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Dear Friends,

It’s difficult to write these words – not only because of the faith you’ve invested in me, but because of what they mean for the people I love most – but life has thrown me and my parents a curve ball, and I have to suspend my campaign.

Many of you know that I moved home four years ago to be able to help my folks, and I’ve woven their stories into my campaign. In the last week, we’ve learned that we need to move my mom, a dementia patient with a propensity to wander, from my dad’s side and into memory care. At the same time, we’ve recognized that my dad needs his kids to step up; like many Americans who face similar late-in-life challenges, he’ll need a hand evaluating treatment options and ensuring Mom gets everything she needs.

Fortunately, I’m in a position to help him with both – but I can’t do that adequately while maintaining the effort level and focus that a successful Congressional campaign demands. For the next few months or years, Mom and Dad will come first, and my personal political aspirations can wait.

As I wind down the Vote Belote campaign and pay the final bills, rest assured I’ll invest remaining funds in candidates and causes we believe in. Last Tuesday we saw the best Democratic performance in VA-02, and especially in Virginia Beach, that we’ve seen in a decade. I’ll do all I can to push that Blue wave into 2018 and beyond.

Thank you for your understanding, and your belief in me. Please feel free to reach out with questions, and stay in touch!

With deepest gratitude,
Dave

 
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Dear Friends,

It’s difficult to write these words – not only because of the faith and financial support you’ve invested in me, but because of what they mean for the people I love most – but life has thrown me and my parents a curve ball, and I have to suspend my campaign.

Many of you know that I moved home four years ago to be able to help my folks, and I’ve woven their stories into my campaign. In the last week, we’ve learned that we need to move my mom, a dementia patient with a propensity to wander, from my dad’s side and into memory care. At the same time, we’ve recognized that my dad needs his kids to step up; like many Americans who face similar late-in-life challenges, he’ll need a hand evaluating treatment options and ensuring Mom gets everything she needs.

Fortunately, I’m in a position to help him with both – but I can’t do that adequately while maintaining the effort level and focus that a successful Congressional campaign demands. For the next few months or years, Mom and Dad will come first, and my personal political aspirations can wait.

As I wind down the Vote Belote campaign and pay the final bills, rest assured I’ll invest remaining funds in candidates and causes we believe in. Last Tuesday we saw the best Democratic performance in VA-02, and especially in Virginia Beach, that we’ve seen in a decade, and I’ll do all I can to push that Blue wave into 2018 and beyond.

Thank you for your understanding, and your belief in me. Please feel free to reach out with questions, and stay in touch!