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Carole Pratt announces candidacy for Sixth District

PULASKI – In announcing her candidacy for the Sixth District House of Delegates seat, retired Pulaski County dentist Carole Pratt vowed Monday to “never forget where I come from and the people I serve.”
Pratt said she intends to run a “different” campaign than is typical, and she kicked it off Monday by handing out money to the approximately 80 people attending her announcement at Martin’s Pharmacy in Pulaski.
No, she didn’t hand out thousands or hundreds of dollars to each person. She didn’t even hand out a dollar. It was a penny – a single penny that she noted, “most people won’t even stoop to pick up if they drop one on the street” because “a penny won’t buy anything anymore.”
Pratt asked everyone to hold on to the penny and bear with her as she explained its importance in her campaign.
She noted the work that U.S. Congressman Rick Boucher (D-Virginia) and his colleagues “have been doing in Washington to help us with this economic crisis.” She said they “managed to craft an economic recovery plan that will ease the pain of those hardest hit,” but the current Sixth District delegate (Anne B. Crockett-Stark) voted to refuse “$125 million in federal money aimed at helping our out-of-work friends and neighbors.”
That, she said, is why she has chosen to oppose Crockett-Stark in the November election. Crockett-Stark (R-Wythe) already announced her plans to seek re-election.
Pratt said she chose to enter the race this fall because she was “perplexed” by the decision to pass on the federal funds.
“Unemployment in our district has roughly doubled over the past year,” she added. “One out of ten men and women of our region’s workforce are out of work through no fault of their own.”
Pratt said the federal funds “refused because those who voted against it said, among other things, that if made permanent, it would be too expensive.
“Friends, it would cost a penny a day per worker,” she continued. “The current delegate voted with a majority of others to say ‘no’ to $125 million dollars for extension of unemployment benefits for our friends and family, people in this crowd today, because it would cost a penny a day.”
Pratt said she would have accepted the money if she had been the Sixth District’s delegate.
“I would be in Richmond making the case that every one of those $125 million dollars should come to this district!
“So if you are perplexed, too, and if you want to send someone to represent you in Richmond who will wake up fighting for you and go to sleep at night fighting for you, join us in this campaign. Keep your penny in your pocket or in your purse or on your night stand. Look at it often between now and November 3. Think about what it means. Tell your neighbors. And if all works out the way we plan on Election Day, you can bet your last cent that I will never forget where I come from and the people I serve,” she said.
Boucher was among those who turned out to support Pratt Monday.
Pratt is the wife of retired dentist Rick Mansell and the daughter of Bill Frank and Peggy Pratt.

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Carole Pratt announces candidacy for Sixth District

PULASKI – In announcing her candidacy for the Sixth District House of Delegates seat, retired Pulaski County dentist Carole Pratt vowed Monday to “never forget where I come from and the people I serve.”
Pratt said she intends to run a “different” campaign than is typical, and she kicked it off Monday by handing out money to the approximately 80 people attending her announcement at Martin’s Pharmacy in Pulaski.
No, she didn’t hand out thousands or hundreds of dollars to each person. She didn’t even hand out a dollar. It was a penny – a single penny that she noted, “most people won’t even stoop to pick up if they drop one on the street” because “a penny won’t buy anything anymore.”
Pratt asked everyone to hold on to the penny and bear with her as she explained its importance in her campaign.
She noted the work that U.S. Congressman Rick Boucher (D-Virginia) and his colleagues “have been doing in Washington to help us with this economic crisis.” She said they “managed to craft an economic recovery plan that will ease the pain of those hardest hit,” but the current Sixth District delegate (Anne B. Crockett-Stark) voted to refuse “$125 million in federal money aimed at helping our out-of-work friends and neighbors.”
That, she said, is why she has chosen to oppose Crockett-Stark in the November election. Crockett-Stark (R-Wythe) already announced her plans to seek re-election.
Pratt said she chose to enter the race this fall because she was “perplexed” by the decision to pass on the federal funds.
“Unemployment in our district has roughly doubled over the past year,” she added. “One out of ten men and women of our region’s workforce are out of work through no fault of their own.”
Pratt said the federal funds “refused because those who voted against it said, among other things, that if made permanent, it would be too expensive.
“Friends, it would cost a penny a day per worker,” she continued. “The current delegate voted with a majority of others to say ‘no’ to $125 million dollars for extension of unemployment benefits for our friends and family, people in this crowd today, because it would cost a penny a day.”
Pratt said she would have accepted the money if she had been the Sixth District’s delegate.
“I would be in Richmond making the case that every one of those $125 million dollars should come to this district!
“So if you are perplexed, too, and if you want to send someone to represent you in Richmond who will wake up fighting for you and go to sleep at night fighting for you, join us in this campaign. Keep your penny in your pocket or in your purse or on your night stand. Look at it often between now and November 3. Think about what it means. Tell your neighbors. And if all works out the way we plan on Election Day, you can bet your last cent that I will never forget where I come from and the people I serve,” she said.
Boucher was among those who turned out to support Pratt Monday.
Pratt is the wife of retired dentist Rick Mansell and the daughter of Bill Frank and Peggy Pratt.

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