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Traci Dippert

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Traci Dippert
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Candidate for
Virginia House of Delegates, District 30
PartyDemocratic
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ProfessionTeacher
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Traci Dippert was a 2013 Democratic candidate for District 30 of the Virginia House of Delegates.[1]

Biography

Dippert has a bachelor's degree in Music Education and a master's degree in General Education. She is a teacher in the Rappahannock County Public School system.

Issues

Campaign themes

2013

Dippert’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

  • Education

Excerpt: "As your Delegate, I will work to maintain appropriate funding levels and create a system where every student is equipped with the 21st century skills they will need to become successful, contributing members of society. But we cannot stop there. Virginia has some of the best colleges and universities in the nation, yet they are unaffordable to many students. In the last five years, tuition has increased nearly 50%. We need to restructure the budget system to allow each institution to have more autonomy of its budget so resources can be allocated for jobs training services while at the same time making financial aid easier to obtain."

  • Environment

Excerpt: "Virginia must maintain its nearly 30-year ban on uranium mining. Foreign-backed interests are trying to lift the ban so they can begin mining and processing uranium, starting in Southside Virginia. Drinking water, human health, farmland, property values, wildlife and tourism across Virginia are potentially at risk."

  • Healthcare

Excerpt: "As your Delegate, I will work to ensure every Virginian has access to quality, affordable healthcare. I support Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act using federal tax dollars, which will cover over 400,000 Virginians currently without healthcare."

  • Jobs

Excerpt: "We must assist young citizens as they move from school to work. Some need job acquiring assistance while others need job matching assistance. Investments in vocational training and community college mean people can obtain a good job without obtaining masses of debt. We attract business to Virginia when we have a skilled workforce."

  • Transportation

Excerpt: "Virginia’s outdated transportation system is an obstacle to commerce. The estimated cost of lost productivity to commuter traffic tops $1.7 billion a year. In addition to new construction, we must also address the crumbling of existing infrastructure."

Elections

2013

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Dippert ran in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 30. Dippert ran unopposed in the June 11th Democratic primary. She was defeated by incumbent Ed Scott (R) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[3]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 30 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEd Scott Incumbent 63.3% 14,061
     Democratic Traci Dippert 36.5% 8,112
     Other Write-in 0.2% 37
Total Votes 22,210

Race snapshot

See also: 2013 Elections Preview: Some seats may switch parties in the Virginia House of Delegates

Incumbent Ed Scott (R) first took office about a decade ago, and was considered relatively safe in this rural district that gave presidential candidate Mitt Romney (R) 56 percent of the vote in 2012 and Governor Bob McDonnell (R) 68 percent of the vote in 2009. Scott ran unopposed in 2011, and only had third-party opposition in 2009. Democrats, including the group Democracy for America, appeared to rally around teacher and Democratic activist Dippert, who matched Scott's fundraising through mid-September 2013. However, Dippert's fundraising base was relatively narrow, and this district was pushed beyond the reach of Democrats.[4][5][6]

Endorsements

2013

In 2013, Dippert’s endorsements included the following:[7]

  • Virginia Democratic Women’s Caucus
  • The Women's Strike Force
  • Henry Lee Carter, Council Member and Former Mayor of Town of Orange
  • The Farm Team
  • Virginia Education Association[8]

Personal

Dippert has served as the chairman of the Culpeper County Democratic Committee.[9]

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