Potts Remains In Governor's Race

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

November 2, 2005

Campaign 2005 is upon us and while the tightest race in the Commonwealth appears to be for governor, and the two most popular candidates are touting big wins financially, the man on the outside looking in Russ Potts He is staying focused on the big day.

With the election just six days away, Russ Potts is keeping his eye on the prize. Recently called, 'The Potts Factor,' as some believe he will cost votes for the democratic and republican candidates, the independent says he isn't giving up. No matter what.

"You know, I've always been a competitor and fighter. I started paying for my clothes and meals when I was eight years old," said Russ Potts, the independent candidate for Governor of Virginia.

Those traits as a child have given Russ Potts, independent candidate for Governor of Virginia, the foundation to run for state office.

"I understand what it's like to go out and work hard. I'm here to tell you we're out-working both of those guys," said Potts.

The independent hits the ground running every morning at 6:00am. From Richmond to Norfolk, all across the state, and back to Charlottesville, Russ Potts says he gets a warm reception from all Virginians. That he says, is the reason he continues to campaign for governor.

"It's really not about me, not about you, not about even the next generation, but it's about our grand-children, and the future of Virginia," adds Potts.

Only campaigning since February, he's running with a positive attitude, and believes he is making a difference.

"The winning number for us is 34, and not 51. We do not have to get to 51 percent, we just got to get to 34 percent," said the independent candidate.

First to admit numbers are not there to win the keys to the state's highest office, Potts believes Virginians will be surprised on election day. While campaigning the same as opponents Kaine and Kilgore, Potts says there is something very different.

"Both the candidates, Mr. Kaine and Mr. Kilgore have spent over 25 million dollars apiece. I don't believe the governor's chair is for sell at any price. I believe the people of Virginia will determine who the next Governor of Virginia is," added Potts.

Potts went on to say Jerry Kilgore should be ashamed of his negative campaigning, and for skipping the opportunity to shake President Bush's hand in Norfolk during a recent speech. As for Tim Kaine, Potts honors the fact he met him for debate, which Kilgore has not.

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