Veteran and local business owner, Paul Kerr to challenge Darrell Issa

July 11, 2017

San Diego, CA- Paul Kerr, a Vietnam-era Navy Veteran, Democrat and local business owner announced his campaign for Congress today to unseat 18-year incumbent, Darrel Issa and represent California’s 49th Congressional District.

“Donald Trump and Darrell Issa are hard at work pushing policies that would harm our middle class, our health care system and our environment, all while simultaneously attacking our hard-working immigrant population.  And they’ve just gotten started! Darrell represents everything that’s wrong with Washington.  He’s a professional, career, politician and a Republican attack-dog, who routinely puts his own self-interest above those of the people in his district.” said Kerr.

“Wages for middle-class families have been stagnant for over 30 years, including the entire time that Darrell Issa’s been in congress.  The GOP health care plan will leave over 22 million people without insurance, particularly hurting older Americans and those with pre-existing conditions.  And Veterans are not getting the care and services they’ve earned.” according to Kerr. “Look, Americans are struggling … particularly lower-income and middle-class families.  I’m running for Congress because I’ve had to overcome these same struggles in my life, and it’s now crystal clear that none of us can afford to sit on the sidelines any longer.  It’s time we get back to putting Working Families First .”

Paul was raised in a middle-class community by working-class parents.  He’s lived in San Diego for 43 of the past 46 years.  He’s an enlisted Vietnam-era Navy Veteran, who served on a destroyer out of San Diego, that was assigned to patrol the coast of Vietnam for a tour of duty shortly after that war ended.  Paul is a proud alumnus of San Diego State University, but despite working full-time through college, he still graduated with over $20,000 of student loan debt.  For the past 20 years, Paul has been an owner of a successful San Diego-based, small business.

California’s 49th Congressional District stretches from UCSD and in northern, coastal San Diego County to Dana Point in the southern region of Orange County.

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