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Sunday, May 20, 2018 5:53 PM

Michael Frend endorses Jennifer Lewis for 6th Congressional seat

Now that I have stepped aside in the 6th Congressional seat race i am announcing that i fully support and endorse Jennifer Lewis as our next congresswoman for Virginia's 6th Congressional district seat. 

I have carefully looked at all candidates and find the Jennifer is the only candidate who has the experience as an advocate for people of the 6th. I know Jennifer will stand strong and not be bought by special interests or corporate interests.  She will stand firm against the NRA as she has against the pipeline. Jennifer is the one truly peoples choice candidate.  I strongly urge all of my supporters to stand with Jennifer and vote for Jennifer Lewis for Congress in the June primary election. 

She is the only democratic candidate that holds the credibility and credentials as a reliable advocate for the people. Take the time to look at Jennifer's background and you will see she is easily the right choice for the valley. No bells no whistles just true representation of the people and for the people. Jennifer just doesnt talk she does what she says.

Michael Frend 

Former Candidate for Va. 6th Congressional district 

Saturday, May 19, 2018 11:40 PM

Press Release Campaign ended 05/20/2018

The GOP has selected Ben Cline to be their candidate for the 6th. This gives the Republicans by far their best choice and best chance at victory in November.
I have worked hard to collect the needed signatures to be on the ballot in November
However after careful consideration and contemplation on the race I have come to realize exactly where i stand in the race
. I can continue in the race and garner my 2 to 10 percent of the vote. I could say I completed the race but at what cost?
I have run this race because I am a firm believer we need change in Washington. I still firmly believe that. But the fact of the matter is even if I get 10 percent of the vote I will fall well short of victory and I have not come this far for myself, or to fail.
If I continue in this election bid
I will effectively be taking as much as 10 percent of voters votes away from Democrats which in itself could lead to their defeat in November. I truly want change in Washington in November. Because of this reason and the fact that we have to have a United front for this change in November. I dont want to be the candidate that prevents change from happening. The Democrats will need every vote they can get in November. Being that I could control as much as 10 percent of that vote I want those votes to be put to good use.
Therefore to the constituents of the 6th district I was honored to have met so many of you. But the time has come for me to step aside and continue to work towards victory in November. So effective Sunday May 20th I will suspend my candidacy for the 6th district Congressional seat.
I will therefore turn my attention towards November and securing a victory for the democratic party. I am requesting that all my supporters which has grown more than I expected to support the winner of the democratic primary in a few weeks. I hope this extra support of the democratic winner will help to propel them to victory in November. I have enjoyed my run and meeting so many of you. But now it is time to focus on November and our best path to victory.
Thanks to all of you for your support during my campaign.

Michael Frend

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 12:00 AM

Republicans vote to raid social security !

Republicans have voted along party lines to again raid over 1 trillion dollars from social security. This is an outrage to our trust fund. This is NOT an entitlement program this is OUR money they are stealing.

Thursday, April 19, 2018 12:57 PM

Pledge not to accept contributions from Gas coal and oil industries

I pledge not to accept donations from oil gas coal industries. Instead prioritize the health of our families, climate and democracy over fossil fuel industry profits.


Michael Frend

Friday, April 13, 2018 11:09 AM

Michael Frend responds to Goodlatte praising Speaker Ryan

Ryan's achievements will not benefit Americans for generations to come. They will cost Americans for generations to come. The tax cut has proven to be the most expensive addition to our national debt in our history. Excuse me if I don't consider that a good accomplishment. Ryan is bailing because he sees the writing on the wall. I am tired of these politicians sugar coating their mistakes. Live up to them. Win or lose I am running to call these politicians out on their lies. In the GOP world Ryan may have been fine but this is the real world with real lives and real consequences.
Ryan has polarized partisanship to a new level. In 60 years I have never seen such a damning separation of parties. We the people are no more. We need our voices back. We don't need politicians to makes our decisions. We need politicians governing the will of the people not the will of the party.

Thank you for your time.

Michael Frend

Friday, February 23, 2018 11:17 AM

How do we fix the school shooting issue

In the week since the children in school shooting lost their life the NRA is finally starting to pay a price. Several businesses that offered discounts to NRA members will no longer and a major US bank will no longer issue a NRA MasterCard . This is just the start. These kids will not be silenced until something is done to curb these shootings and we find a way to keep the children safe. Arming the teachers is not the answer. Nor should they be asked to shoot the children they teach. Also if teachers are armed and police get there it is possible almost likely one could be mistaken for a shooter. More guns in close proximity to our children is not the answer. 

Trump can use the money for wall and that will more than cover entrance metal detectors in every school in America. That's a start to the answer to this problem. Keeping the guns out of schools in the first place is the answer. Metal detector in every school and an armed guard at the detector is a strong deterrent . Spend the wall money to protect school kids not window dressing for the border.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 8:19 PM

Why Michael signed the Contract for American Renewal

“Why do I keep bringing up the Contract For American Renewal? Because talk is cheap. Campaign promises usually evaporate the day after elections. I’ve eliminated all of the guess work here. My constituents now know exactly what I’ll be doing from day one when I arrive in Washington DC. Of course, my opponent won’t sign the contract, so in terms of what he’ll be doing, your guess is as good a mine.”
“I’ll tell you another good reason I signed the CFAR. Because when I’m elected and the lobbyists will come around to my office and say, ‘Listen, we need some flexibility here, we need you to bend a little. Let’s make a deal.’ Well, I will know exactly what to say to them. Sorry! No deals. I’m under contract. The people who voted me into office have it in writing, a legally-binding agreement. I’m working for them.”
“I’m as tired as the voters with all of the games. Remember, I’m a voter too. And way too many times I’ve heard wonderful campaign speeches and believed the campaign promises, only to be disappointed. Well, the Contract For American Renewal which I signed to run for this office, takes all the guesswork out of it. I am under legal contract to perform. People don’t have to wonder whether I’ll stick to the program. I don’t have a choice. Frankly, I like the certainty.”
“The American people have spoken. Huge percentages of voters want what’s in the CFAR. I’m proud to sign it because I work for the voters … not the lobbyists, not Wall Street, not the corporate fat cats. When someone votes for me, they know exactly what they’re getting. Everything is in black-and-white and I’m proud to say I signed on the dotted line.”
“Yes, we’re trying something new in my campaign. It’s called transparency and accountability. I have eleven top priority things to get to work on as soon as I get to Washington DC. It’s all right there in black-and-white in the contract I signed. It’s called the Contract For American Renewal and not only says exactly what I will be doing — that’s the transparency — it makes me directly answerable to my constituents. That’s the accountability. I won’t be taking bribes from lobbyists or repaying favors to deep-pocketed donors like my opponent. The voters have it in writing. I am 100% committed to serving them and addressing the urgent challenges facing our nation.”
“I confess. My hand was shaking when I signed this. You see what it says. If I don’t perform, I lose everything. If I don’t fight for the things you’ve sent me to Congress to do, I have to resign. That would hurt more than anything, because I’ve worked so hard to earn your trust. Then it hit me! I have nothing to worry about. If you elect me, it means I have all of you behind me, supporting me as we start to put this country back on track. As I join with the scores of other congressmen from across this great nation who’ve signed this contract, the CFAR, I know that I cannot fail. This contract goes both ways. It’s you saying to me, ‘Go to Washington DC and set things straight. Work for the people of this country. The rich have had their turn. Now it’s our turn. We’re behind you 100%!’ Right then, my hand stopped shaking and I signed the contract. Here it is posted on my website, my marching orders from you. Your vote of confidence in me as your new congressman.”


Michael Frend

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 7:31 PM

Contract for American Renewal Signed by Michael Frend

Below is a contract I have signed to guarantee my performance once elected. If I were elected and failed to meet any of these deadlines in the contract I would resign as stated.  



U.S. House of Representatives
_6th_ District, State of _Virginia

I, _Michael Frend_, if elected to a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives representing
the 6th District of the State of Virginia, hereby commit to sponsor or co-sponsor
and vote in favor of legislation for all of the following:

Raising the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour.

Initiating government investment over five years towards rebuilding our
crumbling roads, bridges, railways, airports, public transit systems, ports,
dams, wastewater plants, and other infrastructure needs, while vigilantly
minimizing their environmental impact

Implementing bold measures to address climate change; cultivating through
investment and tax incentives sustainable sources of
energy, as alternatives
to fossil fuels.

Ending the war in Afghanistan; ending the unnecessary military exploits
across the globe, except where absolutely required to protect the safety of
American citizens; reducing the military budget by a minimum of 20

Establishing a progressive estate tax on the top 0.3% of Americans who
inherit more than $3.5 million; increasing the income tax rates on the top
1% of earners to the levels they were at in January 1980; closing tax
loopholes, especially targeting tax a
voidance using offshore tax havens;
introducing appropriate parallel increases to capital gains tax rates.

Reforming tax regulations to
corporations from shifting their
profits and jobs overseas to avoid paying U.S. income taxes; and enacting a
universal transaction tax on Wall Street trading to discourage reckless

Expanding social security by lifting the cap on taxable income above
$250,000; and increasing benefits by at least 10% for all eligible recipients.

Making no reductions inthe existing benefits of Medicare
;expand Medicare as part of a single-payer initiative to establish fully universal high quality
health care.

Reversing trade policies like NAFTA, CAFTA, and PNTR, and permanently
blocking the passage of TPP and TTIP, all of which drive down wages and cause the loss of millions of domestic jobs.

Overturning Citizens United and related Court decisions and initiating
comprehensive electoral reform to ban big and corporate money in politics

Making tuition free at public colleges and universities throughout America.
I will not resist, discourage, or in any manner put up an impediment to, and will in fact
publicly and on the floor of the House of Representatives actively promote, any and all
legislation which exclusively supports these measures. If no other legislator comes forth
to propose such individual pieces of legislation, I will create and introduce by my own
initiative, within 180 days of taking office, legislative acts for all of the foregoing, for
consideration by Congress. I further understand and fully agree to the following: If I violate the above-stated terms of this agreement, I will tender on the 181st day after taking the oath of office for my legislative seat, my unconditional resignation from this elected position. Moreover, within one year of my resignation, I will refund all contributions made by individual donors in support of my candidacy for this office.This entire agreement constitutes a legally-binding contract between myself and that class of citizens who will be my constituents, should I win the upcoming election. In the event that I fail to perform the above-required actions, I recognize redress may be sought by those same citizens in appropriate available legal channels.Such litigation can only be initiated by a clear majority of eligible voters in my district,via a referendum of those constituents.I sign this contract voluntarily and with full appreciation of my obligations and responsibilities under this agreement to the citizens of the __6th_ District of the State of Virginia, should they choose me as their elected representative. I accept the terms of this document as legally-binding, and with a thorough and lucid understanding of its requirements and consequences.

Signed: _Michael Frend
Date: 01-27-2018

Saturday, January 27, 2018 9:18 PM

Michael Frend addresses the pending shutdown of Feb. 8th

Our elected officials have deserted the people instead bowing to the almighty dollars of corporate and lobbyist donations. Republicans and Democrats alike are about to send us headlong into a shutdown of our government. This one has the potential to last weeks or more. We did not just get to this point. It has been brewing for many months and neither side has been adult enough to step up and do what is best for the nation. We live in a world that is full of uncertainty.Yet we don't run from our elected duty just because we don't agree.
During the last shutdown in order to fund the government until the 8th of February concessions were made. CHIP was funded for 6 years. This was a travesty to begin with. Republican leadership allowed this to expire months ago and refused to reinstate in until now. The children were the losers at the expense of irresponsible grumpy old men who can't seem to get along long enough to work out a bipartisan budget deal. It was also agreed that DACA would get to the floor to have open discussion to work out a long term solution. President Trump has made sure that won't happen. Trump said there will be no DACA deal without funding for his wall. The wall is not needed and is a waste of taxpayer money. His 25 Billion dollars he wants to spend on the wall could hire 35,000 teachers for the next 20 years or provide free housing for 39,000 homeless veterans for 80 years or provide health care for 3 million low income families for the next ten years. Trump himself has stated the illegal entry into the US is down over 70%. If that is true then simply the wall is not needed.
President Trump needs to stop acting like a teenage bully. Always talking someone down. That is not diplomacy or the art of negotiation. Saying crying Chuck Shumer caved in the budget deal is not a way to get democrats working towards a common goal of funding our government. In fact it does just the opposite. Mr. President, if you think for one minute that forcing a shutdown to get your way will be blamed on the democrats you are sadly mistaken.
The people are tired of partisan politics poisoning our nation. Regardless of your party, you are elected to represent all of the people not just the people of your party. I, like many others are tired of Republicans doing everything without including the democrats. I am also tired of the Democrats doing nothing but complaining. You are paid fairly well to sit your tails down and work this stuff out. If you are unable to do that, then the American people will do it for you in November.

While we sit around bickering about funding our government, we continue to fall behind in the world. We no longer offer the best schooling, the best health care or the safest environment. Global warming and climate change now go unanswered as what protections we did have are dismantled.

Michael Frend - Independent
Candidate U.S. House of Representatives
6th Congressional District of Virginia

Friday, January 12, 2018 1:02 PM

Michael Frend responds to President Trumps Shithole comments

President Trump used "shithole" to describe other nations that we sometimes get refuges from. This comment is very unbecoming and not presidential. These comments are very detrimental to our diplomatic efforts around the globe. It is very obvious that our president does not understand diplomacy. His random rants are dangerous as they create hatred and distrust towards Americans abroad.
They are also racist comments that basically say we are okay with white immigrants coming to American but not blacks from Haiti or Africa. This is not what America stands for. We are a nation founded and based on immigration. How can we be okay with that type of statement from the POTUS.
We risk becoming the "shithole" nation if this is truly where we are headed with immigration. I am surprised that so far most republican congressional members have failed to stand up against these racist comments made by our commander in chief. Republican Congressman Goodlatte who was present for the comments has made no comment. What type of leadership is that. Sir, you should stand up for what you know is right. I hope for better from you.

Also, in reference to the 6th Congressional district, I find it appalling that the Republican party will nominate by convention rather than allowing the voters to have a voice and choose their candidate. Your party has sidestepped every normal method since Trump came into power. You have become the party of exclusion rather than inclusion.
We are losing our leadership standing in the world. We are falling behind in medicine and education to even third world countries. Just how damaging the "shithole" comments will be is yet to be seen. The GOP needs to correct the President when he is wrong just like you would anyone else.

Michael Frend
Candidate U.S. House of Representatives Va. 6th District.

Friday, January 5, 2018 7:51 PM

Statement on President Trumps DOJ comments

We continue as a nation to drive wedges between our political parties. The discord in Washington only gets worse. Bi-partisanship is a lost thought. The Republican party continues to slam items through that vastly affect low income  families. They continue to allow MILLIONS of children to go without health care that they were responsible for ending. 

The democrats are doing no better. The continue to spend their days complaining about the republican leadership. I have done that myself. But they have the power still to force things to happen. They could have allowed the Federal Government to shut down without funding it to force Republicans to reinstate childrens health care, but they did not. 

President Trump has insulting and attacking the integrity of our Judicial system. The integrity of our FBI and legal system is sound. We have checks and balances in place to catch and correct problems. It has worked very well for more than 200 years. Yet Trump wants us to believe they are corrupt and out to get him. 

President Trump is acting very unstable and unbecoming a President. Presidents to not bait and attack others on social media. Presidents do not argue policy and diplomacy on social media. This is only the 5th of January and it already seems like a year. Our justice system will prevail as it has always done. I give my unwavering support of our Justice system and the FBI. I believe the police, sheriffs and all others in law enforcement and firefighters and EMTS do one hell of a job. Volunteer or paid you guys are the best thank you. 


Michael Frend

Friday, January 5, 2018 7:46 PM


The time has come to get the campaign into high gear. I will be out and about over the next few weeks all over the district collection signatures required to be on the ballot. Look forward to seeing you all soon. Also there is always room for a few good volunteers to assist in the signature collecting. Training provided. Also looking for some volunteer staff workers as well. Hope everyone has enjoyed the start to their new year. We face many issues as a nation right now. Together we can overcome all of them.


God Bless America and your families.


Sunday, December 24, 2017 9:13 PM

Merry Christmas

Just a moment to say Merry Christmas to everyone and pray you and yours have a wonderful holiday. 

Thank you for your support in 2018


Wednesday, December 20, 2017 7:52 AM

GOP loses majority in Virginia

Yesterday a single vote changed the course of Virginia politics. Your vote really does matter and that is the proof. One single vote can and did change the power of politics for a whole state. 

The GOP has lost touch. They have lost their moral high ground. They operate for special interest lobbyists, the NRA and corporate money.  They have let the power of money steer them wrong. Yesterday's change of power with more recounts to come should be a wake up call. 

We need the elected officials to be for the people not for the corporations or for those who donate large amounts of money. We the people vote not corporations and that GOP is why you have lost your morals and majority.

Now we intend to do the same in Congress.  I may be an independent but the GOP is our worse choice.  The democrats also need a better plan for the future. Don't just try to stop Republicans you need to be bipartisan or get out of town. It's time to work together or find another job.

Merry Christmas to the great people of Virginia.

Michael Frend 

Friday, November 10, 2017 10:53 PM

Saturday November 11th

I want to thank each and every veteran for their service to our nation. I hope each and everyone of you will take a moment to thank a veteran. They are the reason we are free. They are the reason I have the chance to run for Congress. Especially to all you veterans who have fought so valiantly in battle. Each and every veteran those alive and those passed on should be remembered today for the heroes that they are. 

American would not be if not for the service and sacrifices you have made. Reach out your hand on Saturday and thank a veteran. Let them know they have our support now and in the future and we will never fail them. They are here for us, we will be there for them. 

Friday, November 10, 2017 10:39 PM

Goodlatte not seeking re-election

With Goodlatte now out of the running it creates a new opportunity for the 6th congressional district of Virginia.  We have a chance for a new future and better outlook then We have had in years. 

Let us not squander this opportunity to better ourselves. Let our voices be heard let our vote matter. For years we have been under a stronghold of the Republican party.  This hold is weakening and we are getting stronger. The Democratic party still lacks a true forward vision as they are stuck in a battle with the Republican party . The result being the people are not being represented by their elected officials. We are so lost in partisan politics that neither side understands why we as a nation are suffering more from hatred and racism then we have in generations. We are no closer to true woman's rights. Women are tired of empty promises. They demand and deserve equal rights and equal pay. 

Above are just a few of the reasons why I have elected to run as an independent.  I hope you will take the time to get to know me and my platform. When reading my platform please understand those may be my views but I am running to represent your views not my views.  When elected I will vote based on your views not mine. That is what we are elected to do represent everyone not just a select group or few.



Thursday, October 26, 2017 12:00 AM

Can we talk about the Gender pay gap !

This is a good article about the gender pay gap. This should not be happening in 2017. If I am elected I will do everything in my power to put an end to this unjust practice.

Thursday, October 12, 2017 7:09 PM

Goodlatte votes against emergency aid to Puerto Rico

Bob Goodlatte today let Virginia and the country down. He voted against disaster relief bill and towed the Trump line. We can not have a Congressman who is heartless to those in dire need following a natural disaster. We are better than that. 69 Republicans voted against the bill. Thank God the majority did the right thing and passed the bill which Trump probably won't sign. I am running against Goodlatte for reasons like that. 

More than 4 years since he has had a town hall meeting. Why? Does he not care about you?

Next year we have the chance to remedy this. I will never vote against emergency aid to help American citizens. I can't believe 69 Republicans did just that.


God bless America

Michael Frend 

Thursday, September 14, 2017 12:00 AM

Frend to run against Goodlatte

News article from the News Virginian

Thursday, September 14, 2017 12:00 AM

TV news coverage of campaign

Announce on WHSV TV3 of campaign announcement 

Thursday, September 14, 2017 12:00 AM

Daily News Record Release

News article from the Daily News Record in Harrisonburg

Committee to Elect Michael Frend
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