Email sent out today by the campaign:
DISTORTION: None of the other candidates have "real business experience."
DISTORTION: The other candidates have "limited or no prior public service."
TRUTH: Melvin has served the community as an Emergency Medical Technician (6 years), Deputy Sheriff (1 year) and Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney (2½ years). Additionally, Melvin has served various organizations, to include the American Legion Boys' State (19 years), Local Colors of Southwest Virginia (6 years), as pastor to four congregations in Virginia (13 years), the Roanoke Rescue Mission (5 years) and as Sunday school teacher, speaker and Vestryman for Church of the Holy Spirit in Roanoke County (5 years). Melvin's life experiences demonstrate a commitment to service and giving back to the community.
DISTORTION: "No one else has acknowledged signing a tax pledge to voters."
"April 15, 2009 - 9:00 AM Melvin Williams pledges that if elected to the House of Delegates for the 17th District he will not vote for any legislation that increases the overall tax burden on the people of Virginia. Taxes should be lowered! Government must become more efficient and realize that it cannot be all things to all people, especially in these dire economic times."
Other distortions exist but the bottom line is this: the other candidates promise a government that will fix every problem. This is not conservativism.