LOGAN, West Virginia – W.Va. state Sen. Richard Ojeda on Thursday urged his Democratic opponents in the election for U.S. House of Representatives in West Virginia’s third congressional district to release a platform.
“I am the only Democratic candidate in this congressional race that has released a platform and I did so right after I announced my intention to run for office. Releasing a platform allows everyone to know exactly where you stand on the issues,” Ojeda said during a Facebook Live town hall meeting. “Both of my opponents are currently raising money but they have not yet released a platform of any kind,” he added.
“Mayor Steve Williams is hosting and attending expensive fundraisers and paying a nice consulting firm and yet no one knows where he stands or what his intentions are if he is elected to Congress,” Ojeda said during the online event.
I believe all candidates who intend to file in January have a responsibility to the voters to release a platform and I hope my Democratic opponents will join me in doing so, Ojeda added in a statement after the event. “Why are you prioritizing potential donors over the voters in southern West Virginia,” he asked.
“How can you in good conscience have conversations in private with campaign donors when you haven’t stated where you stand on education, the elderly, healthcare and other issues publicly,” Ojeda said.
The current FEC filing period ends on December 31, 2017. Ojeda says he is proud of the fundraising operation that his campaign has ran because it has been primarily focused on small individual contributions while the majority of his time has been spent in the third congressional district speaking with voters