Here’s what to do when you’re ready to take action!
1. Get on the phone.
Call our U.S. Representative Bob Goodlatte and tell him (or really a staffer or an answering machine) how you feel about an issue. Bob doesn’t have a Lexington office, so feel free to call all five of his other offices:
- Washington, DC: (202) 225-5431
- Harrisonburg: (540) 432-2391
- Staunton: (540) 885-3861
- Debbie Garrett is District Supervisor
- Lynchburg: (434) 845-8306
- Roanoke: (540) 857-2672
- When you call Roanoke, ask for Jennifer Faulkner, Goodlatte’s District Scheduler, and request a meeting with Goodlatte in person.
Call our Virginia Delegate Ben Cline and tell him too:
- Amherst: (434) 946-9908
- Richmond: (804) 698-1024
2. Write letters-to-the editor of Virginia newspapers.
If the topic concerns Congress and so all of our U.S. House district, submit to:
- Lexington News-Gazette (300 words max):
- The Rockbridge Advocate:
- Staunton News Leader (350 words max):
- Roanoke Times (350 words max):
- Harrisonburg News-Record (150 words max):
- Lynchburg News & Advance (250 words max):
If a letter is too short to say it all, submit:
- an op-ed to Roanoke Times (750 words max):
- an “open forum” to Harrisonburg News-Record (500 words max):
If the topic pertains to all of Virginia, submit to:
- Richmond Times Dispatch (300 words max):
If the topic is specific to our Virginia House of Delegates district, submit to:
- Lexington News-Gazette (250 words max):
- Amherst New-Progress:
If you’re looking for other Virginia newspapers, look here:
- Virginia Organizing:
3. Attend town hall meetings.
A staffer from Bob Goodlatte’s office holds an “open door” meeting every third Thursday of the month from 9:00-10:30 at the Rockbridge County Administration Building at 150 South Main Street (second floor). Show up and ask lots of questions.
Ben Cline holds one town hall meeting in early January before the Virginia legislature session begins. It’s at the LDMS community center. We hope to have all of 50 Ways-Rockbridge there next time.