Subject: KATHLEEN OHALLORAN ANNOUNCES FOR HOUSE 88
HARTWOOD, VA (Wed., May 22, 2013)…A retired civil servant is seeking the Democratic nomination at a June 1st caucus with plans to run against Republican incumbent Mark Cole, H-88, in November.
Before full retirement two years ago, Kathleen OHalloran of Hartwood in Stafford County worked as an environmental planner in private industry and previously for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the President’s Office of Management and Budget, and the U.S. Army at the Pentagon.
“I was always an Independent,” OHalloran said, “but in recent years I have been drawn to the Democratic Party. The Republicans, with Mark Cole as a fitting example, have become more and more extreme in their positions. I will be a voice of common sense and moderation.”
“As a woman I will speak out against the assault on women’s reproductive rights. The incumbent has been a leader in stripping women of their right to control their own bodies and their own destiny,” OHalloran said.
The Hartwood resident points to transportation as another issue that will be a focus of her campaign: “Del. Cole says he’s done this or that for transportation but all you have to do is drive on I-95, or Rt. 17 in southern Stafford, and you’ll know that inaction or the wrong approach has left us with a failing transportation network. The traffic congestion on these roads ruins the quality of our lives and threatens our economic viability.”
OHalloran also criticizes Cole for participating in the political cronyism that resulted in him being appointed deputy county administrator in Spotsylvania County by fellow Republicans. The Board of Supervisors took over what is normally a county administrator’s job of hiring a deputy administrator and then hired Cole.