Why I'm Standing with Brent

The first post in a series telling Brent's story of living and working in the 26th District. Written by Martha Woodroof.

Years ago, while doing an NPR story about the late actor Paul Newman as a race car driver, I met a reporter for U.S.A. Today who – whimsically, I trust – characterized public radio listeners as people who drive home from good jobs to nice houses while listening to public radio in order to find out what the "little people" are up to.

Ever since the last election, it's been uncomfortably clear to me that a lot of folks see us Democrats in pretty similar ways – as well-meaning, concerned people who think we know how to fix everyone’s problems because we’ve read and thought a lot about them. And they don’t see us as people who’ve lived and worked among those who actually struggle with those problems. And this, it seems to me, is one big reason why the voters of 26thDistrict – outside of the Democratic Faithful , of course – voted pretty overwhelmingly Republican in the last election.


As a candidate for the House of Delegates 26th District, Brent Finnegan’s life story defies such stereotyping. Yes, Brent has certainly read and thought a lot about people’s problems – but he’s had decades of living and working alongside the people with those problems right here in the 26th. And it does seem to me that its his breadth of experience that not only makes Brent the best person to represent the 26 th, but gives him the best chance to win the seat back for us Democrats in November.

With this in mind, I’ve volunteered to assist Brent’s campaign by writing snippets about Brent’s experiences living and working here in the 26th. That way, you can decide for yourself whether or not his life experience help to make him our most effective Democratic candidate for the House of Delegates. These snippets will come to you by email and Facebook and be posted on the Brent Finnegan campaign website …