Shaun Broy, Democratic Candidate – 27th District State Senate of Virginia
It is two minutes after midnight, as I pull into the driveway in the 1996 Subaru that has turned into my campaign wagon. It has taken me to every part of the 27th Senate District of Virginia over the last few months. The journey has been somewhat of a lonely one at times, travelling alone from the Winchester/Frederick County area which I now call home, to the southernmost reaches of the district, like Culpeper and Stafford Counties.
I chose to enter this race, because I truly believe that one man, the unanointed Democratic candidate that refused to play the political game like those who came before him, can make a difference. I made it a priority to not seek or accept any donations from special interests, lobbyists, political action committees and/or big corporate interests. I have had to run this campaign on a shoe string budget, with just a handful of small donations from individual citizens. This I believe is the only way once elected to serve the people of the 27th District, in which I could go to Richmond and be held accountable only to you, the citizens in whom I seek to proudly represent.
I do not come to the table with the most impressive resume or legislative or experience. I also don’t bring a wealthy background, with influential friends in low places. In fact, I have debt not just up to my ears, but well over my head. I accrued most of which a little over a year ago, when I was laid off from my employer during the economic downturn that sunk a lot of individuals and families dreams for the future. I joined the ranks of the millions of unemployed Americans, in the unemployment line and barely able to make it from week to week on the little unemployment benefits in which I received. It was hard. It was very, very hard at times. There were days when I had to scrounge around my home, looking for enough spare change that I could find in order to just be able to buy a burger off the dollar menu at McDonalds, so that I could eat.
To be called the most likely of candidates would not be how to describe the cause in which I have undertaken in this quest to be your next state senator. I entered this race as a call to civic duty to fight for the middle class and less fortunate, to champion for equality for all, and to dedicate myself to much needed political reforms, such as term limits and campaign finance reform.
Along this journey in which the finish line is now within clear sight, I have met so many of you who have given me encouragement, and whose strength helped me to keep pushing forward, often against the wind. This independently minded, unlikely candidate, who has fought the good fight, found his voice along the way from people like you. A voice that has allowed me to speak out, not in the name of labels such as “right” or “left” that our politicians spend way too much time focusing on these days, but a voice in which speaks out on behalf of simply what’s “right” or “wrong.”
Our government must change for the better, so it can produce results, actually positive results that impact the lives of the people it represents. If elected as your next state senator, these words shall be my bond. I will serve you with integrity, humbleness, and pride. There will never come a day in which I forget where I came from and how just how I got there in the first place.
I humbly ask for you to cast your vote for me, Shaun Broy for State Senate on this upcoming Election Day, November 8, 2011. May this date become our “Reckoning Day” and the beginning of politics as we know it shall be forever changed. In the name of no party, or political labels, but let us start anew together. This underdog, underestimated and unlikeliest of candidates shall lead and serve in the name of the people, and prove that nothing is impossible when we stand together in the name of what’s “right” and against what’s “wrong.”
Please go to the polls on Tuesday, November 8th and take someone with you to simply vote. The power to ultimately turn the tide and start anew now resides in only you.