All You Need to Know About the Primary Election

Make sure you are registered to vote on June 12

Christian Gardner, Sports Editor

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Election season is back again. On June 12 people will be flocking to polls to vote in the primary elections. Primary elections don’t elect candidates, but they are used to figure out which candidates will represent their party in the general election in November.

Are you registered to vote? According to the Virginia Department of Elections, to be eligible to vote you must:

  • Not be registered to vote in another state
  • Not declared mentally incompetent
  • Not be a convicted felon
  • Be a US Citizen
  • Be at least 18 years old.

If you are 17 on June 12th, you’re in luck, you can still partake in the primary elections if you are 18 by the November 6 General Election date. Make sure to register to vote if you haven’t. You can do so at the Department of Motor Vehicles or online by clicking here.

In a poll of 45 Hylton students asking what political issue was most important to them, it was clear that gun control held the most prominence with 33 percent of the vote, followed by equality (18%) and immigration (13%). Do this year’s candidates hold the same stances as Hylton Students?

One of the biggest seats up for election this year in Virginia is US Senate. The seat is currently held by Tim Kaine. He has been senator for Virginia since 2013 and is known for being Hillary Clinton’s running mate in the 2016 presidential election.

Tim Kaine is a democrat, running unopposed in the democratic party primary election. Kaine respects the right to bear arms and he is a gun owner himself. Although he owns a firearm, he has made an effort to restrict the sale of guns. He pushes to require background checks for the sale of guns and for registered gun owners to be recorded in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Kaine is also proud to call America a “nation of immigrants.” He wants to make an effort to improve the “broken immigration system.” Kaine has supported Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA). “I support a bipartisan approach to immigration reform that will provide a better visa system to encourage growth of a talented workforce, enhance our border security, create a path to normalizing the legal status of those here unlawfully – following compliance with various requirements such as payment of taxes and a fine – and establish a better system for companies to verify the immigration status of their employees.” If you wish to learn more about Tim Kaine click here 

The Republican primary senate race is much more competitive than the democratic race. There are three candidates that will be on the ballot on June 12th; Nick Freitas, E.W. Jackson, and Corey Stewart.

Nick Freitas is a veteran and currently serving Virginia’s 30th district in the House of Delegates. Freitas is a firm believer in the second amendment. According to nick4senate.com, Freitas believes that restrictions on the second amendment must be opposed because they are “a direct violation of both the letter and the spirit of the law.” Freitas wishes to secure America’s borders and reform the immigration system. “We cannot allow for processes that do not take into account the best interests of our citizens. The current system has allowed terrorists and criminals to step in front of honest immigrants seeking to assimilate into our society.” Freitas has many endorsements and most notably Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. To learn more about Nick Freitas click here.

E.W. Jackson is a former pastor and veteran who now is looking to represent Virginia in the political sphere. He has been on Fox News multiple times and can be found on YouTube giving his various political views. Jackson shares a lot of his stances with Donald Trump including building the wall and pro-life legislation. “[Jackson] will never side with the weak, establishment Republicans who attack the President and refuse to support his agenda.” Jackson’s campaign slogan is quite similar to the now infamous “Make America Great Again!” E.W. Jackson wants Virginians to “Believe Again!” To learn more about E.W. Jackson click here

Corey Stewart is currently the At-Large Chairman of the Board of the County Supervisors in Prince William County. Stewart stands with Donald Trump and says he will uphold his America First Agenda. Stewart will crackdown on immigration and protect the second amendment. According to coreystewart.com as the At-Large Chairman of the Board of the County Supervisors, he has overseen the deportation of over 7,500 illegal immigrants in Prince William County. Stewart believes that “Every illegal immigrant arrested should be deported – no questions asked.” Stewart also believes in upholding the second amendment and will fight to remove any “unconstitutional restrictions.” Click here to learn more about Corey Stewart.

Along with the Senate election there are multiple seats for the US House of Representatives up for election. Prince William County is divided into three different districts: District 1, District 10, and District 11. For those in the first district your representative is Robert Wittman who has been representative since 2007. If you live in the tenth district, you are represented by Barbara Comstock who has been your representative since 2015. Finally, the eleventh district’s representative is Gerald Connolly who has served as representative since 2009. Luckily all of those districts are up for election so there is no confusion. Click here to learn which district you’re in. 

It’s interesting to see that although the political arena can be so polarizing, there are still similarities in the mission of both parties. Both parties wish to improve the immigration system that is currently set in place. Hopefully, whoever takes office can find a way to unite these two parties and work with each other for positive change. Be sure to get out and vote on June 12th and make your voice heard.

 

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