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OPINION: Vote Tuesday, November 7th for the ticket of Gillespie, Vogel, and Adams.



As Chairman of the Warren County Republican Committee, it may not come as a surprise that I am supporting Jill Vogel for Lt. Governor on Tuesday, November 8th.  What you may not expect is why I think you should as well. Unlike most candidates for statewide office, I have known Jill personally for many years. Her family is from the Shenandoah Valley and run a successful local business. During a summer break in college, I interned in Jill’s law firm.  I witnessed firsthand the high ethical standards by which Jill Vogel operates.  She is exactly the sort of smart, successful businesswoman with great integrity we need in Richmond.

To say that Richmond needs Jill Vogel is true, but our Shenandoah Valley needs her as Lieutenant Governor even more. I bet most people cannot name the last person elected to statewide office from the Shenandoah Valley (Harry Byrd, Jr., who left office in 1983). It has become increasingly clear that most politicians in Virginia do not know the difference between Western Virginia and West Virginia. Jill Vogel lives here, has repeatedly campaigned in the Shenandoah Valley, and—most importantly—was raised with our shared values.

Now, I would be remiss not to mention that Ed Gillespie, my pick for Governor, held an event in Warren County just last month, at the height of the campaign; and John Adams, who headlined last year’s John Smedley Pig Roast, has campaigned actively in the Valley. If you want to know who cares about the Shenandoah Valley, look to action, not just words. If our Shenandoah Valley values are important to you, then I ask you to vote Tuesday, November 7th for the ticket of Gillespie, Vogel, and Adams.


Daryl Funk
428 Kerfoot Avenue
Front Royal, VA 22630



  1. James

    November 9, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Wow can’t say that I am upset with the outcome of the election. As the hypocritical nature of many members of the Republican Party continues, more and more people will move back to expecting future candidates to have integrity and dedication to its citizens and its community over party dogma.

  2. Matthew B. Pandel, Ph.D.

    October 25, 2017 at 7:15 am

    Well said, Mr. Chairman.

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