WINCHESTER – Stephens City resident Shaun Broy announced today that he intends to run for the 27th District State Senate seat currently held by incumbent Republican Senator Jill Holtzman-Vogel. The campaign is currently gathering the 250 signatures needed to secure a spot on the November 8th ballot.
“After much thought, I have decided to throw my hat into the ring for the 27th District State Senate seat,” Broy said. “I could not in good conscious sit back and watch the incumbent waltz back into office without a single opponent. The Democrats aren’t fielding a candidate, so I will step up and take on Senator Holtzman-Vogel for the right to respectively represent the residents of the 27th District in the Virginia State Senate.”
Broy currently is employed at Shenandoah University as the Box Office Manager and oversees ticketing and seating services for the numerous venues at the Winchester, Virginia campus. He is also a part-time sports reporter for The Nothern Virginia Daily.
“When you take a look at Senator Holtzman-Vogel’s performance over the past four years, you can tell she has been quite busy, unfortunately many would agree that her work has been more focused on strategically positioning herself within her party with her eyes on higher office more than helping her constituents,” Broy noted. “It’s no secret that she is regarded as a possible candidate for statewide office in near future.”
Broy states that he isn’t quite the millionaire that Holtzman-Vogel’s personal finances seem to indicate as well. He also doesn’t expect to be able to compete with the amount of money Holtzman-Vogel will be able to generate.
“I am a regular hard working guy that has seen and lived through some of the same tough times that many of our neighbors have experienced as well. I have been the one standing in the unemployment line week after week, looking for work. There have been times over the past four years since Senator Holtzman-Vogel has been in office, when I couldn’t find enough change laying around the house to even pay for a bite to eat. I certainly wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth either,” Broy added.
The Broy campaign plans on running an unconventional campaign that is going to rely on things like strong grass-roots efforts and social media outlets to spread the campaign’s message. The campaign hopes that once people start being introduced to its message and what a difference Broy can make for them as their senator, their effort will gain momentum as the campaign heads closer to November.
The campaign is well on its way to obtaining the 250 signatures of qualified voters needed to appear on the ballot. They are hoping that their fundraising efforts will begin to take off as the campaign starts to really get off the ground. They note however, that they won’t sell out to lobbying firms, special interest groups, or other possible donors just looking to buy influence.
“When you take a look at Holtzman-Vogel’s top five contributors to her last campaign, you see the hundreds of thousands of dollars that bankrolled her into office four years ago. You see lobbyists, special interests groups, and big oil companies at the top of her list that helped her buy that seat,” Broy said.
“The senator is a perfect example of what is wrong with politics today. It doesn’t take much thought to know just who Senator Holtzman-Vogel has been more accountable to while she has been in office,” Broy noted.
“I am a fiscally conservative, socially responsible choice for voters. I am running as a different type of candidate that wants to truly make a difference in the lives of my neighbors. I want to fight for the struggling families, who are clinging to saving their homes from foreclosure. I want to fight for those in the unemployment line, like I was not too long ago,” Broy said.
“I believe our politics must change, so that government will work again and produce better results.”