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So Much Power in So Few Hands

In rural SWVA, like in so many rural communities across Virginia, decision making

power is concentrated in the hands of a few wealthy and connected families.

These families have generational wealth which gives them an advantage both

economically and socially.


We all know who they are. They sit on local boards, hold offices, and make

decisions about the economic futures of these small towns and counties. Their

circles are tight knit and they like it that way. It helps insure that their children

and future generations will continue to prosper whether or not anyone else does.


These people are the gatekeepers to opportunity. They know where and how

future development will take place and are poised to take advantage of that

knowledge. They have a vested interest in keeping the rents high and wages low.

What better way to ensure control.


There are only two ways to change this dynamic in SWVA, quality public

education and engaged voters. When our young people are educated, they

understand how to make change in our communities that will provide greater

access to opportunity for all who are willing to work for it, not just those with the

right last name.


America’s promise is government of the people, by the people and for the people,

not just a few people.

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