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Wife campaigns for Kaine

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine’s wife, Anne Holton, did a round of campaign stops for her husband in Fredericksburg Wednesday.

Holton visited some downtown businesses, including Kybecca Wine Shop, Old Towne Butcher, Read All Over Books and Beaucoup Vintage.

In an interview, Holton said her mission on such visits is to ask business owners how their businesses are doing and what they need to do better. She carries those answers back to Kaine.

“They gave us good feedback,” she said.

One message she heard was “buy local.”

“That’s one way that local business can help our economy,” Holton said.

She also heard positive comments regarding the federal health care bill — Holton said the business owners she spoke to favor it.

“They are eagerly looking forward to how the health care reform is going to help them supply themselves and their employees with coverage,” she said.

People at the businesses and at a couple of meet-and-greets also told her they want to see more cooperation in government.

“We’ve just got to have people working together, we’ve got to have solutions,” she said.

Holton isn’t the only candidate’s wife to do duty as a surrogate; rival Republican George Allen’s wife Susan also regularly makes campaign stops around the state.

Both parties will hold a primary on June 12 to choose their Senate nominees. Candidates must file more than 10,000 petition signatures by March 29 to qualify; both Allen and opponent Jamie Radtke filed more than 20,000 on the first day of filing this week.