My wife Terri and I recently visited the grave of my father-in-law, George Demos, in Arlington National Cemetery. He was part of the Army Air Forces and fought against the Nazis in Germany during World War II.
During the war, George’s plane was shot down and he was captured by enemy soldiers. He was a Prisoner of War for almost a year until his release after Germany surrendered. Remembering George’s service led me to reflect on what it means to serve our country.
My time in the Navy, serving on a nuclear-powered submarine, helped teach me the value of servant leadership and define for me what it means to be an American. George and I both answered the call to serve and defend our American values, including the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and freedom of the press, religion, and speech.
We served to preserve these American values, rooted in the core belief that every human being has inherent worth and dignity.
During the 2016 election cycle, and in the first 18 months of this presidency, it has become abundantly clear to me that these American values are under attack.
I’m running for Congress because I believe in servant leadership and I know that we’re better than this. Together, we can restore our collective American values and put our country on the right path.
Thank you for helping us get there,