- Oct 12, 2009
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The Modern Whig Party has its first candidate. Jeff Vanke is running in Virginia's 6th congressional district, against an incumbent Republican and no Democrat.
Jeff Vanke, a Whig, running for congress in Virginia's 6th congressional district | The Modern Whig Party of VirginiaIndependent Candidate Jeff Vanke in second place in U.S. Congressional race
In contrast to nationwide Tea Party campaigns, unique Moderate Battleground develops in Virginia as Modern Whig Party member polls in double digits in head-to-head race against vulnerable Republican incumbent
ROANOKE, VA (Monday, August 16, 2010) - In a campaign that features no Democratic opposition, Jeff Vanke (VA-6, Independent) is currently polling in double digits in his head-to-head U.S. Congressional race in Virginia's 6th District. Vanke is a member of the Modern Whig Party, a national movement that was initially founded by Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and designed to bring moderate common sense, rational solutions ahead of partisan bickering and stark ideology.
"Due to the makeup and dynamics of the race, this is a once-in-an-election scenario where a viable, mainstream independent has a legitimate shot at winning," said Andrew Evans, national chairman of the DC-based Modern Whig movement. "Moderates and independents have been clamoring for years for a viable candidate to emerge in a situation where he or she has a realistic chance against a vulnerable incumbent. The wait is over and we are encouraging all moderates & independents to consider pooling our resources to assist."
Vanke is a moderate, non-fringe, independent candidate and who has practical real world experience that makes him ready to serve Virginia in the U.S. Congress. Vanke has a Ph.D and is a former history professor, author, budget consultant, and small business manager. Vanke is an Eagle Scout and a community volunteer with the PTA and Cub Scouts.