By Shelly Simonds
(Simonds is not a staff writer with R2D, this is a guest editorial.)
It was one year ago that the world was watching my tied election which would decide the balance of power in the Virginia House of Delegates. The fate of the state government would come down to a drawing from a ceramic bowl.
It feels like yesterday but it was last January when I sat with my family, watching the Drawing of Lots in Richmond. Incredibly, my opponent chose not to show up. So the hundreds of cameras in the room were focused on us. I knew I had no control over whose name was chosen out of that bowl. I could only control the message and what I said and how I composed myself. When my name was not drawn I had to think quickly about what to say to the media that might make a difference for my community. So after the drawing, when they handed me the microphone I was determined to stay strong and talk about what really mattered: Medicaid expansion in Virginia. I am proud of keeping the pressure on Republicans to do the right thing for thousands of Virginians in need of basic medical care. In retrospect, I believe that our infamous recount and drawing played a part in bringing Medicaid expansion to Virginia.