For every action, there is a reaction and when Ilhan Omar shocked America and said about 911 ‘some people did something” one decorated U.S. Army vet had had enough.
It was at that moment that Chris Kelley, who earned eleven military medals during his 27-years of service in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves, decided he had to run against her.
Kelley is a 20-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Force and knows the streets he will be campaigning in to unseat Ilhan Omar.
“September 11 was a terrible loss of life, not just for police officers and firefighters and other first responders, but 3,000 people and non-combatants died, and to be dismissive of that was an outrage. I could sit and complain or I could do something about it,” Kelley told Fox News.
“And I believe I can be a positive voice in standing up for people in our country, and for our first responders and the people every day on the frontlines.”
“As former military, I am here to serve and not further my status. I want to do a good job for the people I represent and I don’t have a personal agenda,” added Kelley, who will run as an independent.
“I’m passionate about service and I just want to be able to continue that.”
“Immigration is a big issue right now. I believe in having a secure border; if you don’t have a country you don’t have a border and our border agents are doing a great job, but they are being overwhelmed and Congress isn’t giving them the tools they need,” he said.
“But I would also like to see a pathway to citizenship for those under DACA; they couldn’t help they were brought here and need a shot to be able to stay here.”
“A big concern I have is our national debt, and I would like to work on bringing this down. It should be a priority,” Kelley continued. “I have a 5-year-old and this debt will be in our children’s lap.”
“I won’t be bringing in controversy and scandal. I will be bringing firsthand knowledge of the things that I know are going on in the community as an officer. I see a lot every day – the homelessness, the opioid crisis; I want to bring these things to the forefront and put some ideas on the table on how to deal with them,” Kelley added.
“I want to do anything I can to make people’s lives better; I just want to sit and listen to people and make some positive change.”