This morning, Republicans in Virginia’s eighth district said they had a potential candidate whom they liked a great deal who hadn’t decided yet. Now that candidate’s hat is thrown in the ring: Meet Micah Edmond.
I am considering seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. Congress in 2014 to represent Virginia’s 8th Congressional District and I need your support. I believe Congressman Jim Moran has failed to lead and continues to represent the status quo rather than the changing interests of constituents in the 8th District.
Most recently, I served as the senior national security advisor for two of the most influential, bi-partisan government initiatives to solve our fiscal deficit and debt issues – Congress’ Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction in 2011 and President Obama’s Simpson-Bowles Commission in 2010. Although I worked tirelessly for two years to help generate the tough choices necessary to produce a comprehensive long-term budget plan that would solve our current fiscal crisis, both efforts failed because members of Congress chose to represent the status quo rather than the interests of their constituents. Congress’ continued lack of action forces us to navigate from fiscal crisis to fiscal crisis without a long-term comprehensive budget plan and it is undermining our economic growth and national security.
My message is simple – I am considering a run for congress because I think members of Congress should stand up and represent the best interests of their constituents rather than choosing the easy way out. I want constituents to know the honest, practical, tough choices needed to produce a comprehensive long-term budget plan that will solve our fiscal crisis, end sequestration and create the necessary resources to invest in things that will make America great again. Until we solve our fiscal spending crisis, we can’t make investments in priorities like education, infrastructure and energy independence.
Last year, Edmond joined the Aerospace Industries Association as assistant vice president of Industrial Base Policy.
Edmond’s LinkedIn page mentions previous experience as as the senior defense legislative assistant for two subcommittee ranking members of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC): Representative Mike Turner (R., Ohio), with the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, and Representative Joe Wilson (R., S.C.), with the Military Personnel Subcommittee. Prior to his congressional staff service, Mr. Edmond served as a Marine Corps officer. Senior posts included speechwriter for the Marine Corps service chief and special assistant/aide-de-camp for two senior general officers.
Prior to his military service, Mr. Edmond worked for Citigroup. Edmond holds a B.A. from Williams College and an M.A. and M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.