WAYNESBORO — Virginia Republican U.S. Senate candidate Nick Freitas made a last-minute campaign stop in Waynesboro Saturday, just three days before the Republican primary.
The 38-year-old House of Delegates member from Culpeper is vying with E.W. Jackson and Corey Stewart for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination. The winner of Tuesday’s primary will face incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine in the fall.
Freitas’ second visit to Waynesboro in less than two months was to reinforce the strong support he has in the Shenandoah Valley, according to Waynesboro Republican Committee Chairman Ken Adams. Adams helped arrange Saturday’s campaign stop at Panera Bread along with Waynesboro resident and businessman Will Strickland.
Freitas sought during his hourlong appearance to dispel myths about both conservatives and Republicans.
He said Republicans are not “mean-spirited and cruel,” and said like others in his party and political persuasion “we believe in the uniqueness and inherent worth of the individual.”
Further explaining the conservative mantra, Freitas said “we want to be free and successful.” Freitas, who did two tours of duty with the Army in the Middle East and was a Green Beret, said the role of government should be to assure public safety and national defense.
On immigration, Freitas said the liberal position is one of open borders, while conservatives are for border security.
And if you want to immigrate, Freitas said Republicans believe in a legal process based on merit and service. He said you can show “you want to be part of the American experiment, the American dream.”
Freitas said his commitment to government goes beyond winning elections and staying in office. He said it is about changing the culture in this country.
“I know we will have won when everyone believes in free markets, individual liberties and property rights,” he said.
The candidate said he learned his values from his mother, who attended Saturday’s appearance. Freitas said his mother’s service as a nurse included mission trips into Mexico.
“Raising us, she taught us that when you believe something, you have an obligation to live it,” he said.