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There is no shortage of reasons why we need you to run for office! But the two illustrated above say it loudly.

 

No train traveling on 19th century rail technology in the US goes faster than 100 mph. Quite embarrassing for a country that prided itself on innovation and technological prowess. Modern magnetic levitation rail systems around the globe are approaching the 400 mph speed mark.

 

This impediment is largely the result of the stalemate in our electoral system which produces nothing but tribal friction disguised as political differentiation, and as a result, a very dysfunctional governing system.

 

The only way we will see innovative governing will be to upend the current political tyranny, and release those inspired to serve to do so in a free and innovative manner.

 

Legislating will only improve when we can seriously diminish the outsized influence of money, and the extremist control of election outcomes most visibly noticed in the primary election process where only 10% of voters decide over 80 % of the general election outcomes.

 

 Other reasons to run:

 

1) You have better policy positions that need to be advocated than those who are bought and paid for by the lobby community.

 

2) Even with the semblance of a two-party system, nearly 50% of the elected positions have no challengers and the current electoral systems are unfairly skewed against outside participants.

 

3) The primary system is wrecking our democracy.  The 10% extremists in each party have an outsized influence on the outcome of the general elections. 

 

  Act now to prepare to get on the ballot in 2022 and beyond.

 

It requires planning and carefully designing a strategy to run or even stand* for public office.

 

Our team stands ready to help you prepare - whether it is honing your personal skills, developing a fundraising operation, gathering supporters or conducting a field operation.

 

Contact Former Independent Green Party of Virginia Co-Founder and Chairman Joseph Oddo, now at (703) 338-0200

 

*Running for office is more involved, but standing for office is still a great value to our country.

 

 


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About Joseph Oddo

I have had the blessing of being able to conduct three distinctive careers over the course of the last 45 years: Writing / Business Management / Political Campaign Management.

Currently serving as a Business Intermediary for the mid-market business seller that is looking to maximize their return on the exit of their enterprise. I am Managing Director of the South Carolina / Coastal GA division of A. Neumann Associates Mergers & Acquisition Advisors.

Having run for office on numerous occasions, I got involved in political campaigns by coordinating statewide ballot access drives, or directing campaign operations for at least ten candidates running for federal, state and local office.  Have served as founder, director, organizer, fund-raiser, policy writer, media relations and press coordinator.

If you even remotely consider running for office, please reach out to me. Let’s have a conversation! 

 

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March 7, 2013

Bolling offers alternative in a dismal contest

MARCH 1, 2013 /  BY TEAM BOLLING
By: Robert Powell

Bill Bolling may have found his moment.

The Republican lieutenant governor is expected to announce by March 14 whether he will run for governor as an independent. Bolling dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination in November, conceding that he didn’t have a chance against conservative firebrand Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in a June nominating convention dominated by the party’s right wing.

Since then, Bolling has been flirting with the idea of an independent candidacy, possibly building a ticket with other independent candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general.

Most of the time, such campaigns are inconsequential. In 2005, Republican state Sen. Russell Potts garnered only 2.2 percent of the vote when he ran for governor as an independent against Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Jerry Kilgore.

This time, however, may be different. Bolling, a well-known political figure statewide, could have an outside shot of making it to the Executive Mansion because of the dismal dilemma now facing Virginia voters, a choice between Cuccinelli and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe.

Both men want to claim the “Bob’s for Jobs” mantle used so effectively by Gov. Bob McDonnell in his 2009 campaign.

McAuliffe is making his second stab at running for governor based on his credentials as a businessman. His record didn’t persuade enough Democrats in 2009 when a Washington Post editorial endorsing state Sen. Creigh Deeds was enough to defeat McAuliffe in the primary.

McAuliffe appears to have spent much of the past four years trying to build his case as someone who can bring jobs to Virginia. One of those efforts involved buying a Chinese car company that he relocated to the United States. The company’s manufacturing operations, however, wound up in Mississippi, not Virginia.

McAuliffe’s explanation was the Virginia Economic Development Partnership wasn’t interested in his plans. PolitiFact Virginia, however, concluded after an exhaustive study of communications between VEDP and McAuliffe’s company, GreenTech Automotive, that the company continually failed to provide information VEDP requested. PolitiFact labeled McAuliffe’s claim “false.” I wonder why it didn’t receive PolitiFact’s more emphatic description “Pants on Fire.”

Cuccinelli, his handlers say, also plans to campaign on economic issues. Oddly, jobs are not the first thing that come to mind with Cuccinelli, who has made headlines by suggesting that Catholic bishops should go to jail in acts of civil disobedience; Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has become too liberal; and Social Security recipients are pawns trapped in a cycle of government dependence.

In contrast to these pretenders, Bolling has a legitimate claim to be the only candidate with a real economic development record. He has been the “chief jobs creation officer” under McDonnell during the past four years. If you think “Bob’s for Jobs” was good for Virginia, then “Get Rolling with Bolling” would appear to be a natural extension.

Bolling’s connection to McDonnell brings up another point in his favor, a sense of fair play among Virginia gentlemen. Bolling and McDonnell were lieutenant governor and attorney general, respectively, during the term of Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine (now a U.S. senator). Bolling stepped aside in 2009 to let McDonnell have the Republican nomination. The lieutenant governor, in turn, had McDonnell’s support for his long-awaited shot at the commonwealth’s top job. Cuccinelli, however, let it be known he would not wait in line for anyone. As a result of a conservative takeover of the Republican state central committee, the nomination process was changed from a primary to a convention, a switch that heavily favored Cuccinelli.

Bolling has refused to endorse Cuccinelli and appears to be finding his own voice in state affairs after cleaving to the McDonnell administration line for most of the past four years. He opposed uranium mining in Southern Virginia and supported the expansion of Medicaid in Virginia.

McAuliffe, in fact, appears ready to neutralize Bolling’s appeal, saying that he would like to have the lieutenant governor join his administration.

But would Bolling actually be more help to McAuliffe as an independent spoiler in the governor’s race, peeling moderate Republican votes away from Cuccinelli? That appears to be the conventional wisdom, but University of Virginia political analyst Larry Sabato disagrees. “Bolling has been taking very moderate positions and as a consequence, I could see him taking a lot of votes from both candidates,” he told the Daily Progress in Charlottesville. Maybe it’s time to have a third choice for governor. If not Bill Bolling, then maybe this entry, which appears on ballots in Nevada, “none of the above.”

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March 5, 2013

Government is Stupid Deliberately. Power Resides in Bloggers.
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March 4, 2013

Independent Greens of Virginia Launch Petition Drive for Bill Bolling

 

Independent Green Party leaders are very serious about Bill Bolling as their Independent Green Party candidate for Governor. Led by the Indy Green Party state Vice Chair, Gail “for Rail” Parker, and Denny McKell (Gail “for Rail” and McKell are both U.S. Air Force retirees), the Indy Greens have established a political action committee (PAC). Now the Independent Green Party team has a Draft Bill Bolling web

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 site: www.draftbill.org.

 

An alliance between Bill Bolling and the Independent Greens makes sense. The Indy Green Party has a proven record of collecting thousands of petition signatures across Virginia every year. Bolling will need 10,000 valid signatures to get on the ballot. That means Indy Greens would need to collect 20,000 signatures for Bolling. Some Independent Greens started collecting signatures in January.


The Independent Green Party group has released a series of video press releases urging Bill Bolling to run for Governor as Independent Green Party candidate. Denny McKell is a retired TV and radio producer, and newsman. McKell produced the video press releases for his Independent Green Party. 

"We need 'More Trains, Less Traffic!" says Gail “for Rail” Parker, the retired U.S. Air Force officer and former two-time statewide on-the-ballot candidate for US Senate (2006 & 2008). 

"An alliance with the Independent Green Party of Virginia and Bill Bolling as our Indy Green candidate for Governor can provide positive pro-business, and pro-rail policy to grow the economy and create sustainable rail, solar, wind, and geothermal energy jobs." Gail ‘for Rail’ Parker has been on the ballot as an Indy Green Party rail advocate for each of the last 8 years. The Independent Greens are Virginia's most successful on ballot third party in Virginia in a century. 

 

IG Fifth District Chairman Brandon Trent adds, "As the chief jobs creation office while serving as Lt. Governor, Bolling knows how to sell the strengths of the Commonwealth for companies interested in bringing industry to Virginia. Here in Southside Virginia we need an economic boost. Just the fact that he came out in favor of continuing the ban on uranium mining shows that he knows we can do better than create a dangerous industry that would run investors off."

The Independent Green Party is recruiting candidates for House of Delegates across Virginia. Indy Greens hope to run a full slate of 100 House of Delegates candidates this year. 

Independent Green Party Draft Bolling video.

 

 

 

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Joseph Oddo
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Three time ballot certified candidate for congress.
Co-Founder and Director Joseph Oddo formed a writing and political/sales consulting practice in 2002. He is a three-time ballot certified candidate for congress and founder of a number of political advocacy organizations including Independent America, the Independent Greens of Virginia and the Citizens Alliance for Better Candidates. He has served in many capacities with local charitable and service organizations. A Public Policy major from Penn State, he spent over twenty years in sales management. Oddo volunteers as DJ at public radio WTJU, was volunteer host on GreenTV public television, and a Friend of the Library. In SC, I am teamed up with Better Ballot SC.

 

 

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- Available for surrogate or spokesman role.

 Transcript of five minute News8TV taping.

Joe Oddo, Independent Candidate, US House of Representatives

Oct 6, 2006

A patriot must always be ready to defend his country from his government.

I’m Joe Oddo, Independent Green candidate running for Congress and I encourage you to get involved. To run for office. To insist we be allowed in the debates. To fix our democracy. And stop the mudslingin

I believe in expanding civic participation by fixing election rules and instituting universal registration. Anyone that shows up at the right polling place with their official ID should be able to register and vote on the spot.

Plus we should expand the hours of Election Day, or make it a holiday so everyone can take off work to cast their vote.

Our team of Independents have spent weeks out in all weather extremes to qualify to make the ballot. We talked to over 150,000 Virginians who understand the need for Independent voices. And by listening to your concerns, we have formulated a sound platform that addresses diverse issues like lobby reform and term limits.

Together with our statewide candidate for the US Senate Gail “for Rail” Parker, we propose Rail Now solutions. More Trains Less Traffic. We need hi-speed Rail from Danville to Charlottesville, from Charlottesville to Richmond, and on to Washington. Modern high-speed rail utilizes existing right-of-ways. We can run elevated rail right along I-64 and Rt. 29 with minimal disturbance. It is the time to develop alternative energy solutions, and end our dependence on oil.

We must pay closer attention to how government spends OUR money, and to ensure that it is on realistic, long-term solutions. So one of our initiatives is to solve the fiscal crises in our federal budget. We need a balanced budget now. We can to pay off the federal debt in five years. And we can fix the tax code for real tax cuts, not credit card advances.

We are more conservative than our opponents. There is nothing compassionate or conservative in military adventurism. This administration promotes addiction to a new drug called fear. We no longer face facts. We prefer to fabricate them. We lost over 3,000 young American soldiers since Nine Eleven.

Why? For war industry profits. Everyone knows it. One of every four tax dollars are being spent at the Defense Department. From their own report, billions are being mismanaged through "improper payments". And this Congress has been complicit and needs replaced.

We can fix Pentagon waste with an auditable accounting system so we know where our money is going. We can save $2 Billion a week by withdrawing from Iraq. We can save Billions more by closing bases in Germany and Japan. And Billions more by scrapping useless weapons programs.

Now I ask you, what real liberal or conservative would ever sanction the Patriot Act, or NSA domestic spying? Why should we give away rights guaranteed by the Constitution now? They served us well for the multitude of threats we defeated during the last 230 years.

Now it’s: be afraid. Be very afraid. Don’t worry about your tax dollars going to campaign contributors through no-bid contracts. Don’t pay attention while they strip away our rights, or rob our Treasury blind.

We won’t hear them say: War as a foreign policy of the United States is wrong. Peace is the answer. Nonviolence is the answer.

We can protest all we want. We can editorialize, we can lobby, we can strike, we can boycott, we can hold endless numbers of meetings. This only gets us so far. If we are going to accomplish real change in government, then we have to resort to action. The only real action against apathy is to get on the ballot and run for office.

Now is our chance to restore the optimism and promise of a world for all to live in peace. Join us as an independent - not bought and paid for by corporate rulers.

We run on positive issues. We listen. We do not sling mud.

Because I am an optimist, I offer solutions that the two parties will not address. Please Join us. Our Web site is www.VoteJoinRun.us. Please Vote Oddo on November 7th.

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