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Other voices: To Congressional District 4 voters

To the citizens of District 4 California,

Nothing in our Constitution addresses political parties or partisanship. However, over the past 30 years, political parties have presented partisanship as the only operating paradigm. Our government has become less representative because that’s what both parties want. They fight for campaign dollars instead of votes, then use those dollars to manipulate opinion in an effort to frighten voters to take their side. This was not what the founders envisioned for our grand republic.

I am running a true grassroots campaign. I have a small staff of volunteers who believe in our cause. Instead of the obscene sums of special interest money the major parties prize, our war chest consists of our volunteers’ work. We pledge to fight for a government that represents the values and the interests of the people who live, work, and own businesses in California’s 4th congressional district.

The 112th Congress should have several members whose objective is government for, of, and by the people. I hope to find common ground with members who aren’t afraid to use the power of government to restrict the impact that money has on our representative republic. I will work to influence others in Congress to pull our elections off the “open market” and instead make them publicly financed. Not only will we bring about an improved, transparent, and representative government, we will also achieve significant savings by ending the cycle of money from election to earmarked, pork barrel legislation and back to the next election.

Again, thank you for your interest. In our past, we have faced crucial tests and Americans have rallied. I have to believe we’ll do that again now. However, we can’t do that until our government represents the people instead of representing the benefactors of the political parties. Together, we have important work to accomplish.

We hope you can join our team. Working together, we can achieve our goals.

To sign up or to learn more please go to http://www.BenEmery.org

Ben Emery lives in Nevada City.

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