My name is John James and I’m running for U.S. Senate to Defend the American Dream from threats at home and abroad.
This is a mission that is near and dear to my heart.
In a lot of ways, I feel like my family story is inextricably linked to the concept of the American Dream, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without the opportunity and promise offered by our great country.
My father was born in Starkville, Mississippi and he grew up right across the street from a university he wasn’t allowed to attend because of the color of his skin.
But he didn’t let racism and bigotry deny him the ability to embrace the promise of America — he paid his way through college, served honorably in Vietnam, and worked hard to provide a better future for his family.
He moved to Detroit and started a trucking company with only one truck and one trailer. He worked for more than a decade hauling beer between Detroit and Milwaukee and turned that one truck and one trailer into a 35 million dollar company.
He was able to provide a life for his family that his parents could have never dreamed of — thanks to his work ethic, his determination, and his belief in America as the land of unlimited opportunity.
In four generations, my family has gone from slave to sharecropper to potential Senator because of their relentless hard work and the opportunity and promise offered by the American system.
My family story inspired me to believe in the promise offered by the American Dream, and my father’s service inspired me to use my skills and blessings to defend it to the best of my ability.
My mission began as a cadet at West Point and then I went to Ranger school and flight school, and was deployed to Iraq to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
I flew more than 750 combat hours in an Apache Attack Helicopter and learned firsthand what it takes to defend the American Dream. I learned that protecting our country and our ideals takes incredible sacrifice and that we can never grow complacent in our mission.
I returned home to my community to run the company that my dad started – a global automotive logistic supply company.
I worked hard, created good-paying American jobs, and met the love of my life — my wife Liz — and started a family.
But I couldn’t remain on the sidelines. Even though my military career was over, I felt like I had more to give. I wanted to continue to serve the country and my community in any way that I could.
Co-Pilot, I never envisioned myself as a politician.
But after watching Washington fail to deliver on promises for decades, I decided that I had to take action. I couldn’t let cities like Detroit continue to flounder while career politicians like my opponent fought for their own careers instead of their communities.
I’m running for Senate in Michigan in 2020 because I truly feel the American Dream that allowed my family to thrive is at risk, and I believe that my experience as a veteran and business owner puts me in the best position to defend it.
My Senate race is going to be decided by a razor-thin margin and if I can win, it will guarantee that the GOP can defend their majority in the Senate.
That means socialism will never come to fruition in America. That means our reputation as a land of opportunity will be protected. That means that our children will be able to live out the American Dream and go on to achieve things that we can’t even imagine.
Co-Pilot, will you help me in my mission to Defend the American Dream? If you believe in my mission, I encourage you to invest any amount in my campaign — I cannot get to Washington without your support.
Thank you for listening to my story.