Thanks for adding that, Heather.

You are right. Sometimes it makes us feel good to bypass the major party candidates to vote for an independent or a write-in candidate. In this year's presidential election that would be either the libertarian candidate or Virgil Goode, beloved by many in SW Virginia. However, since neither of those candidates has any chance of winning. voting for them will not yield an outcome that will help anyone. As hard as it might be, come to grips with the major candidate who comes closest to reflecting your beliefs and priorities. For me, that means that I cannot find one candidate who meets all of my criteria. However, I go with the person who speaks to me in the area in which I am most passionate, and that is child health and well-being. The rest goes on hold. Do not refuse to vote because you are frustrated, angry or afraid. Make sure you send the major party candidates a message. They WILL listen. They have to.

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