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Campaign workers are meeting in the living room of the house Peyton Williams' great aunt built off JPA in the the 1930s. A reporter and photographer appear. Cars need to be moved so a volunteer can get out of the driveway and make it to an event. In short, it's a bit chaotic.
And as a man who's retired from two different careers, Williams could certainly be taking it easy, rather than trying to take the 5th Congressional District away from the man who holds it now, his second cousin once removed, Robert Hurt.
It was the House bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, that motivated Williams enough to consider a run for Congress as a Democrat. As did the intransigence of the House of Representatives, he says, which has stalled any significant legislation on topics Americans say they care most about: jobs and the economy.
"Why are you not doing what we elected you to do?" Williams rhetorically asks Cousin Robert, a Republican. "They continue to just say no."
This is Williams' first run for political office, and Hurt is way ahead of him there after Congressional incumbency and several terms in the General Assembly. Williams has had a distinguished career in government nonetheless. A member of the Army's Special Forces, he worked at the Pentagon before retiring in 1999 as a lieutenant colonel, and his second career was serving as a systems engineer for Lockheed Ma...
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Happy Birthday, dear TJ... It's Thomas Jefferson's 269th birthday!
Even if America's third president can't be here in person to
celebrate, there's a par-tay at his house this day, and the
featured speaker is Jessica Tuchman Mathews,
president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and
recipient of the
2012 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Citizen Leadership.
TJ sends his sincere regrets, we're sure...
April 13, Monticello, 10-11am, free
Whether you prefer candy for your eyes or your mouth, you'll find something satisfying at the PVCC Annual Student Show and Seventh Annual Chocolate Chow Down...
Derek Sieg and Jeremy Goldstein want Nick Nolte bad. So badly that they've launched a "Let's get Nick" campaign, with website and videos. They've taken to the streets– and the Downtown Mall– selling raffle tickets and t-shirts to raise money to get Nick. And to get Nick, they need $65,000.
The two filmmakers have written a script called Hot Air, and they think the '70s icon from Rich Man Poor Man (and, more recently, 48 Hours, The Prince the Tides, and Tropic Thunder) would be perfect in the lead role of aging lothario/personal injury lawyer/hard-partying restauranteur who's looking at jail time for questionable business practices and decides the only way out is to fake his own death.
"We would love to get him," says Sieg, a native son of Charlottesville who's back in town after living in L.A. and who wrote, directed, and, in 2006, filmed Swedish Auto here with Lukas Haas and January Jones (now of Mad Men fame).
So why must they raise $65,000?
"That's an important number," says Goldstein, who made the documentary Skid Row and has written a half-doze...