You can’t build a bright future with dark money or influence peddling, cronyism, gerrymandering, disenfranchisement, or any of the other anti-democratic practices that have taken hold in Richmond and across the country. Those are the forces that allow agribusiness to rig the system against the family farm and Big Pharma to charge an outrageous price for a life-saving medication. Those are the forces that drown out Valley voices in Richmond.
Brent believes things can be different.
The idea that campaigns don’t have to take corporate donations led Brent to become an integral part of the local grassroots organizing team for Bernie Sanders' presidential primary campaign that won in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County in 2016.
Party politics doesn’t equal good citizenship. Yes, Brent’s a Democrat, but he grew up in a family of Republicans and he believes in solutions everyone can live with. A legislator who only makes life better for his own supporters is a failure. When party lines and Valley interests diverge, Brent will do what’s best for the Valley. Unlike some state Democrats, for example, he won’t take donations from Dominion Power because that money is paving the way for a pipeline that could threaten our drinking water. Clean water is life—just ask the citizens of Flint, Michigan. Brent will always put the health and welfare of the community first.
Blast the excuses. Especially “But it’s never been done that way before” and “You can’t get elected without corporate donations.” Look around. Things that have never been done before are being done every day. Americans are good at innovation. Who says we have to put up with the same old graft in Richmond? There are better ways, and Brent is the man with the drive, creativity, and heart to find them.