From both sides of the aisle, politicians are representing their own interests. Data shows that the rich and powerful have nearly complete influence over public policy, while average people have virtually zero impact. Has this country become an oligarchy? There is some debate.
However you would characterize it, it’s clear there are some serious problems, and that those problems have to do with the fact that money buys power.
Well, I’m just fed up with that. In fact, I’m so mad I’m running for office.
If elected, I’ll represent tax paying West Virginians, not just special interests. I want to make sure our government is putting The People first.
Here’s what I’m focused on:
- Priorities: Because we want good jobs, good roads, good I-net, good schools.
- Common sense: Because we can’t keep paying for more than we get.
- Property rights: Because we want good neighbors, not corporate invaders.
- Money out of politics: Because working hard shouldn’t make you second class.
I’ll represent you—and not just when your needs happen to coincide with the needs of these special interest groups. Essentially, that’s why I’ve decided to run: They’re not hearing us. We want jobs—AND we also want clean water and air. We want our property rights protected, AND we want a better future for our kids.
And you know what? Those things are not mutually exclusive; we don’t have to choose between them.
So let’s Holler from the Hollers about it!
I won’t be taking money from SuperPACs and other corporate interests. I don’t care if I offend the people who are working for those interests by telling them, “No, I’m not abandoning my neighbors just so you can line your pockets.” And I don’t care if I offend party elites by saying, “No. I’m not putting this party over the interests of the people.”
Let’s get beyond the partisanship, and focus on our shared vision for West Virginia; let’s focus on issues that will actually help people.
We’ll have a choice to have our voices heard this time, to “Holler from the Hollers!” Let’s do our best to make sure all the money on the other side doesn’t drown us out.