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Why I am Running For Congress

The people of Virginia's beautiful and historic First District deserve to be represented by someone who wants its future to be even better than its past.  I am running for Congress because I can do what our current congressman cannot:  support a progressive agenda that improves the lot and life of every American.  Our current congressman, Rob Witmann, is marching in lockstep with President Trump. He is beholden to a GOP that acts only in the interest of its richest donors while hell-bent on taking this country in the wrong direction.  

I, like you, am deeply concerned about what Trump and his enablers like Congressman Wittman are doing to America.  But I don’t just stand against Trump, I stand for universal healthcare, for outstanding schools in every zip code, for major investment in infrastructure, for action on climate change, for campaign finance reform, for a rational foreign policy, and for real efforts to reduce gun violence.  

 Several years ago I felt that our opponents were holding us back from a brighter, better future for all Americans.  But now Trump and Wittmann’s GOP is actively tearing us down; they are destroying the American idea of government by and for the people, the belief that “all in this together,” is better than “every man for himself.” We believe in building a brighter future, lifting up the poor child with a great education, caring for the sick and elderly, protecting the environment, ensuring equal rights, and providing opportunity with the world's most productive workforce and its highest technology.  We were the America that led the world toward democracy; the America on the right side of history. 

 With occasional bipartisanship but largely on its own, the Democratic Party and the progressive movement have achieved tremendous progress for all Americans over the last 85 years, from Social Security and Head Start to Medicare and environmental protection.  From the rural electrical grid, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Golden Gate Bridge to the interstate highway system, better public health and the internet. Our legacy includes cleaner air, cleaner water, civil rights, voting rights, and Children’s Health Insurance, now unfunded under Trump and the GOP, and the Affordable Care Act.  And since they don’t have the votes to repeal it they are actively sabotaging it.

At every turn the GOP seeks to defund environmental protection, education, infrastructure investment, social security, and healthcare.  They seek, via “tax reform”, to take from the working and middle classes to give more to those who already have the most.  They are striking down regulations that keep our workplaces safe.  They are literally turning our national parks over to the fossil fuel industry while they triple entrance fees for normal Americans.  They deny that human activity causes climate change and that easy access to weapons of war results in mass shootings.   They literally call for the “Deconstruction of the Administrative State.”  I can’t stand idly by and let this happen and neither should you.

With full knowledge of the harm the GOP wants to do, and given that I have the time, energy, and personal situation to devote myself full-time to this endeavor, because I love this country that has given me so much and because I have a vision of what it can become, I have no choice but to run.  Unlike our current congressman, I will not be beholden to the special interests that own the GOP.  I will boldly support universal healthcare, outstanding schools in every zip code, major investment in infrastructure, action on climate change, campaign finance reform, a rational foreign policy, and real efforts to reduce gun violence.  

I have been called to action and I am ready to serve


Committee to Elect John Suddarth
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