Virginia – Singing for Votes!


Your 1st chance to be heard is this Tuesday, June 13th. Please vote in the Primary.  I’m not on the ballot because I won the nomination in the caucus. But — you can help us WIN on November 7th and turn #18 BLUE by donating to the campaign now.

People frequently ask what my strategy is, where the votes will come from. The truth is we need votes from ALL areas of District 18 to beat Webert and the Republicans.  One of the biggest hurdles we must overcome is teaching people that they can vote THIS YEAR in Virginia.  So I took a song from one of my favorite rock stars, Johnny Cash, and wrote new lyrics for District 18. If I missed your town, send me an email.

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I’ve Been Everywhere In District 18

I’ve been making my way, around the 18th District lines
Talking to people, you know it’s almost Election time
Driving down the road on route 229
I ask girlfriend in which town I should be focusing my mind
She said, “aw Honey don’t you understand?”
Tristan you’re Democrat, you need every vote in this here land

I’ll go everywhere man
I’ll go everywhere man
From Skyline down to Midland
Culpeper to up to Delapane
Woo the 18th’s Gerrymanned
I’ll go everywhere

I been to
Warrenton
Bealton,
Arlie, Opal, Rectortown
Upperville is such a thrill
The horses jumping chasing hounds
Doulas in Zulla, I got some folk in Atoka
Yeah you can drive up to Paris, go to The Plains for a mocha
Markham, Marshall, Hume, Ada and Orlean
New Baltimore, Old Tavern see what I mean

I’ll go everywhere man
I’ll go everywhere man
From Skyline down to Midland
Culpeper to up to Delapane
Woo the 18th’s Gerrymanned
I’ll go everywhere

I been to
Front Royal
Linden
Apple Mountain Lake
All of Warren County do the
Shenandoah shake
Down in Culpeper
Been to Elkwood, Rixeyville,
South Wales, Kelly’s Ford,
Waterloo, how do you do?
Catalpa up to Jeffersonton
All around the District we’ve been having some fun

I’ll go everywhere man
I’ll go everywhere man
From Skyline down to Midland
Culpeper to up to Delapane
Woo the 18th’s Gerrymanned
I’ll go everywhere

I been to
Sperryville, Fletcher’s Mill, Flint Hill, Woodville, Rock Mills, Round Hill, Slate Mills, Amisville
Messed around in Viewtown, babbled in Scrabble, did some washing in Washington, broke the tap up in Chester Gap

Huntly, Massanova no it don’t get better
Than riding on a raft down the Rappahannock River

I’ll go everywhere man
I’ll go everywhere man
From Skyline down to Midland
Culpeper to up to Delapane
Woo the 18th’s Gerrymanned
I’ll go everywhere
I’ll go everywhere
I’ll go everywhere
VOTE Shields!

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Bringing SanityBack & Sanctuary Cities

Ten years ago, JT brought SexyBack. This November, I’m going to bring SanityBack.

People in the center, those who have thoughtful opinions and concerns, have abandoned (for good reason) the political process. The majority of us are in an untenable place.  The polarized, accentuated positions by the far right and left leave us with no room to rationally debate serious policy issues.

Politics is the problem, not policy.  Politics is too conflict-laden. Meaningful conversations only seem to happen in hushed tones in backrooms.  I can’t tell you the number of times I have randomly been pulled aside (by store clerks, aerobic instructors, wait staff, etc.) who, upon seeing my Democrat pin,  whisper encouragement and agreement, often saying “I can’t talk about it in here, but thanks for running.”

There’s no way we can develop policy if we can’t be civil to each other.  We need to bring sanity back and engage Virginians in respectful, rational, well-intended conversations. Let’s put an end to catch-phrase politics. Let’s face it; all it does is allow politicians to hit the snooze button on the real issues.

Let’s talk immigration.

If you have worries about immigration, you have to choose a side.  You can either join the side labeled as racist or the side labeled as fools. What kind of choice is that? You don’t have to be racist to be for stricter immigration rules. You don’t have to be naive to support sanctuary cities. That being said, there are racists who hate immigrants and there are naive, bleeding heart liberals. But neither should hijack the full conversation needed to generate the best solutions for Virginia and our district.



Take for example sanctuary cities, the hot button catch-phrase that continues to polarize Virginia. It is characterized as an either-or solution – be ultra-compassionate or ISIS is coming to get you (watch Lt. Governor candidate Bryce Reeves latest video). So here is my liberal (no bleeding heart) reason for my position:

I am for sanctuary cities because I support local police. Police are not immigration officers. Police enforce our laws. Sanctuary cities empower police departments to do their job the way they see fit based on the community’s needs.  If an illegal immigrant is a “bad hombre” the police can involve ICE and deport him without alienating and terrorizing the rest of the immigrant community.  That being said, I am open to other solutions because this is a complex problem.

Immigrants are essential for our economy. Immigration is an issue in District 18. Approximately 7.5% of our legal residents were born outside of the US. Most come from Mexico or Central America.* We have a strong, important immigrant community here. BTW, my dad was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and had dual citizenship as a kid. His older brother, a rare book librarian for the Library of Congress, was born in Mexico and retired there.  I say this because immigration is more complicated than people crossing a border. Today we live in a global economy and District 18 reflects these connections especially being so close to the Washington, DC metro region.

District 18 needs no hushed backroom conversations. We need honest, productive talk.  Vote for me in November and I’ll work hard for you in the statehouse. With your help we can Bring SanityBack!

*Reference:  Overview of State House District 18, Virginia, Statistical Atlas