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Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 3:02 pm

A third candidate is trying to make a name for himself in the middle of Virginia’s hotly contested 5th District congressional  race.

Independent Green party candidate Kenneth J. Hildebrandt has joined the race against Democrat John Douglass and incumbent Republican Robert Hurt.

Hildebrandt, a longtime New York City native, relocated to Southside Virginia in 2006. Before that time he worked as a chiropractic physician and later as an independent web journalist in the New York area.

Earlier this year, Hildebrandt apprehensively decided to join the race when asked by Independent Greens Executive Committee National Chairman, Carey Campbell. Hildebrandt was against running at first, but after a long discussion with his wife, they decided that it was something that he had to do.

One of the biggest issues being championed by Hildebrandt is the use of bio-fuels to grow the nation’s fuel supply as well as the economy. He believes that current bio-fuels such as corn based ethanol compete with food needs and that another, more efficient bio-fuel should be considered.

Hildebrandt is major proponent of the use of hemp as a bio-fuel. He believes that the plant could help to reduce reliance on foreign oil and provide another source of income for local farmers. It could also provide more work for local bio-fuel plants such as the current plant in South Boston. He also thinks that fuel from the plant could move us away from other forms of energy such as nuclear power, making local uranium mining unnecessary.

The fuel comes from the plants cannabis seeds that contain the plant’s oils. According to some sources, hemp can be a cheap, environmentally friendly way to produce fuel. Some studies have found that hemp is easier to grow with a higher stress tolerance and grows quicker with less energy and fertilizer needed.

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