther King, Jr., Patrick Henry and Barbara Johns – three heroes on whose shoulders the students stand, he said.
When Garrett opened the floor for questions, the students kept up a steady stream until long after the bell had rung for dismissal.“You’ve spoken very passionately about equality, but in 2016 you voted against a bill that would have prohibited discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation in housing practices,” said one student.