Virginia’s 10th Congressional District is a vibrant, diverse, and growing community, and it stands for the very best of what it means to be American. After ten years as an Army officer -- and tours of duty in Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea, and elsewhere, my family and I fell in love with this area, and we’ve been here ever since.
My family arrived in this country in the middle part of the last century as immigrants, Holocaust survivors, and refugees. America welcomed us, took us in, and allowed us to survive and thrive. My Great-Grandpa Sam always told us to remember how lucky we were to be Americans, and how important it was for us to be there for the country that had been there for him.
As Americans and as Virginians, Karen and I have watched with increasing alarm as mistrust has developed and grown between the government and the people who elect it. Talking to the residents of our District, we have heard the same sentiment, over and again: Washington isn’t working. Voters are worried about national security, education, immigration policy, and infrastructure, and they don’t feel that their voices are being heard. But I am optimistic. I know that we can emerge from our current challenges stronger than ever. That’s why I’ve decided to run for Congress.
We need a new kind of leadership in Washington – leadership based on the broad and deep experiences of every kind of American, not just career politicians. For a long time, we’ve called our elected officials public “servants”, and it’s time that that name meant something again. As an Army officer I learned that being a soldier is at least as much about using judgment as it is about using force, and I believe that in the same sense, political leadership is about rolling up your sleeves and crafting solutions that work for America. We can face the challenges of the present without abandoning the values that enabled the success of our past: freedom, equality, opportunity, and justice. America never stopped being great.