Meet John Douglass

Though we usually avoid discussing politics, there is a Democratic candidate this year that I hope my friends will agree warrants crossover consideration by Republicans. He is General John Douglass, a retired Air Force brigadier general running for Congress in our 5th District, opposing Representative Robert Hurt. General Douglass previously served as a military staffer on Ronald Reagan’s National Security Council, is a former Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and is a military intelligence and technology expert. He also served as president and CEO of Aerospace Industries Association which represents the nation’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of civil, military and business aircraft.

General Douglass was asked by Time Magazine columnist, Joe Klein, why he was a Democrat. His response was, “I’m too progressive on social issues. I just think everybody should get a fair shot at the dream, but we seem to be drifting away from that.” In Klein’s interview Douglass made clear his support for equal rights for all – including homosexuals. He also makes clear his opposition to the proposed open pit uranium mine in Pittsylvania County, which he calls a “potential disaster to the environment.”

I encourage Lake residents, Democrats and Republicans, as well as other concerned citizens in Fluvanna County to meet General Douglass. The Fluvanna Democratic Committee is sponsoring a brunch at the Lake Monticello Clubhouse on October 14 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. where General Douglass will speak and answer questions. Details will be published at a later date.

One more thing – General Douglass is 71 years old. His high energy is remarkable, but he is not running for Congress to enhance his credentials or further his career. He has been quite happy and quite occupied in semi-retirement on his farm in Fauquier County. His candidacy and tremendous dedication of time and travel throughout the 5th District is for his country – for you, me, and our children and grandchildren.

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