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3 days ago

Laura Galante for Delegate

Green pancakes and great conversations in Front Royal this morning. Like thousands of Virginians across the region, this 4-H Center is where I went to leadership camp (I remember taking my first Myers Briggs test here 20 years ago...still an ENTJ!) Centers and Extension programs like those held here have an outsized impact on youth and families—support in Richmond goes a long way to strengthen our local communities. ...

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Over 50 voters filled Cathy and Max Hall’s warm home today to hear my pitch about what makes a bright Rural Future! We were lucky to have several local officials including Supervisor Mary Leigh McDaniel, Warrenton Mayor Carter Nevill, and former candidate for the 18th District, Colin Harris. If you missed it, join us at Linden Vineyards on March 24 or at Barrel Oak Winery on March 31. Finally, should you get stuck in the mud at any of our events, we offer a live tractor pull demo for your vehicle. 😉 ...

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30 hours in Reykjavík: I kicked off Iceland’s first cybersecurity conference and interviewed with investigative and business media to raise awareness of cyber threats. Iceland (population 350,000...a bit smaller than Loudoun County) is known for a small town, trusting nature. In cyberspace, no one lives on an island and adopting a smart security posture is a must. ...

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3 weeks ago

Laura Galante for Delegate

Ending February on a high note: Met with Rise to Run in Culpeper to talk about women in leadership. Talked with Sen. Warner (also in Culpeper) and love his future workforce and portable benefits ideas. Brainstormed with tech and policy thinkers on telehealth, innovation in ag, and ways tech will be transforming industry in the 18th district. Stopped by the Northern Virginia 4-H Center for our board meeting and met up with the new Center Director to support the community events he has cooking for spring. And finally, our first lamb of the season was born Friday. He’s a keeper! ...

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Max and Cathy Hall are hosting a meet and greet on Sunday, March 10th, from 1:00-3:00PM.

Come and learn about Laura and her plans to improve our district's rural economy, strengthen our community and embrace smart technology. You can learn more about Laura at her website: galantefordelegate.com

Please RSVP to [email protected] - once you RSVP, you will be provided with the address.
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There’s one last narrow shot at passing the Equal Rights Amendment this session. While uncoordinated, this crew all showed up to the Fauquier Democratic Committee meeting in ERA-purple! ...

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4 weeks ago

Laura Galante for Delegate

Optimism abounds in Linden! ...

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4 weeks ago

Laura Galante for Delegate

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1 month ago

Laura Galante for Delegate

Talking with fishers and Rappahannock river stewards today at the Rapidan Trout Unlimited Show. Lots of different groups invested in river health and our watershed—the show goes til 4pm at Highland:
www.rapidantu.org/2019-rapidan-tu-chapter-annual-fishing-show/
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It has been a trying and painful few weeks for our commonwealth. Let this week bring us candor, prudence, and solidarity. My statement on Lieutenant Governor Fairfax: ...

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Should we ban tobacco and vaping at Virginia schools? (HB2384)
That’s a no brainer, you and 84 of the 100 members of the House of Delegates say, but not Delegate Michael Webert. Altria (the new Phillip Morris) gave Del. Webert money last year and it clearly paid off. If you haven’t stopped by a middle or high school in awhile, you may have missed a serious and growing crisis with vaping/juuling. It’s addictive, it’s ruining kids and families lives, and costing our schools. This isn’t about personal freedom, it’s about the health and safety of our kids. More stats and resources about vaping in VA here. www.virginiapreventionworks.org/how-to-talk-with-your-kids-about-vaping-guide/

Full bill here: (copy & paste into URL) lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?191+sum+HB2384
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1 month ago

Laura Galante for Delegate

A beautiful February day to talk about preparing our future workforce and boosting small farms here in the 18th district. Thank you Cathy Zimmerman and Janet Clark for planning a wonderful afternoon. Great to build on the energy Leslie Cockburn stirred up last year— and to have her with us today! We also had nice representation from Culpeper and a lively discussion. ...

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1 month ago

Laura Galante for Delegate

What does a thriving future look like for rural VA? That’s what we talked about at two Galante for Delegate events in Markham and Little Washington this weekend. Thank you Ronald Harris for your kind hospitality (and chili) in the Internet desert that is Markham! ...

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Today’s revelations about Governor Northam are painful, despicable, and offensive. Moral leadership is required more than ever in the Commonwealth, where our history is pockmarked with a sordid and shameful legacy of slavery and racism.

I stand with the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus who issued this powerful statement after remarks in the House and the other after meeting with the Governor. It is time for Governor Northam to resign.
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Ambushed my mom when she came over for dinner tonight. We talked about future workforce training and what a community college degree did for her mid-career. I’ve been exploring apprenticeship and “new collar” jobs with trade associations like the Consumer Technology Association and employees and workers here in the 18th. The quarterly Fauquier Job Fair was just rescheduled to Feb 7–I’m looking forward to it. I also basically got frostbite on my hand to film this, so please enjoy! ...

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Back from a full day in Richmond: Commonsense legislation proposed by many of the 2017 new delegates wasn’t the only thing stuck in the mud today... Thought I could do a quick hay run, but the fields are mush. After a lot of good tire spinning, here’s the last clear run. ...

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Stopped by to see our smart, hardworking, and very kind delegate to the north, Wendy Gooditis. She was set to propose one of the many thoughtful bills focused on solar production today. The team and I hit the Capitol building, watched the floor session and sat in a multiple subcommittee meetings where good bills went to die with minimal deliberation by the majority party. ...

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Here in the chamber now...right next to fellow Equal Rights Amendment supporters! ...

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2 months ago

Laura Galante for Delegate

Proud to see my friend and neighboring Delegate Elizabeth Guzman put forward a commonsense election finance reform bill this morning. Virginia has some of the most lax campaign finance laws in the country—something we need to change to rebuild public trust. ...

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2 months ago

Laura Galante for Delegate
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2 months ago

Laura Galante for Delegate

“My mother paid poll taxes here in this county so she could vote. I’ve never missed an election, not a single primary.” A Warrenton woman shared this with me tonight as we sat together during a celebration for a great American, Martin Luther King Jr. Here’s a bit of the spirit that was in the room thanks to the MLK choir and a beautiful tribute to freedom by Earlene Morgan. ...

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2 months ago

Laura Galante for Delegate

Work-Campaign balance...Today I spoke with a top notch team at Safeguard Cyber about next gen cyber threats. I’m honored to be a part of the mission, and I particularly like that the company was hatched, raised, and thrives in Charlottesville! ...

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2 months ago

Laura Galante for Delegate

It has been a busy week on the campaign trail—here’s my debrief. And if you make it to the end, don’t fear for my animals...I was breaking ice (not buckets)! ...

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3 months ago

Laura Galante for Delegate

Looking for a worthy cause to propel into 2019? Check out my grassroots campaign focused on building a bright, rural future at Galantefordelegate.com. I’m focused on strengthening our local economy and small town communities, and of course, finishing the job on broadband coverage.

Every $ that you can contribute will have a huge impact on my ability to communicate across our large district—especially since I won’t be taking a penny from corporate PACs. Thanks for your support and happy 2019!
secure.actblue.com/donate/galante-for-delegate?utf8=%E2%9C%93&amount=&commit=Contribute
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3 months ago

Laura Galante for Delegate

Tried out the new rink at Northern Fauquier Park and heard another story about the struggle for broadband. A young woman who grew up here in Marshall is studying cybersecurity and is almost done with her degree. She couldn’t get decent enough internet around Rectortown to finish up her courses with more intense data needs. Ended up moving to Manassas just for broadband. We can’t afford to lose talented folks over this! ...

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3 months ago

Laura Galante for Delegate

Merry Christmas from across the pond! We are celebrating with family in Bulgaria this year. I visited for the first time with T in 2005. The country has changed a lot since it joined the EU, but the warm families, mountain villages, and food are always Bulgaria’s heart. ...

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3 months ago

Laura Galante for Delegate

I spent some time in Richmond this weekend meeting leaders in the House and other candidates. Spoke with a few folks running in other rural districts: access to healthcare, local job growth, and broadband coverage—the issues that we all keep hearing.Meet some of your future candidates for the House of Delegates! Impressive group here at the House Democratic Caucus candidate training today - we're looking forward to helping them win their districts next year. Thank you to Communications Workers of America Local 2201 for letting us use their space! ...

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Two days of snow and a cancelled flight, but I still should be back in time for our 4-H Christmas Party tonight... I’ve been in Kyiv for a few days standing up the cyber operations element of the Ukrainian Election Task Force with the Atlantic Council. Every visit I’m impressed by the dedication people have to improving their own democratic experiment. Here are a few pics including some from Maydan, the central square and setting for the bloody and courageous revolution barely five years ago. ...

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3 months ago

Laura Galante for Delegate

Last night we had a different kind of event, and I’m pretty thrilled about it. Most political events attract a group of dedicated power volunteers, but last night we had more of a small town feel. There were lots of different views and also, folks who hadn’t engaged much in politics before. We covered a lot of ground: local econ issues, small scale ag, and of course, broadband. My favorite moment of the night though, was when a member of the Orlean Market’s great crew mentioned that this was a pretty cool way to spend a Tuesday night. Thanks to everyone who came out! More to come! ...

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4 months ago

Laura Galante for Delegate

It’s Christmas parade weekend across the 18th district! I love seeing our towns out in full force and cheer. My 4-H cloverbud club proudly marched our sheep (wearing scarves) in the Warrenton Christmas Parade. Then we had breakfast with Santa at the packed Marshall Fire Dept before meeting lots of parade goers who didn’t let the rain dampen their spirits. Great kick off to the season! ...

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