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Del. Sam Rasoul Wows the Richmond Crusade for Voters Tuesday Evening!

Del. Sam Rasoul (D-11th district – Roanoke) was one of the guest speakers at the Richmond Crusade for Voters meeting last night and he did not disappoint.

This blogger, who is actually a member of the RCFV (although I need to renew that membership at the next meeting), was at the meeting wearing a GOP tie and he got the honor of introducing the guest from Roanoke.

I can tell you that Del. Rasoul is in politics for the right reasons.  He was bipartisan in his criticism of what he called (I paraphrase) the structural issues – income disparity and the political system.  Rasoul spoke on how the political system drives the politicians in both parties away from the center to the extremes.  His term limits constitutional amendment will have to wait until next year because state constitutional amendments have to be passed twice by the General Assembly with an intervening election between passages and then it goes to the voters to be considered.  (But he got a lot of political mileage out of it!)  Rasoul also believes it is a conflict of interest for the legislators to draw their own lines; his open primary idea might prevent what occurs often in counties like Hanover where one party’s primary effectively becomes the election.

Rasoul is a pretty good speaker and he’s poised before an audience and has some charisma.  Before the meeting he mingled about and talked to people.  He first ran for political office as a Democrat against Cong. Goodlatte and received over 114,000 votes and 37% and was elected in a special election to succeed Del. Onzlee Ware.  Rasoul was elected for a full two year term with over 70% of the vote in 2013 over Roanoke City Sheriff Octavia Johnson.

Now I would say I am not sold on his ideas – other than term limits and he did endorse the indigent defense bill Senator Dance introduced – for example Rasoul co-sponsored the Federal ERA (unnecessary and dangerous) that I completely disagree with.  But a good political friend of mine says if a officeholder has integrity, he can work with that person.  I believe Del. Sam Rasoul has integrity and I do think he’s trying to do the right not just feather his own nest.  I am sorry I do not have a open seat for the legislature to run for after hearing him talk Tuesday night.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood “Sandy” Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia’s first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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