Open Letter to Delegate Todd Longanacre
Dear Delegate Longanacre:
We are taking the opportunity to respond to your statements which were published in the Apr. 18 edition of the West Virginia Daily News, which took place during the recent town hall/Greenbrier County Republican Club meeting. We are concerned with your remark that there were some bills you voted on based on opposing the vote of Delegate Danielle Walker from Monongalia County. We understand that there are truly hundreds of bills offered at each session, but surely there is a better way to learn about them than choosing to merely oppose a fellow delegate. The needs of the 42 District aren’t red needs or blue needs or even green needs, but the those of all of our citizens. We would hope that all of your votes are based on what is best for all people in your district.
We are further concerned that you singled out Delegate Walker. Why reference delegates from another county in the first place? There are three other Democratic delegates from the 51 District. Why single out Ms. Walker? Is it because she is an African American woman? Was it your intention to disparage a fellow delegate to gain the approval of your constituents?
We believe that all people, including elected officials, need to be treated with respect. We hope that you will apologize to our friend and your fellow delegate, Delegate Danielle Walker. Moreover, we would like to have a dialog with you so we can better understand your positions on various issues going forward.
We invite you to attend one of our upcoming meetings in the next couple of months so that we can exchange views and information important to West Virginia legislation. Please let us know when you are available.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Carol S. Evans, President
Diane Browning, Vice President
Sarah Umberger, Secretary
Greenbrier County Democratic Women’s Club