November 7 is Election Day in Virginia. All 100 members of the Housing of Delegates are up for election as well as the offices of Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General. So many of the issues that impact the families and individuals we serve – healthcare, housing, education, transportation – will be directly affected by those chosen on election day. Too often, turnout is miserably low for elections in an ‘off year’ as this one is, but this year, too much is at stake to sit at home.

So participate in our democracy and vote; and encourage your friends and colleagues to vote as well! If you’re able, assist those who are elderly or without transportation in getting to the polls. Let’s make 2017 the year when we raised the bar on the number of citizens who made it to the polls – the well-being of our communities depends on it!