Once a year we gather together to celebrate the day that a generation of men stood up against tyranny and oppression to state in one Declaration that they would no longer accept being treated as anything but equal. Through the signing of the Declaration of Independence on that day, 238 years ago, those men became the founders of a new nation and a new idea. On this day every year, we celebrate the freedom, rights, and opportunities afforded us by the words written in that document with parades, fireworks, food, and family.
Former Lt. Governor and Democratic nominee for Virginia's 8th Congressional seat Don Beyer announced his disappointment and concern this morning after the Supreme Court's Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. decision was announced a little after 10 am.
Earlier this afternoon, former Lt. Governor Don Beyer congratulated Virginia Delegate Bob Brink on his appointment as Deputy Commissioner for Aging Services in the Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS). Beyer, recently elected Democratic Nominee for Virginia's 8th district seat in Congress, spoke to Del. Brink about his new role and his transition from Delegate to DARS, where he will assist in oversight of several programs safeguarding older Virginians.
Thank you, citizens of Virginia’s 8th District, for showing up and voting today. Thank you, Governor, for honoring us with your presence! And thank you, President Obama, for having lunch today in Delray! Tonight is the culmination of the hard work, the heartfelt values, and the shared ideas of many, many, many good people. I am honored and humbled to be your standard bearer. I have loved this campaign. The volunteers. The staff. All the thoughtful, challenging voters. But what I have liked best has been the opportunity to talk with great optimism about the way forward.