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There is no shortage of reasons why we need you to run for office! But the two illustrated above say it loudly.

 

No train traveling on 19th century rail technology in the US goes faster than 100 mph. Quite embarrassing for a country that prided itself on innovation and technological prowess. Modern magnetic levitation rail systems (Maglev) around the globe are approaching 400 mph.

 

This impediment is caused by the stalemate in our electoral system which produces nothing but tribal friction disguised as political differentiation. The resulting outcome: a very dysfunctional governing system.

 

The only way to innovate governing is to upend the current political tyranny, and release those inspired to serve to do so in a free and innovative manner.

 

Legislating will only improve when we can seriously diminish the outsized influence of money, and the extremist control of election outcomes most visibly noticed in the primary election process where only 10% of voters decide over 80% of the general election outcomes.

 

 Other reasons to run:

 

1) You have better policy positions that need to be advocated than those who are bought and paid for by the lobby community.

 

2) Even with the semblance of a two-party system, nearly 50% of the elected positions have no challengers and the current electoral systems are unfairly skewed against outside participants. After a very carefully crafted gerrymandered redistricting process in South Carolina, the majority party ensured their continued dominance by reducing the number of challengers. For the 2022 South Carolina State House of Representatives, 72 out of 140 seats will have NO major party opposition. That is embarrassing and something that only V. Putin should be proud of.

 

3) The primary system is wrecking our democracy.  The 10% extremists in each party have an outsized influence on the outcome of the general elections. 

 

  Act now to prepare to get on the ballot in 2024 and beyond.

 

It requires planning and carefully designing a strategy to run or even stand* for public office.

 

Our team stands ready to help you prepare - whether it is honing your personal skills, developing a fundraising operation, gathering supporters or conducting a field operation.

 

Contact Independent Green Party of Virginia Co-Founder and Former Chairman Joseph Oddo, now at (703) 338-0200

 

*Running for office is more involved, but standing for office is still a great value to our country.

 

 


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About Joe Oddo

Mergers & Acquisition Advisor, Writer, Political Campaign Director

Three time ballot certified candidate for congress.

After 20 years in retail management and launching sales transitions to e-Commerce, Joe Oddo switched back to his college studies to create a writing and political/sales consulting practice in 2002. He is a three-time ballot certified candidate for congress from Virginia (2004-08), and founder of a number of political advocacy organizations. A Public Policy major from Penn State Oddo volunteers as DJ at public radio WTJU, was volunteer host on GreenTV public television, and a Friend of the Library. In SC, he teamed up with Better Ballot SC to advocate for Instant Runoff/Ranked Choice Voting. Currently he is the South Carolina Managing Director for Neumann Associates M&A Advisors.
 

"I have blessed to being able to conduct three distinctive careers over the course of the last 45 years: Writing / Business Management / Political Campaign Management.

"Having run for office on numerous occasions, I coordinated statewide ballot access drives, and directed campaign operations for at least ten candidates running for federal, state and local office.  Have served as founder, director, organizer, fund-raiser, policy writer, media relations and press coordinator, as well as candidate surrogate.

"If you even remotely consider running for office, please reach out to me. Let’s have a conversation!"

 

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May 22, 2013

Bill Bradley on Campaign Reform: Big Money Corrupts

Campaign reform: Seize the moment: Big money corrupts politics in New York

BY BILL BRADLEY / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS  MAY 22, 2013

Read whole article here.

Excerpts: 

Politics is often described as the art of the possible. However, these days our political system seems utterly incapable of meeting our most vexing challenges, much less operating in a way in which the possible has any hope of becoming reality. We live in an age of hyperpartisanship and corrosive distrust of our most basic institutions.

Fortunately, there are reforms — pragmatic ones, well within our reach — that can reconnect voters to their elected officials and improve our democracy.

As a former U.S. senator who witnessed firsthand the outsize influence that big donors and connected special interests have in Washington, I applaud these efforts to create a more positive future for our politics. Everyday New Yorkers deserve to be heard in Albany.

Special-interest money has played such a pervasive role in politics for so long, we often think we’re powerless to change it. Candidates are so desperate for cash, they ask moneyed interests for support — then, inevitably, do their bidding once in office.

And even if they don’t do their bidding, it’s more than reasonable for the public to suspect that the men and women they elect have been profoundly compromised by the process.

Changing the calculus — by providing a taxpayer-funded match to every legitimate small donation — would provide an alternative to the money chase that occupies countless hours of fund-raising and dialing for dollars for challengers and incumbents alike.

Supporters of reform are pointing the way toward a positive alternative that puts voters in the driver’s seat of democracy by upending the reliance of candidates on large donations and special interests, creating instead an approach based upon small donations from constituents matched with public funds.

Three states — Connecticut, Arizona and Maine — offer candidates for public office the opportunity to compete in roughly the same way. The result, more often than not, is that qualified people from all walks of life are able to serve, and the relationship between money and politics is greatly reduced. All voters have the opportunity to be in control of their government, not just the connected few.

Bradley, a former U.S. senator from New Jersey, is co-chairman of Americans for Campaign Reform and a member of NY LEAD, a statewide campaign finance reform advocacy coalition.

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May 20, 2013

Bolling PAC encouraging ‘mainstream’ voters to leave larger party?
Bolling announces PAC to boost ‘mainstream’ Republicans

BY OLYMPIA MEOLA Richmond Times-Dispatch | Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:00 am
 
Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, who recently decided against an independent run for governor, has created a political action committee to focus on electing “mainstream Republicans.”
 
He says the Virginia Mainstream Project will recruit and support GOP candidates at the state and local levels — especially for the next General Assembly elections — and offer a platform to discuss “mainstream approaches to governing in Virginia that put policy ahead of politics” as well as develop “responsible conservative policy solutions.”
 
“As I’ve said many times over the past several months, there is a growing need in the Republican Party in Virginia to recruit and elect mainstream, conservative candidates to state and local office and promote responsible policy solutions to the most important challenges facing Virginia,” Bolling said in announcing the PAC.
“The Virginia Mainstream Project will work to address these issues while encouraging bipartisan cooperation and compromise on the major issues facing the commonwealth.”
 
Bolling deferred a 2009 gubernatorial run to allow then-Attorney General Bob McDonnell to run unopposed for the Republican nomination. Bolling had the backing of McDonnell to run in 2013, but faced a challenge from current Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, also a Republican.
 
Last year, GOP activists and tea party supporters engineered a takeover of the state party’s central committee, which changed the nomination process from a primary to a convention — a shift that favored Cuccinelli.
 
In December, Bolling withdrew from the race but did not endorse Cuccinelli.
 
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Bishop Jackson for Lt. Gov Virginia?
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Joseph Oddo delivering speech during the 2006 campaign.

 Transcript of five minute News8TV taping.

Joe Oddo, Independent Candidate, US House of Representatives

Oct 6, 2006

A patriot must always be ready to defend his country from his government.

I’m Joe Oddo, Independent Green candidate running for Congress and I encourage you to get involved. To run for office. To insist we be allowed in the debates. To fix our democracy. And stop the mudslingin

I believe in expanding civic participation by fixing election rules and instituting universal registration. Anyone that shows up at the right polling place with their official ID should be able to register and vote on the spot.

Plus we should expand the hours of Election Day, or make it a holiday so everyone can take off work to cast their vote.

Our team of Independents have spent weeks out in all weather extremes to qualify to make the ballot. We talked to over 150,000 Virginians who understand the need for Independent voices. And by listening to your concerns, we have formulated a sound platform that addresses diverse issues like lobby reform and term limits.

Together with our statewide candidate for the US Senate Gail “for Rail” Parker, we propose Rail Now solutions. More Trains Less Traffic. We need hi-speed Rail from Danville to Charlottesville, from Charlottesville to Richmond, and on to Washington. Modern high-speed rail utilizes existing right-of-ways. We can run elevated rail right along I-64 and Rt. 29 with minimal disturbance. It is the time to develop alternative energy solutions, and end our dependence on oil.

We must pay closer attention to how government spends OUR money, and to ensure that it is on realistic, long-term solutions. So one of our initiatives is to solve the fiscal crises in our federal budget. We need a balanced budget now. We can to pay off the federal debt in five years. And we can fix the tax code for real tax cuts, not credit card advances.

We are more conservative than our opponents. There is nothing compassionate or conservative in military adventurism. This administration promotes addiction to a new drug called fear. We no longer face facts. We prefer to fabricate them. We lost over 3,000 young American soldiers since Nine Eleven.

Why? For war industry profits. Everyone knows it. One of every four tax dollars are being spent at the Defense Department. From their own report, billions are being mismanaged through "improper payments". And this Congress has been complicit and needs replaced.

We can fix Pentagon waste with an auditable accounting system so we know where our money is going. We can save $2 Billion a week by withdrawing from Iraq. We can save Billions more by closing bases in Germany and Japan. And Billions more by scrapping useless weapons programs.

Now I ask you, what real liberal or conservative would ever sanction the Patriot Act, or NSA domestic spying? Why should we give away rights guaranteed by the Constitution now? They served us well for the multitude of threats we defeated during the last 230 years.

Now it’s: be afraid. Be very afraid. Don’t worry about your tax dollars going to campaign contributors through no-bid contracts. Don’t pay attention while they strip away our rights, or rob our Treasury blind.

We won’t hear them say: War as a foreign policy of the United States is wrong. Peace is the answer. Nonviolence is the answer.

We can protest all we want. We can editorialize, we can lobby, we can strike, we can boycott, we can hold endless numbers of meetings. This only gets us so far. If we are going to accomplish real change in government, then we have to resort to action. The only real action against apathy is to get on the ballot and run for office.

Now is our chance to restore the optimism and promise of a world for all to live in peace. Join us as an independent - not bought and paid for by corporate rulers.

We run on positive issues. We listen. We do not sling mud.

Because I am an optimist, I offer solutions that the two parties will not address. Please Join us. Our Web site is www.VoteJoinRun.us. Please Vote Oddo on November 7th.

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