In Southwest Virginia, we know all too well what happens when economic decisions are made by and for Wall Street; when farmers, small business owners and working folks are neglected by both political parties; when great teachers and smart students have to hold fundraisers just to get the basics; when coal mining communities are left for dead; when the playing field for ordinary people is steeper than a Wise County hillside.
I’m running to help level the playing field for the 9th District of Virginia; to put people and communities first. To restore our land and rebuild our livelihoods. To build a strong, diverse and resilient economy from the bottom up. That’s the work I’ve been doing for more than 30 years, as a farmer and an entrepreneur, here in Southwest Virginia and many other parts of our region. I want to take that experience to Washington DC as your representative.
I wrote a book about building healthy economies from the bottom up, because I know that good work almost always starts with local communities. That’s true whether we’re revitalizing downtown Galax, manufacturing energy efficient building products in Radford, tackling drug addiction in St Charles or building infrastructure to help farmers in Duffield. We’re “bootstrap” people, with a strong commitment to taking care of ourselves and our neighbors. The problem is that too often, the rules that come out of Richmond and Washington undermine rather than support effective local initiatives. That’s ridiculous. Public policy should help us help ourselves, as individuals and communities.
Members of Congress deal with an enormous range of issues (to the extent that they deal with anything…). In this website you'll find a partial list of those issues, with a short summary of my beliefs and positions. More important issues will be added each week as my campaign moves forward.