MANAHAWKIN – Jill Dobrowansky and Ryan Young, the two Democratic state assembly candidates running against Republicans Brian Rumpf and Diane Gove, issued a statement Thursday afternoon firing back at President Donald Trump’s announcement of his intention to ban transgender individuals from serving in the armed forces of the United States, reversing the policy of his predecessor.
In a joint statement, Dobrowansky and Young (D – Stafford), who are running for state assembly in the ninth legislative district, decried the Trump administration’s recent move, which was announced by President Trump on Twitter, as “…dragging our country backwards into the discriminatory past.”
“This ban threatens our national security, wasting millions of our tax dollars already spent on training our brothers and sisters in arms who now find themselves under attack by this administration,” the two continued in a prepared statement.
“Additionally this reduces our military force and her readiness to defend freedom and democracy, and we can not stand for this as it is a violation of the values that our country was built on.”
The state assembly candidates used the recent move by the Trump administration to highlight how they would vote differently than Rumpf and Gove, the incumbent 9th district assembly representatives they are challenging.
Dobrowansky and Young said that they support two bills (A4568 and S3067 ) that the incumbents opposed. The bills prevented health insurers and healthcare providers from discriminating against customers on the basis of gender identity and require the state Commissioner of Education to develop guidelines for school districts with transgender students.
Rumpf and Gove, for their part, have not yet commented publicly on the Trump administration’s transgender ban, but the 9th district incumbents were recently touting their work on open space and drinking water laws.