Why I’m Here

IMG_9720I’m Mike Casey. I was born, raised, and educated right here in VA. I’m an engineer (in more than just title), currently working for CHAP, a small health services non-profit.

So what is an engineer doing running for office?

Well, to be honest, I’m making this effort largely as a result of frustration and distress in the face of a brewing “us vs them” mentality that I see more and more every day, driven by hyper-partisanship, and driving division. Prioritizing party over country and power over governance is one thing when it stays in Richmond (or DC). It’s another thing entirely when it permeates the national consciousness and begins dividing communities.

One of the ideas that America was built on is public service by ordinary citizens. That citizens would stand to serve when called upon, either by populace or situation. That they would stand to serve their community, then return to ordinary citizenship unless called upon again. That’s a beautiful idea. It hasn’t been true here in a long time, but together, I believe that we can revive it.

I am running for office to serve the public.  That’s a common refrain, but I really mean it here.  This isn’t a career for me.  I’m not in it for any glory or power.  Just a passion to try to make things better.  This American Democracy doesn’t work if we don’t all chip in.  I’m here to do my part, and I have full faith that somebody else can step up to keep fighting the good fight after I’ve served my term.

We can do this.  We can make ourselves better, we can make our communities better, and we can make the Commonwealth better.  That’s why I’m here.  I hope it’s why you’re here too.