버지니아 비치 시장, 윌 세섬(공화당), 마크 워너 상원 지지 선언

ALEXANDRIA – Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms, a Republican, today announced his endorsement of Senator Mark Warner for re-election. Mayor Sessoms joins former U.S. Senator John Warner, former Suffolk Sen. Fred Quayle, former Virginia Beach Del. Bob Tata, and many other Virginia Republican elected officials and business leaders in endorsing Mark Warner’s re-election. John Warner, Fred Quayle and Bob Tata have never endorsed a Democrat before.

In his endorsement, Mayor Sessoms cited Mark Warner’s bipartisan approach to finding commonsense solutions for Virginians and focus on implementing policies that help Virginia Beach.

“Mark Warner knows the Virginia Way. And when he takes that to Washington, D.C. he will put it to good use and get people to work together for the betterment of this great country,” said Mayor Sessoms. “In addition, he knows the needs of the military. He sees their sacrifice daily and he will stand up for them and fight for them and make sure they get what they need to be successful. That’s why I’m supporting Mark Warner for re-election to the United States Senate.”

“Will Sessoms is one of Virginia’s great leaders and I am proud to have earned his support for my re-election,” said Senator Warner. “I will continue to work with anyone, Democrat or Republican, to repeal sequestration, to support our military men and women and veterans, and to find creative solutions to strengthen the economy of Hampton Roads and Virginia.”


Watch Mayor Sessoms’ Endorsement Here

Senator Warner has been relentless in his efforts to end the stupidity of across-the-board sequestration budget cuts. In fact, he voted for both Republican and Democratic bills to end the mindless cuts that disproportionately affect Hampton Roads’ economy. He even received the U.S. Navy’s highest civilian award for his efforts to give the Navy needed tools and flexibility to respond to sequestration cuts in a smarter and more responsible way.

Senator Warner has continued to work on behalf of Virginia’s men and women in uniform, military families, and veterans.  He led the bipartisan congressional delegation in saving the aircraft carrier George Washington, helped head-off a planned cut in commissaries, and worked with the Navy to fix substandard off-base housing for Navy families.

On an issue that affects every region of the Commonwealth, Senator Warner has used his extensive business experience to put forward a bipartisan plan to reduce our debt and deficit. He also has led a bipartisan effort to create innovative new financing tools to jumpstart private investment in our nation’s infrastructure.

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2014 Multi-Cultural Chambers Candidate Forum

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On Oct 5, 2014, Chambers of Commerce (Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, VA Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Asian American Chamber of Commerce) hosted an event for all of the candidates of the 2014 Virginia elections.
Sen. Mark Warner, Rep.Gerry Connelly, Don Beyer, John Foust, Ed Gillespie, Barbara Combstock, Suzanne Scholte, Micah Edmond, and Independent candidates (Gwendolyn Beck, Brad A. Eichholt) were there to present their visions and plans for Virginian and AAPI communities on a late Sunday afternoon at the Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus. 
Grace Han Wolf (Herndon, VA-D) moderated the event.
Cindy Shao, President of Asian-American Chamber of Commerce stated, “Hopefully this event will be a platform for all candidates and AAPI communities to build up their bridges for future interests as well.”
In a brief interview with Sen. Mark Warner, regarding the “Comfort women” issue, Sen. Mark Warner stated,  “I think horrible things happened during WWII, especially to comfort women, and we need to address this issue, or there will continue to be tension.”

10월 5일 버지니아에 소재한 세 개의 상공회의소(노던 버지니아 상공 회의소, 버지니아 히스패닉 상공회의소, 아시안 아메리칸 상공회의소)가 오는 11월 4일 치루게 되는 선거를 위해서 노던 버지니아 캠퍼스에서 각 정당의 출마자들을 초대하여, 그들의 선거 공약을 듣는 시간을 가졌다. 이 행사를 준비하고 또 진행한 헌돈 시의원인 Grace Han Wolf 와, 아시안 아메리칸의 목소리의 지니 회장, 아시안 아메리칸의 상공 회의소장인 신디 차오가 노던 버지니아 대학교수와 함께 호흡을 마추고 진행을 했다.
신디 차오 아시안 아메리칸 상공 회의소 회장은 이 행사의 취지를 설명하면서,” 이 행사를 통해서 출마자들과 상공인들이 함께 하므로서 서로에게 필요한 것들을 제공해 줄 수 있는 다리 역활을 하고 싶었다.”고 말했다.
먼저 민주당에서 자신들의 선거 공약들을 발표하였고, 공화당에서는 민주당의 공약들을 반하는 공약들이 나왔으며, 어느 출마자는 특정 의원의 비평과 비난 선거를 하는 등, 보이지않는 긴장감이 팽배한 상황이 감돌고 있었다.
두 시간동안 열린 이 행사에서 기자와의 간단한 질문을 한 현 상원의원이신, 마크 워너는 기자의 위안부 할머니와 현재도 일어나고 있는 인신매매에 대해서 당신의 소견은 어떻습니까? 란 질문에 그는 “제 2차 세계 대전중에  위안부들에게 아주 끔찍한 일들이 있었다. 우리는 이 일을 더 많이 알려야 한다. 그렇지 않으면 이러한 일들의 발생으로 긴장하게 될 것이다.” 라고 말했다.
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