Political Candidates Kick-Off Homestretch of Campaigning in Buena Vista

Buena Vista, VA - Monday, the candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General literally hit the streets of Buena Vista for the Labor Day Parade.

Delegate Lacey Putney has defeated many a political adversary to stay in the General Assembly more than 50 years.

Putney has announced plans to retire. He served as the Grand Marshal of the Labor Day parade, an annual tradition in Buena Vista Monday.

Not even Buena Vista's three resident old grouches take the day off on Labor Day.

"There is a work ethic among the people in the Buena Vista / Rockbridge," Putney said.

The parade route was lined with folks who wanted hot air in their balloons, not from their politicians. Many said they want to see the candidates work just as hard as they do.

"Buena Vista is where the race begins. This is the starting line for the final sprint," Republican Gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli said.

"This is really I think the official kick-off to the final stage of the campaigns," Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe said.

The parade ended on a stage in Glen Maury Park with the democrats seated to the left and republicans to the right.

"We've got to go our own way," Cuccinelli said.

"I look forward to working with you for the next 65 days," said McAuliffe.

Talking about work is typically a "party foul", but it was the only thing the candidates wanted to talk about at Monday's barbeque.

"One thing you consistently hear is 'We need jobs.'," McAuliffe said.

"Making sure everybody who wants to work can find a job," added E.W. Jackson, Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor.

"We can get people back to work. Grow the economy," said Robert Sarvis, Libertarian candidate for Governor.

"That's what it's all about. Getting people back to work," Northam, the Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor said.

"To get people from part time jobs, to full time jobs and to help people find jobs in the first place," Cuccinelli said.

All men have got their work cut out for them.

"If you're seeking elected office, you don't get Labor Day off, it seems," Taylor said.

"I know it's between me and the ability to get some hot dogs and hamburgers. I get it," McAuliffe said.

Delegate Putney was also honored with a proclamation by the mayor. He represented Buena Vista for 30 years, but the lines were redrawn.

Putney says it was an honor to be asked to be the Grand Marshal of the parade, especially since he no longer represents the city.