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Why I'm running
by Herb Kemp
My work on the Obama campaign reaffirmed my commitment to our progressive values. I also came to two important realizations. First, while we have made progress in the last two elections, progress is never a permanent condition. We must continue to move forward at the state level to secure and expand the gains we made in Federal elections. Second, I came to realize that I can do more, that I have experiences and talents that can support our progressive agenda and serve you, the voters.
What I Bring to the Campaign
Clearly, any delegate must master the legislative issues in order to be successful in representing the interests of the constituents. However, mastery of the issues alone is insufficient. Leadership, the ability to collaborate, the ability to persuade, and the ability to find common ground among diverse interests are the real keys to success. I have managed large, very complex military programs in the billions of dollars. I have been responsible for leading and managing large organizations comprising hundreds of people. At the end of the day, itâ€™s always about leadership and commitment.
What I Believe
Every election is an affirmation of our faith in the future and an investment in the leaders that we elect to take us there. I believe that we must:
- * Maintain an environment that remains attractive for businesses to establish themselves and prosper in Northern Virginia and continue to evolve a 21st century infrastructure â€“ transportation, energy, technological.
- * Provide our children a place in the future economy and provide that economy with the educated workforce it needs, by continuing to modernize our public education system, from our kindergartens to our universities.
- * Work to ensure an equitable distribution of state revenues to address the needs of Northern Virginia.
- * Continue to build a society that respects the rights and beliefs of our increasingly diverse population -- a society that allows each of us to live our lives as we see fit according to the dictates of our own consciences.