John Waltz

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John Waltz is a veteran's rights advocate and former candidate for United States House of Representatives.

Early life, education and career[edit]

Waltz is a disabled veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. He served on the United States Navy and participated in Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom. He has four daughters. He founded and served as the executive director for Severus Worldwide, a now-defunct organization with a goal of revitalizing medical facilities in Iraq. He also served as executive vice president of the also now-defunct Iraq War Veterans Organization and the Kentucky director for the Order of the Silver Rose.[1]

U.S. Congress campaign in Kentucky 2010[edit]

In 2010, Waltz was the Democratic candidate in Kentucky's 4th congressional district, but was defeated in the election by Republican incumbent Geoff Davis, who received more than 69% of the vote.[2]

Heartland Revolution[edit]

IIn 2010, following his defeat by Geoff Davis, Waltz founded Heartland Revolution Citizen's Fund, a Federal SuperPAC, with his wife Janie listed as the Operations Director. During 2011, the main year that the group was active, Heartland Revolution was one of the first organizations on the ground in Wisconsin to support union protest efforts. This work continued as the attack on unions spread to Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan. Heartland Revolution also played a vital role in the protest against the dictator like take over of Benton Harbor and the recall efforts against Representative Al Pasholka [3] The termination was approved on January 5, 2012, ending the existence of the organization.

U.S. Congress campaign in Michigan 2012[edit]

After his unsuccessful campaign in Kentucky, Waltz moved to Michigan to work as the Executive Director of the Heartland Revolution, a now-defunct organization that he founded with his wife, Janie.[4] Waltz announced his candidacy for U.S. Representative on August 15, 2011. His campaign platform focuses on education reform, support for the Employee Free Choice Act, progressive taxes, support for renewable energy, and supporting veterans issues.

On Feb 21, 2012, Waltz withdrew from the Sixth District race, claiming at the time to be suffering from life-threatening illness. It was later determined that Waltz had suffered a minor stroke.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Waltz, John (2010-07-23). "John Waltz for Congress". John Waltz for Congress. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  2. ^ Politico (2010-11-04). "Election Map". Politico. Retrieved 2011-11-30. 
  3. ^ http://americanindependent.com/181461/benton-harbor-the-21st-centurys-selma-says-mayor
  4. ^ Savage, Chris (2011-08-12). "John Waltz, former Exec. Dir. of Heartland Revolution, to challenge Fred Upton in MI-06". Blogging for Michigan. Retrieved 2011-11-30. 
  5. ^ http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2012/02/6th_district_democrats_to_look.html

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