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I am excited about going to Washington to represent the working families of Hillsborough, Polk, and Osceola Counties.

Since 1983, I proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy. On February 29, 2008, I retired from the military as a Master Chief, the Navy’s senior enlisted rank of E9. I did so in order to continue to serve our nation by running for the U.S. House.

The grass roots effort that so many of you led in our 2008 campaign allowed us to get within an arm’s reach of our district’s congressional seat. This year, we will finish the job and finally give working families a Representative in Washington that understands the challenges we face.

Voters need a Representative that will work with both parties to do what’s right for the people of the 12th and for all the working and military families that reside here. I’m running for Congress to ensure that the interests of America and Florida’s 12th District always come before party politics and personal ambitions.

The one and only way I can return Washington’s power to you, its rightful owner, is with your help. Together we can send a working man to the people’s house. I promise to be a voice for middle-class Americans, and not an echo of corporate robber barons. I promise to be a voice for our nation’s military heroes and veterans, and not an echo of “Stay the Course” endless wars. I promise to be a voice for you, and not an echo of broken Washington politics and career politicians.

I am asking you to join with us, allowing me to use my proven, principled leadership; my education in government and the law; and my military discipline and determination to represent you. With your help, we can have a government that works for us – one in which we can trust and one in which we can be proud.