10/28/18 Final Richmond Times-Dispatch Endorsement Praises Libertarian Former Supervisor Joe Walton for Congress


RTD: Walton “skillfully” messages
“socially inclusive, fiscally responsible” agenda

Sun., Oct. 28, 2018

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POWHATAN CO., VA: In what publisher Thomas Silvestri recently declared will be its final election endorsement, The Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial board offered praise for Libertarian candidate fmr. Powhatan Co. Supervisor Joe Walton in Virginia’s 7th Congressional election in this morning’s print edition of the newspaper: 

“Libertarian Joe Walton is a former county supervisor who 
skillfully communicates his party’s ‘socially inclusive, fiscally responsible’ message.”

Joe Walton is the only Libertarian and the only non-major party candidate to garner a mention in The Times-Dispatch’s consideration of 2018 election endorsements.  

Editorial in full here:

The Times-Dispatch endorsed Walton in his successful 2007 bid for Powhatan Co. Supervisor:

Earlier this year, The Times-Dispatch editorial board offered this assessment of Joe Walton’s potential impact on this closely contested and nationally observed Congressional contest: 

“Then there’s the wild card: Joe Walton, who is running as a Libertarian. Many Libertarian candidates come off as kooks, but Walton — a former chairman of the Powhatan Board of Supervisors — does not. In a close race, his combination of economic conservatism and social liberalism could prove problematic for the Republican.”


Joe Walton is a candidate for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District and former Chair of the Powhatan County Board of Supervisors with a record of accountable and effective leadership in central Virginia. He is a sensible centrist with a genuine interest in working with constituents, leaders across the state, and federal peers to solve problems in Washington. He believes in and advocates for socially inclusive and fiscally responsible approaches to public policy. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree and is a Ph.D. student in Public Policy at VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.