Virginia’s House of Delegates, like the U.S. House of Representatives, should be, as John Adams said, “An exact portrait of the people.” The founders stipulated that our representatives be directly elected and face the voters often, in both cases every two years.
In the November election, only half our 88 incumbent delegates faced opposition at all, with 12 seats open. Of those 88, only five to seven races were considered competitive, and only two changed parties. The game isn’t fair, the playing field isn’t level, and the will of the people is not being heard.
Abraham is a businessman and author who lives in Blacksburg. He recently ran for the House of Delegates in the 7th District.