Who am I?

I am a small business owner, a City Councilman in Staunton, Virginia, a husband, and a father. I have owned my own business for forty years. I've served eight years on my local city council working for downtown revitalization and economic development, predatory lending reform, and blocking hydro-fracking in the George Washington National Forest. My wife Cathy and I have been married nearly thirty years and have four grown children: Lana, Emily, Andrew, and Sam.

Why am I running?

I am running for Congress because the progress my city has achieved during the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression has been in spite of the incumbent, not because of him. Cities and communities in my district are working hard to provide jobs and services for their residents, but our incumbent congressman does little to help us. I want to change that and make Congress our partner and not our adversary.

My Goals

I want to create good paying jobs in my district and pass reforms to increase financial security and opportunity. I want to pass comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship. I want to prevent dangerous hydraulic fracturing near our drinking water.

My DFA Values

I believe we are all in this together. We share more with each other than we realize and our fortunes are all tightly tied together. We all benefit when we care for each other and work for the common good. This principle should underlie every action undertaken by our representatives.

When I ran for the Virginia House of Delegates in 2005 I was endorsed by DFA-Virginia due to my commitment to equality and opportunity for everyone.

My Campaign is People Powered!

I have participated in rallies for comprehensive immigration reform and my campaign is gathering signatures to petition the incumbent to increase the minimum wage. Our voter contact program will be entirely volunteer-driven.

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About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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