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Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Sacramento, Solano Counties, CA November 5, 2002 Election
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Why I Am Running

By Howard Beeman

Candidate for United States Representative; District 3

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Why I Am Running
Today most politicians work primarily to benefit large corporations (like Enron) that heavily fund their political campaigns. These representatives serve their funders first, and if there is anything left over, a little trickles down to us. Winning elections with large amounts of money has poisoned the process, corrupting otherwise well-intentioned public servants. I want this to change.

Government should focus on Main Street, where the majority of our families live, not on Wall Street and the pentagon, where the largest corporations dominate. Average people are burdened the most by taxes, and yet the institutions that serve us (schools, health care, a safety net, etc) barely work. I'll work first for our issues here in the 3rd District, and then on the broader issues facing our great country.

We need health care for all; we need social security as insurance; we need to keep jobs here in the US; we must keep our Water and Power public, rather than becoming privatized; we must protect our environment, keeping our water safe to drink, our air clean to breathe, and our view of the mountains!

Without campaign finance reform, candidates who want independence must continue to rely on engaging citizens in a grassroots campaign. I am running a strictly grassroots campaign and my plan is to engage open-minded citizens on a personal level by walking in your neighborhoods. I am searching for constituents to join the campaign, and to organize gatherings in their homes. I am walking alongside activists concerned about our air, sprawl, affordable housing, a livable wage and safe drinking water. I'm looking for citizens who are fed up with the present system. By offering voters participation, respect and content, I intend to restore trust in our democracy.

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