As Greg Moulthrop (gregmoulthrop.com) explains it (see the video below), his race against Delegate Suhas Subramanyam (suhasforvirginia.com) for the seat in House of Delegates District 87 resulted from the complaints of parents against the Loudoun County School Board. Moulthrop decided the easiest way to fix the mess the school board had created would be to run for public office.
Moulthrop provides a frank and interesting interview. Even if you intend to (or already have voted) vote for Subramanyam, what Moulthrop has to say is worth hearing.
The NAACP provided Subramanyam an opportunity to answer questions at a slightly less partisan forum (see Candidates Meet at Loudoun NAACP Forum (loudounnow.com)). The issues discussed included education, police accountability, and racial equity. Below is what Subramanyam had to say about Critical Race Theory (which the Democrat candidates at the forum said “is not being taught in public schools.”
Subramanyam, who sits on the House’s education committee, pointed that out Loudoun’s dark past with racism in schools—being one of the last school districts in the country to integrate.
“Sometimes these things make people uncomfortable, and we have to talk about an uncomfortable past like segregation, which was rampant in Loudoun County in the past. … Even just a couple years ago a slave game was taught in one of our schools and that made the news,” Subramanyam said. “That’s how Loudoun County schools have made the news, even in recent history. So it’s time to change. And if all of that change that’s going to do good for our schools is going to be swept under this blanket called Critical Race Theory on an election year, then so be it.”Candidates Meet at Loudoun NAACP Forum (loudounnow.com)
Loudoun Now has probably provided the most extensive coverage of this race.
- On The Ballot: House of Delegates (loudounnow.com)
- Loudoun Chamber Hosts Delegate Candidates Forum (loudounnow.com): Unfortunately, Moulthrop did not show up at this event.
- Moulthrop Announces 87th House District Run (loudounnow.com)
What else is out there?
- How Loudoun County schools ended up at the center of Virginia’s election (npr.org): Because angry parents have engaged in verbal and legal warfare with equally angry officials sitting on their local school boards, the political struggles in our area have garnered national attention. Here is a perspective from the publicly funded news media.
- VA-Gov: Pres. Biden Reminds Voters That Trumpism Can Come In The Form Of A Smile & A Fleece Vest: This is from the Daily Kos. The author uses a quote from Moulthrop as a foil for his arguments against “Trumpism.”
- Virginia House of Delegates, 87th District, 2021 (scottbradford.us): Here a Conservative blogger politely gives his impression of the candidates. Since our local news media (corporate owned mostly) is doing such an awful job of covering local politics, bloggers are taking up the slack. Think about that. Then consider the effort by politicians and Big Tech to censor the Internet. Note also that Google is no friend of this website. So, we appreciate it when you let family, friends and neighbors know about us.
So, what information is available to help you decide how to vote? Voter Guides for the House of Delegates races are somewhat scarce, but we have our own. See the notice below. Note that Moulthrop responded to our survey. Here are some additional voter guides.
- Virginia | iVoterGuide.com, the project of a coalition of Christian organizations (see Our Partners | iVoterGuide.com), provides a Liberal/Conservative rating for each of the candidates with respect to both the statewide races (Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General) and each of the House of Delegate races. Click on the “MORE” button to find addtional information including responses to a questionnaire (when candidates choose to respond).
- Virginia Voter Guide | Your Values. Your Vote. Your Voice. (vavoterguide.com) is a product of The Family Foundation. The guide contains section with the statewide candidates (pdf file) and a link showing the positions of the candidates for the House of Delegates (View All Candidates). Alternately, you can fill in the fields and get something more personal.
- PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY | Progressive Voters Guide is what it sounds like (see About | Progressive Voters Guide). This guide provides bios on the “progressive” candidates. Has nothing to say about the other candidates.
- 2021 Virginia Voter Guide: Election Day is November 2nd! – UFCW Local 400 (ufcw400.org) is a union webpage that provides union members directions on who to vote for.
- NORML – Smoke the Vote is a guide that a group advocating the legalization of marijuana has put together.
- On Election Day – Be the Voice of Small Business (nfib.com) is a guide put together by a Virginia organization that advocates for small business. Their guide contains a list of endorsements.
- VCA Voter Guide (virginiachristianaction.org) is a Christian voter guide that makes use of the votes the incumbents made in the House of Delegates. So, there are quite a few “unknowns” with respect to the positions of some of the candidates, but there is also quite a bit of information.
Subramanyam, because he is an incumbent has a voting record, is a relatively well known quantity. Moulthrop’s positions, because of poor news coverage, are more slightly more difficult to discern. Hence, we can compare Subramanyam’s votes against our own beliefs (see the scorecards below), but we may be a little less certain where Moulthrop stands. So, if you are unhappy with Subramanyam and leaning towards Moulthrop, you may wish to visit his website, attend one of his events, and/or try to call him.
- 2021_TFF_ReportCard_Digital-Final.pdf (familyfoundation.org): Legislators are scored based on their voting record on issues that affect the family.
- NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia: Legislators are scored based on their voting record on reproductive issues.
- The Family Foundation of Virginia: Legislators are scored by the Family Foundation on their votes on bills related to “principles of life, marriage, parental authority, constitutional government and religious liberty.”
- Virginia Citizens Defense League: Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to the Second Amendment.
- Virginia Education Association: Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to education.
In addition, consider two other sources.
- See Suhas Subramanyam (ballotpedia.org) and Gregory_Moulthrop (ballotpedia.org/). Neither candidate filled out Ballotpedia‘s survey, but there is still useful information.
- Elections: House of Delegates District 87 (vpap.org) contains useful information on who is funding each of the candidates. It is worthwhile checking out who is funding each of the candidates and considering how that affects their loyalty to their party and donors, including out of state donors.
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