Why I'm Running for Congress

Submitted by kvaughn on Tue, 09/20/2011 - 01:00

I never intended to seek public office.

But the exceptional thing about America is that it offers ordinary people like my wife Julie and me extraordinary opportunities to pursue careers, interests, and ministries that enable us to serve others. These opportunities are made possible by the economic and spiritual freedoms enshrined in our Constitution.

Ken and Julie

Our leaders are now jeopardizing these freedoms by allowing our nation to accrue unprecedented debt, held by countries like China, who do not provide such freedoms to their own citizens.

My father was a Marine reserve officer and a small businessman. My mother was a music teacher. They dreamed of a future where I could earn a great education and pursue the career of my choice in a free and prosperous nation without undue government intervention.

Thanks to their effort and example, I was fortunate to attend two excellent colleges, Tulane University (where I earned a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering) and Texas A&M University (where I earned a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering).

After obtaining my master’s degree, I settled in the metro DC area to work in the private sector, raise a family, and eventually start my own business in northern Virginia.

As a career engineer, I am, by definition, interested in how things work. I feel compelled to try to fix things that do not work.

Washington is broken, and I would like to help fix it.

I’m running for Congress because we have too many career politicians and too few public servants. Unlike such career politicians, I will serve for a limited time, will support, protect, and defend the Constitution, will use my private sector experience to fix the mess we are in, and will return home to live under the laws that Congress passes.

As a previous president once said, “Our problems are man-made; therefore, they may be solved by man.”

17% Budget Cap

But they will not be solved by selfish career politicians in Washington who do not understand or who choose to ignore simple math.

My campaign motto is: “Not right, not left, just math.”

I cannot and will not stand by and watch the next generation inherit a country with a darker future and fewer opportunities than my generation was given.

Those who can, must. And given the chance, we will.

We can do better.

We must do better.

Will you stand with me?

In Liberty,
Ken Vaughn