Every four years each Congressional district must elect three representatives to the State Central Committee (SCC). I’m running for reelection, and I ask you to become a delegate and vote for me at the District Convention on May 30 at Central High School in Woodstock, VA. I explained the convention in my newsletter two weeks ago. Ask your local Party chair about the deadline for signing up. I know of one county whose sign-up deadline is January 31, so don’t delay.
A person who has never served in an office has to run on what they promise to do. As an incumbent, I have to run on how well I kept the promises I made. I think I’ve done a pretty good job of keeping my word.
I said then that some candidates hound you for your vote, but once they’ve won, you never see them again until the next election cycle. I pledged to travel all over the district in order to stay in touch with the needs and views of the people I represent. Since 2016, I have attended barbeques in Page County and Christmas dinners in Roanoke City. I have been to Lincoln Dinners in Warren and Shenandoah Counties. I have attended multiple unit meetings in Augusta and Amherst Counties, in Bedford, Botetourt, Rockbridge, and Rockingham Counties, in Staunton and Waynesboro and Harrisonburg. I’ve been to every unit multiple times, I’ve talked to all sorts of people at all sorts of events. I’ve listened to your concerns – and I’ve hopefully made friends with most of you.
I pledged to help educate grassroots Republicans as to what is going on in your Party so you can have a better understanding of the decisions you are asked to make. To do that I started writing a weekly email newsletter. By count, this one is number 203. If you want to see any of the ones I’ve written in the past they are available at www.VoteDocTroxel.com/Doc-Says/. I also repost them on my “Vote Doc Troxel” Facebook page. In addition to the weekly newsletter, I have begun cohosting a monthly podcast called Grassroots Heartbeat, which covers subjects of interest to Republican voters particularly in Virginia’s Sixth Congressional District. Recently the Waynesboro “News Virginian” started publishing a column from me every other week. And “The Bull Elephant” has published a number of my articles. I have also spoken at a number of events at which I was asked to provide updates and other information on Republican happenings in the district and state. And I don’t make a dime on any of it.
Why do I want to go through another four years of statewide travel at my own expense and taking time away from my family? I started my first term aligned with other grassroots conservatives on the SCC. Unfortunately, we were in the minority on most votes. However, certain power players in the RPV finally ‘overplayed their hands’ and offended a number of their core supporters on the SCC. Those offended supporters are now more open to working with grassroots conservatives on a number of issues. A lot of that openness is based on relationships we have built over the past four years. We are on the cusp of a major breakthrough to a leadership team that truly follows Republican ideals in more than just what they say but in what they actually do. We are on the cusp of turning the Party around and reversing the downward slide of Virginia. I want to finish turning the RPV in the right direction. I want to use the relationships I’ve developed during my first term to get the job finished. The task has been challenging, but the potential for success is huge. I firmly believe we can still save our God-given freedoms.
But it takes more than just electing me. Two of your current Sixth District SCC representatives, Nate Boyer and Joe Sonsmith, are stepping down, and we need to replace them with the same kind of solid, grassroots conservatives whom you can trust. I believe Steve Kurtz and Dean Welty will be SCC representatives of whom the Sixth District can be proud. Steve is a former Sixth District Northern Region Vice Chair and is currently Warren County Chairman. He has turned his county around and has elected a Republican to every county office. He knows the District and its issues, and he knows what units need in order to be successful. Dean Welty is a thoughtful, influential gentleman who heads the Valley Family Forum. He has a huge supply of experience and connections that can be brought to bear in our efforts to turn the Commonwealth around. Both men will be great assets to the District and to the SCC.
District Chairs also vote on the SCC. Current Sixth District Vice Chair, John Massoud, has proven leadership skills and a work ethic that shows up on the ground in his efforts to get Republican candidates elected. As a member of the Strasburg Town Council, he wrote the Second Amendment Sanctuary ordinance that he then convinced the more liberal town councilors to adopt unanimously. His votes on the crucial issues will always reflect those of Sixth District Republicans. Therefore, I ask you to become a delegate to the District Convention and vote for John Massoud for Chair, and for Steve Kurtz, Dean Welty, and me, Doc Troxel, as your SCC representatives.
Steve “Doc” Troxel, Ph.D.