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The political organization founded by a national figure in the Democratic Party has endorsed a Culpeper candidate for Virginia House of Delegates.
Former presidential candidate and Vermont Gov. Howard Dean's Democracy for America Tuesday announced its support for Democrat Traci Dippert in her bid for the Virginia House of Delegates 30th District seat currently held by Del. Ed Scott, R-Madison.
Gov. Dean's brother, Jim Dean, chairman of Democracy for America, offered his personal support in a news release.
"DFA is proud to endorse Traci Dippert ... She has stepped up to run against incumbent Ed Scott, whose dismal voting record has taken the state backward instead of forward," Dean said in the release from Dippert for Delegate. "Traci will bring common sense back to the state legislature. Imagine a Virginia where everyone can find a job, a Virginia where we keep our money in the local economy, and every teacher has all the necessary resources to prepare students to enter our economy. That's Traci Dippert's vision for Virginia."
Dippert is an elementary school teacher for Rappahannock County Public Schools and understands the value of a rock-solid public education system, Dean said.
"And she has seen first-hand the disastrous results of underfunding public education," he added.
Dean went on to say that as delegate for the 30th District, covering part of Culpeper and all of Madison and Orange counties, Dippert "would be the voice of reason in the increasingly unreasonable state legislature."
"She would fight to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act to more than 400,000 eligible Virginians who currently can't afford health insurance," Dean said. "Traci stands for strengthening our schools and will work to invest in our students to prepare them for 21st century careers."
Dippert, in a statement, said she was honored to get Dean's endorsement, promising to be the voice for the voiceless in government.
"Together with Democracy for America I stand with the communities of the 30th District and all of Virginia in the fight for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all citizens," she said.
Scott, 47, has represented the 30th District in the statehouse since 2004. He took issue with Dean's comment about his "dismal voting record."
"I look forward to running for re-election based on my record, because it is a record of accomplishment," Scott said Tuesday. "National rankings continue to show that Virginia's business climate and public education system are ranked among the nation's best and our unemployment rate is the lowest in the southeast."
The Virginia House of Delegates passed several pieces of legislation in the past session helping to improve the business climate, Scott said, including reforming the legal system to reduce unnecessary lawsuits.
"Equally important locally were my successful efforts to fund the General District Court vacancy that will keep our courts serving the community in a timely manner," he said. "It is because of my voting record that the Virginia Chamber of Commerce recently honored me with their Champion of Free Enterprise Award."
With support from Virginia voters, Scott said, he would continue efforts to make Virginia a great place to do business and raise a family. He is a 1983 graduate of Culpeper County High School and a Virginia Tech alumni.
Scott works as director of operations at EcoSeptix Alliance, LLC in Orange County, a septic systems operation and maintenance company.