Vanuch for CD-7 seat; Border security, public safety, restoring energy independence are key issues

Stafford Rockhill District Supervisor Crystal Vanuch

Crystal Vanuch, chairwoman of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors, is running in the June 21 primary election to become the Republican candidate for the newly redesigned 7th congressional district.

Born in Prince William County and raised in Stafford County, Vanuch believes her ties to the region make her the best option to run against incumbent Democrat Abigail Spanberger in November. Spanberger has held the seat since 2018.

Vanuch has served on the Stafford County Board of Supervisors since 2020, where she is in her second year as board chair. Prior to this, Vanuch served on the County Planning Commission.

These connections include her father who was a retired Prince William County policeman and was a product of the Stafford public school system.

Vanuch is a Magna cum Laude graduate of Virginia Wesleyan University and owns a small healthcare consulting firm that helps advocate for patients with rare and chronic diseases to access critical care.

During her tenure on the board, Vanuch focused on public safety, worked to eradicate perceived CRT in the county’s school division, and called in the National Guard in the wake of January’s crippling snowstorm. which left thousands of people stranded on Interstate 95.

“In just two and a half years, almost three years, I got $96 million in funding for transportation, $23 million in salary increases for teachers. This year alone, I voted to abolish critical race theory in schools, and passed the biggest ever pay raise for our first responders. So I would say that’s good enough to get things going in my first two years,” Vanuch told Potomac Local News.

Vanuch says she is ready to take on the task if elected, and already has plans to tackle a plethora of issues such as legislation to secure the southern border, energy independence that would revive offshore drilling as well as the rental of federal lands for oil and natural drilling. gas, restarting the Keystone XL pipeline, creating additional lanes on Interstate 95, and veterans care.

“I want to introduce a veterans customer service accountability bill, holding the Veterans Association accountable to its customers, who are our veterans, and reducing wait times for veterans can come in if they need intensive care to access mental health resources, they must be seen within 24 hours,” Vanuch said.

Vanuch’s background in healthcare public relations also gives it a leg up on the competition. Capitol Hill, she has helped companies advocate for patients’ rights and understand how Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Health Care Act work.

Vanuch said one of the biggest challenges in healthcare right now is the lack of transparency in pricing.

“It’s absolutely the only industry where you can buy something and you have absolutely no idea what it costs. And that has to be fixed at the federal level. And I’m the only one working on that,” says Vanuch.

Vanuch also thinks she’s the best person to take on Abigail Spanberger in the election, she touts her ties to the district, her conservative bona fides and her self-funding of her campaign, with more than half a million dollars in campaign deposits. and donations in hand.

“But at the end of the day I’m the best person for the job because I’m the only one who has connections to 56% of the district, being born in Prince William and then raised and educated and serving in Stafford, I’m the only one who has never given up and has a conservative voting record. You can check out every single one of my votes,” Vanuch says.

Vanuch is one of seven Republicans in a primary ballot on Tuesday, June 21. Others on the ballot will include State Senator Bryce Reeves, Prince William Board of County Supervisors Yesli Vega, Spotsylvania County Supervisor David Ross, Gina Ciarcia, an educator who ran for the House 2021 Virginia delegates Derrick Anderson, Green Baret of Spotsylvania County.

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