The most common question that any candidate gets from voters is "why are you running?". It's a difficult question to answer, as it is open-ended and can mean different things to different people. For me, the answer is simple; to serve.
Though fascinated with American history in school, many moons ago, I was not an active citizen and stayed away from politics until the war in Iraq started in 2003. Initially, I, like many of my countrymen and most of my fellow service members, bought into the story that was being told; Saddam Hussein had helped orchestrate the attacks on 9/11 and we had to eliminate this terrorist. Luckily I wasn't buying that story for too long. As we learned new information, the war in Iraq seemed less and less necessary, and more of a political revenge story. That's when I realized that it's important for all of us to pay attention to what the government is doing. It's okay to be critical of your leaders, especially the ones you voted for, if they start to go off script.
After leaving the Air Force, I wanted to become more involved in politics and have enjoyed helping some wonderful candidates run for office, but now it's time for me to take that step. I, like many of my fellow Union County residents, am sick and tired of the lies and propaganda being sent out as official business. It's time that we elect leaders to who want to work for the people. Leaders who don't have financial interests tied to their decisions. Leaders who really want to see all Union County residents succeed, not just their friends. Consider my platform, consider my positions, and consider the fact that I have only one motivation...to serve again.