Dirk B. Padgett
“Boo! Republican Marshall Coleman wants to control your reproductive rights!” It was Halloween 1989, and the election for Virginia governor was coming to a close. Attending law school in Richmond that year, I came home from class, picked up the mail and sorted through the campaign literature. Addressed to my wife was the above message written in a Halloween card.
My wife commented upon looking at the card, “I’m not voting for him!” In part because of his views on abortion, Coleman lost that election to Douglas Wilder.
Padgett lives in Roanoke and is presently a prosecutor with the Office of Military Commissions in Washington, D.C.