Thank you for taking the time to read this web site. My name is Matthew Fitch, and I am a candidate for the 71st District of the Virginia House of Delegates. In any political race, running against an incumbent is very difficult. If you are making the effort to find out more information, I hope you will consider voting for someone new, instead of the regular “Political Party of Richmond”.
In trying to write this and express my thoughts, I found myself throwing away draft after draft. So, I decided to write this – not as a politician – but as one citizen to another. This is my first run for political office, and even if I win, I have no intention of making a career of this. We have enough career politicians from both major political parties. After years of watching and disagreeing in the direction we are headed, I decided I needed to get involved.
We all have a very short time on this earth, a very short time to get the most out of life. I believe it is the government’s responsibility to make sure you have the freedom to enjoy that life. Simply put, as a citizen you should have the freedom to choose your own path, pursue any dream, and enjoy your life any way you desire. As long as your actions cause no harm to another citizen, either physical or financial, then you should be free from Government interference to live your life as you see fit.
In recent years the government has become involved in everything, if they don’t like something, they pass laws against it, or tax it to discourage you from doing it. Individuals are elected to office and pass law after law every year. There is not one item you can touch from the minute you wake up until you climb back into bed that is not taxed or somehow regulated. Politicians have passed laws in some cities banning large sodas, other laws putting a tax on items they deem bad for you. These are the same type of politicians telling other people whom they can love, what light bulbs they may purchase, or making the tax code so difficult, you need three accountants, two math teachers, and a palm reader to figure it out. The legislature is full of lawyers passing more laws, for more people, every year.
I have traveled to many countries and have seen first-hand, people who are not free to pursue their dreams. I love to travel and have been very fortunate to have visited many countries. There are still so many places I need to see, but traveling has made me more appreciative to be an American and more determined to keep our freedom and liberties for all citizens to enjoy.
If you allow me the opportunity to serve you in the Virginia House of Delegates, I will work every day to make sure Virginia, and the city of Richmond, continues to be a great place to live and follow your dreams.