I try to vote for the candidate who is most likely to do something good about the most important issues of the day. This year those issues are climate change and the relentless pandemic. To find out where Stephen Xiarhos, the Republican candidate for state representative in my district, stood on these issues I went to his website.
There was nothing on the pandemic. Nothing. Does that mean he supports his party’s leader, Donald Trump, when Trump says COVID-19 isn’t any worse than the flu?
The other crucial issue is climate change. He opposes “The Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI)…a regional collaboration of 12 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia that seeks to improve transportation, develop the clean energy economy and reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector.” Does Xiarhos support Trump, who, according to Scientific American, has “hobbled US preparations for climate change, claiming that it does not exist.”?
In its first endorsement of a presidential candidate in 175 years, Scientific American says that Trump rejects both evidence and science. In doing so, he has “badly damaged our country.”
Will Mr. Xiarhos be bringing Trump’s positions with him to our state Legislature?
Jack K. Edmonston