QUESTION: Why do you feel you are the best candidate?
ANSWER: I’m the only one in this race who understands that the Republicans and Democrats in the 4th CD have more in common than the Republicans and Democrats in Washington, D.C. Instead of pretending to represent all of America, I’m running to represent the people who actually live in this district. I’m not going to let my personal feelings toward the president or anybody else keep me from representing the interests of this district. I’m a husband, father and veteran that understands what it’s like to struggle in an economy where all of the prosperity is hoarded by Wall Street.
Q: What are you most proud of in your professional life?
A: Working for the state can be very challenging sometimes. But I go to work every day and I do the best job that I can. I never forget that I’m a public servant and that my paycheck comes from the taxpayers. I’m very proud of the fact that I don’t let the ups, downs, and frustrations of working for the state keep me from working hard and making a difference.
Q: What issues do you think are the most important in your district and what will you do to address them?
A: The issues most important to the vast majority of the people in this district are 1) protecting/strengthening Social Security; 2) passing Immigration Reform; 3) bringing the economic recovery from Wall Street to Main Street; and 4) doing better by our veterans. I’m going to vote against anything, like Chained-CPI, that would weaken Social Security and work to make it stronger. I’m going to vote for immigration reform. I’m going to work for infrastructure investment. As the only veteran in this race, I’m going to fight hard for our military folks, currently serving and veterans. I’ll respect the opposition while I do it.
Q: Do you feel there is a disconnect between voters and elected officials? If so, how can that be changed?
A: The issues I’m running on are extremely important to the values and economics of this district, but our current congressman is AWOL on all of them. This is the worst Congress in our lifetime. Disconnect is an understatement. If we send another Republican to Washington, then we encourage more of the same. The best thing we, the people, can do to repair the ‘disconnect’ is to prove that we won’t let partisans get away with neglecting us just because we live in a gerrymandered district. We must elect people who run on ideas instead of division and fear.