For Immediate Release
April 29, 2017
Culpeper VA : Democrats Pick Ben Hixon for Delegate in 30th. On Saturday, April 29, Democrats from Culpeper, Orange and Madison Counties selected Ben Hixon as their nominee for the House of Delegates 30th District to run against incumbent Nick Freitas, who ran unopposed in 2015. In a narrow victory, Hixon was selected over Annette Heathcote Hyde of Madison.
As reported in the Culpeper Star Exponent last week, Ben Hixon, who recently moved here from Seattle after being educated as a computer scientist, and working as an National Science Foundation Fellow while also studying for his doctorate in Artificial Intelligence, is a native of Louisiana. Hixons’ forebears were from South Carolina and date to the American Revolution.
Ben Hixon believes in the Democratic Party as the Party of Freedom. He supports personal and economic liberty as well as strong social safety nets. He will cut regressive taxes like the car tax and grocery tax, eliminate barriers for starting new businesses, and excessive occupational licensing, cutting the regulations that exacerbate crony capitalism. Ben believes equally in freedom of speech, press, religion, and self-defense. Freedom to him means the ability to live our lives fully: Health care and affordable education aren’t just concepts – they are fundamental freedoms that must be guaranteed to every Virginian. As Ben puts it, “how can we be free to live our lives if we’re not free from disease and terror … If we don’t have an education … If we don’t have clean water to drink and clean air to breathe?” If elected, Ben will fight for the freedom of everyone in Culpeper, Madison and Orange, and for every Virginian, starting with redistricting reform (‘gerrymandering’), unencumbered rights to vote, and the expansion of Medicaid to the 400,000 uninsured Virginians who desperately need it.
Ben describes himself as a ‘progressive libertarian’ or ‘liberaltarian’ who knows that the role and obligation of government is to protect our freedoms. “I’m for freedom of speech, press, and religion. I will defend gun rights and homeschooling. Affordable health care is a fundamental human freedom, as are education, military protection, voting rights and a healthy environment. I’m for economic liberty, strong private labor unions, and the freedom to collectively bargain. Regulations kill jobs and are a last resort to prevent demonstrable harm and fraud. The best way to grow the economy is deregulation coupled with overwhelmingly strong safety nets.”