Holland Redfield Forms Congressional Campaign Exploratory Committee

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We Virgin Islanders are looking at the potential collapse of our economic, political and social structures. The crisis is a disastrous combination of a global recession, a 30-year public deficit, a punishing tax system, insane energy costs – and the sudden death of the Hovensa refinery. On top of all this, we are suffering a crushingly high jobless rate, a local government that is struggling to provide even basic services, one of the highest crime rates in the nation and a declining population that further threatens our tax base. It is a perfect storm, but one that is wholly man-made.

These are desperate times. To meet the challenges, we must take decisive action.

This is why I have set up an exploratory committee to seek the office of Delegate to Congress for the Virgin Islands. Having served in the territorial government for over three decades – as chairman of the Public Services Commission, a six-term senator, a candidate for lieutenant governor and many years of public advocacy – I have done plenty of soul-searching before making the decision to consider running for congress. I cannot ignore the fact that we are besieged by a lack of leadership and a frustrating sense of being helpless and sometimes hopeless in dealing with our mounting problems.

We can all agree that adversity creates opportunity, and it is up to us to seize the moment, to make a fresh start here and in Washington that addresses the systemic dysfunctions of our territory. I believe I am well-suited and equipped with enough experience to lead us toward a better and more prosperous future. I hope you share this belief and will rally to support our efforts to turn this foundering ship around.

The hallmark of my political career in the past has been accessibility, and I intend to keep that style of leadership. I would be more than happy to sit down with you or your organization to discuss the specifics of my platform, to talk about problems you are facing as a citizen or group and to hear your ideas of how we can work together to make the Virgin Islands a better place for us, for our children and for generations to come.

I am asking you to join me in this cause. Under Virgin Islands law donors can give up to $2,500 for any primary and up to $2,500 for any general election. All contributions must be made from a personal and not a corporate account. Donations can be made payable to “Redfield for Congress Exploratory Committee.” Federal Law requires that the attached form be filled out to accompany your donation. The form can be accessed and printed from http://db.tt/2X3CY4A4