Why Daniel Is Running

I’m running for the United States Congress in Kentucky’s 6th district challenging Andy Barr. We have 19 counties in our district and every one of them deserves better representation in Washington D.C. You deserve better representation.

I was born and raised in Southern California to a church secretary mom and a hard-working dad. We weren’t blessed with any kind of wealth, I guess you could consider us “lower middle-class”. We didn’t miss many meals but there were certainly no “extras” growing up. By today’s standards we would probably be considered “the working poor”. We never qualified for any government programs but we did have a union family that made sure we got through the thinner of times.

What my parents taught me, for which I am eternally grateful, is how empowering hard work can be. My dad was especially aware that he wasn’t always the brightest, best educated worker but he did have that feeling that nobody was going to outwork him. Both my parents did what they could to get any little bit extra to get through the month. Back in the days when you actually could get ahead.

It is that sense of working to get ahead is why I’m running. I have worked harder and smarter and have gotten just a little bit ahead. It’s my turn to stand up and help others by magnifying my father’s principles of hard work leading to a better life.

I’ve read the works of our Founding Fathers and studied our history and like you, I am inspired by their words and that patriotic sense of what it means to be an American. But when it comes to public service and seeking one of the highest of offices, I have drawn my inspiration from the first president of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Havel who said: “Genuine politics… is simply a matter of serving those around us: serving the community and serving those who will come after us. Its deepest roots are moral because it is a responsibility expressed through action, to and for the whole.”

I have chosen the political path because of my love for country, my love for my parents, and the deep responsibility I feel to my country and family.

You see, we look at our country and say: We know what it takes to make our economy stronger and fairer. We know what it takes to make college more affordable, and retirement more secure. We know that we need to strengthen, not abandon, the promise of public education. We know that inclusion makes us stronger. We know what it takes to lead the world with the example of our power and by the power of our example. We know what needs to be done.

I am asking you to stand with me and join the fight. Together we’ll build a country that our children can be proud of.