I decided to get into the Virginia State Senate, 5th District Race, because I saw a total lack of willingness on the part of the Incumbent Senator to stop a high pressure, fracked gas transmission line from coming through the 5th District.
The Pipeline in fact, comes within feet of many schools, neighborhoods, business and churches. It targets minority and low income communities that lack resources to fight back on their own. The whole duration of the fight against the Southside Connector Transmission line, the Incumbent continued to take "campaign contributions" from the builders and suppliers of the project. The Incumbent, in 3 decades, has yet to have a challenger in a general election.
This could have been handled much differently.. I believe that many in the General Assembly have lost touch with the people. They have become beholden to the corporations that furnish them with hundreds of thousands of dollars. The corporations do this through securing legislation that will enhance their profits. Meanwhile, our schools, neighborhoods, healthcare, infrastructure, faith in our leaders and much more suffer.
I aim to change that in the 5th District. I pledge to work for you, not to take any corporate money. I also pledge not to take more than $500 for the campaign from individuals a year. People before profits, because having true wealth, is having a happy, healthy, prosperous populace. I urge you to work with me towards this goal. Please support and vote for Jeff Staples for the Virginia Senate. I pledge to work for all of the people.