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Welcome to our Campaign's website!  We have our sights set on winning this race because I can do a better job representing you than we have experienced in the past!  Key to doing a better job, is the fact that I will be representing our district from the middle.  The days of 'my way or the highway' politics must become a philosophy of the past, as extreme left or right viewpoints are not beneficial to those of us in the center.  When I speak on the issues, you will hear of our common ground and how I will develop and protect the people of our fine district. 

One of the major reasons that I have begun to step into the body of politics is the never-ending racial hatred that is in the hearts and minds of a percentage of our population. Growing up during the civil rights' movement of the 1960's, I always thought that the worst was behind us and we were making significant and long-lasting progress. In some circles, I am certain that we are still making progress in race relations, though the recent events in Buffalo demonstrate the deep-rooted problem that persists, and is still propagated by right-wing extremists and media.
The horrible actions of one person has once again cast a dark cloud over all of us for not doing more to improve the circumstances that lead to such tragedy. We must come together to stop the biased, discriminatory and de-humanizing talk that is directed at all of the minorities. We have to work to stop the hate that creates these monsters and situations. 
Beyond the fact that 'we are all created equal', both in biology and by law, I wish that I could also effectively convey my life experiences that have brought me close to minority people that I have known as friends, respected colleagues and brief acquaintances. Because of the many positive experiences that I have had, the struggle of minorities to achieve true equalities and freedom, and even security, is my fight as well. And, it always will be!  My heart goes out to all that are suffering from the recent tragedy in Buffalo, and my determination to resolve bigotry and hatred in my own world is again, fortified.
An additional topic that motivates me to represent us is the inability of our congressional representatives and others in politics to legislate effectively on the topic of gun violence.  As not only in Buffalo, but now, in Uvalde, Texas, there has been a horrific demonstration of the use of 'weapons of war', in the hands of a young man, with mental health issues.  The resolution to 'mass shootings' in our culture requires a multi-faceted approach and an unwavering seriousness that supersedes profit, lobbying, campaign donations and the fear of losing an election!  As a gun owner, a father and as a 'human', I can bring societal concern, a common-sense perspective and problem-solving skill sets to bear on reducing gun violence in America!   If our elected leaders do not legislate to reduce gun violence and mass shootings, they must be replaced - because there are steps that we can take that can help to solve this American tragedy!
As far as the campaign goes, the long-awaited re-districting has been determined and enacted.  The district has changed slightly and petitioning is still active in order to qualify for November's ballot.  The major parties' candidates do not live in our district - how are they going represent us in a proper manner?
Neither of the major political parties will put forth candidates for this Congressional seat that are the type of representative that we need at this critical time in our politics.  With the redrawn map and its process, we cannot be certain of which Republican that is ill-suited for us due to their loyalty to the president that led us to an insurrection - though it is likely that one will be the primary winner!  Unfortunately, it is likely to be a 'trump loyalist' that will lead us to reduced freedoms of speech, less freedoms regarding privacy and less freedom to express ourselves through elections!   And on top of that, the past administration's policies and actions created much of what we are living through today - the war in Ukraine, inflation, mis-information, insurrection investigations and political divisions, and more!  
Many traditional Republicans are unhappy with the the past president, and many of those that follow him in Congress because they no longer represent traditional Republicanism and middle America.  Help me to counter-balance that phenomenon in our legislative chambers!  I can represent long-time traditional Republican values of fiscal conservatism, smaller government, personal freedoms and accountability, strength in the military and support for law enforcement, while I also protect Democratic ideals!  Our two parties are supposed to make our lives better with every piece of legislation - I will work to that end, every day!

I am in this race representing you, the middle - the middle of the road, the middle of the political spectrum, the center - not just the Democrats or just the Republicans - and I will fight to keep the People's House, representing all of us.   Though I am a Democrat by nature, in wanting to care for the working and middle class, and the poor, disabled, and help everyone, I can find 'common ground' with the positions that local Republicans like Tom Reed and George Borello have on a variety of issues.  I am as pro-business as any Republican, and know from experience that being pro-business can also be pro-worker, and even pro-union, which follows Democratic philosophies.  In fact, the combined synergy of the two ideologies is the 'sweet spot' companies should be seeking for their leaders, and is yet another reason for me to seek the role!

There is room in 'our tent' for 'almost' all sides because most of us are not as far apart on the issues as some may think.  However, if you are not a believer in the 'rights of all people', I am not your candidate.  If you think the pandemic was a hoax, or that the 2020 election was stolen, I am not your candidate.  I will be unrelenting in my work for our 'common ground' and in combatting the misinformation crisis in our district, and in the country.   Work with me - meet with me - and I will earn your vote!

I will carry on as the recently-resigned-incumbent Tom Reed once did, in regards to the support of the Problem Solver Caucus, if there is a need, and to his level of communications to his constituency through Town Halls and other venues.  As a career-long leader in Continuous Improvement initiatives and projects in the private sector, I am well-prepared for problem solving in the public space.

Our nation's first President, George Washington was an Independent.  He believed that partisan politics would destroy our country, I am right there with him on that thought!  Unlike traditional candidates that are partisan, I have a solid perspective on both traditional Republican and Democratic issues, and as an Independent I will do right by the people in our district.  I won't be catering to special interests.  I will be catering to you!  Please join with me in combining our group perspectives and help me to demonstrate the common ground that is between us all!

We all know that politicians and the media try their best to keep us divided - it is good business for both groups!  Whether we let them keep us divided, is a choice that each of us makes.

What I ask of you is to take a closer look at what binds us together as human beings - whether its love for our family, our home or our job; whether its providing for our family, our children's education or for our aging parents; whether its the money we earn or the taxes we pay; its all common ground!   Everyone of us wants the best on all these points of life! Just as with healthcare, choosing hobbies and entertainment, what property we value or our personal freedoms - each of us wants what is best for our families and that too, is our common ground!  

The 'America that I Know and Love' respects our differences - more of that would be great!  Again, we can choose 'not to be divided' and respect our differences.   We can re-learn how to mind our own business on issues that do not concern us.  We can be good neighbors and still not agree on every little thing.  We can raise our children right!  We can have a great neighborhood because its good for all of us.  We can redefine our sense of 'community' by all of us working together, caring for each other and keeping our focus on the ways we are the same - our common ground!  

This is a not the time to divide our democracy along party lines and petty differences. The 'America, that We Know and Love' is all of us pulling together.  We can decide to come together--Republican, Democrat, and Independent, and all others, please join with me.  Remember that our nation has always prospered as a 'melting pot' of ideas and our diversity is one of the main ingredients in our strength.  We have prided ourselves for generations as being open-minded, hard-working and freedom-loving!  Let's live up to all of that!

The 'America, that We Know and Love' is moral and it is many.  It is you, it is me, it is us working together to hear our neighbors and our friends, joining together to foster the greatest good for the greatest number.

Coming out of the gate, I am an underdog - no doubt.  If you like what you read here, please share my site with others in the 23rd district!  If you can help me be successful in another way, let me know!  And when we meet on the road, share your experiences with me, as well as your concerns!

Let's get ready for unique and possibly historical, election this November!  I am running for important reasons and one of those reasons is you! 

tc '22


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