57th District Candidates Talk To Voters

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

September 19, 2005

The general election is just about two months away, and candidates for all the races are giving it all they've got.

For the first time in 24 years a name different than Van Yahres is on the ballot for the House of Delegates' 57th District seat. With just two months to go until voter's pick republican Tom McCrystal or democrat David Toscano, the newcomers are making themselves known.

"We've been really focusing on winning this election one vote at a time. I've been doing a lot of door to door, [and] talking to people," said Republican Tom McCrystal, one of the candidates for the 57th District seat in the House of Delegates.

"We've been working very hard since the primary to get our organization ready for the fall. We're about ready to go, we're right where we want to be," said Democrat David Toscano, one of the candidates for the 57th District seat in the House of Delegates.

They still hit the pavement to talk to voters as the big day approaches.

"We think it's really important to take our agendas and proposals to the people. You're going to see a series of events designed to discuss issues that people feel are important," explained Toscano.

"We've got an event scheduled with Christine Todd-Whitman, the former Governor of New Jersey. A moderate republican [who I think] is a great person in the center of the party," added McCrystal.

The latest topic to outlined for voters is the shortage of nurses. Virginia ranks 40th nation-wide when it comes to having enough nurses per capita. Toscano made a proposal this morning outlining his plans. McCrystal outlined his during the primary.

"Unless we begin to tackle that problem now it is not going to get any better," said Toscano.

"I proposed the creation of a community college trust fund," said McCrsytal.

The shortage not only affects nurses, but patients, too. This nursing manager says likes the fact the candidates are address the her concerns.

"What we need is a lot of different legislators to truly understand the issues surrounding the nursing shortage," said Teresa Haller, the Nursing Manager for the University of Virginia.

The general election is Tuesday, November 8th, which is only 50 days away.

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