A Leader Not a Politician
Why am I running?
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. For years we have elected members of the political elite handpicked by their party’s leadership to represent us in Congress and found to no real surprise that despite their promises to represent our interest they have represented their own and the special interest groups that funnel money into their campaigns. This has to stop now!
We need a new wave of representatives. People who salute the American flag and not their party’s standard. People that care about their constituents and what they think and not just a few power brokers with the money to do whatever they want. We need people willing to work with others in Congress regardless of their political party affiliation to get things done and move this country forward. As twenty-three year veteran of the U.S. Navy I am sickened by what I see in Washington D.C. Change is needed now before irreversible harm is done to our great republic. That is why I am running for Congress!
– AA Culinary Arts (Summa cum Laude)
– BA Comparative Religion (Summa cum Laude)
Central Florida is my home. I grew up in Lake County, graduated from Leesburg High School and went on to join the U.S. Navy. I chose to make service to my country my career and spent 23 years in the military. Following graduation from United States Navy Nuclear Power School as a nuclear safety, electronics and instrumentation specialist, I volunteered for assignment to fast attack submarines and was deployed on numerous highly sensitive missions critical to national security.
The Navy recognized my superior performance by honoring me with a direct commission as an ensign in 1992. “Mustangs” as they are called in the Armed Forces represent less than one percent of the total force and are given some of the most challenging assignments. Reactor Controls Officer on a nuclear-powered cruiser, Nuclear Repair Officer for the Mediterranean and Assistant Engineer Officer on the USS Jimmy Carter (SSN 23) the most advanced special operations platform in the world to name a few. I was Command Duty Officer on Carter on 9/11. The plume of smoke rising from the World Trade Center could be seen from the base in Groton, Connecticut. F-16 fighter jets flew overhead keeping a protective watch over the us. It was a sight and a feeling I will never forget.
Perhaps my most challenging assignment was as a nuclear project superintendent in Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. There I spearheaded the development and implementation of strategies that significantly improved cost and schedule performance of nuclear submarine overhauls. $1.5 million on one submarine project alone. For this, I received a commendation from the President of the United States for meritorious service to go along with the 10 commendations from the Secretary of the Navy awarded throughout my career.
Following my naval career, I worked as a project management consultant in commercial nuclear power authoring a reactor protection system replacement plan for a large Midwestern nuclear power station.
Deciding to change things up a bit. I made the choice to pursue a lifelong dream of becoming a chef. Following graduation from Le Cordon Bleu culinary school, I worked for three of the world’s largest hospitality and food service corporations as a chef and food safety manager. My journey took me from working in the kitchen of a four-star resort in Orlando to managing culinary and hotel operations on an off-shore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, to the position of corporate food safety manager for the state of Texas. In that capacity, I inspected and trained food service staff in food safety at some of the largest professional sports and concert venues in the U.S. I used this experience as an independent food safety consultant moving back to my home state of Florida.
Over my lifetime I have been to over 40 countries and visited 48 U.S. states, I’ve met and worked with people from all walks of life and my experiences have helped me become who I am today. I know what it is like to plant fence posts and work construction in the hot Florida sun. My father was a Caterpillar equipment salesman, and a member of the Florida Cattleman’s Association. He taught me that hard work and common decency would give me a foothold in life and he was right. To him, there was no difference between a handshake and a written contract. That is my belief as well. The lessons I learned from my parents, teachers, pastors, and my career in the Navy are the foundation of my values and form the guiding principles I will take to Congress. Honesty, integrity, and an unshakable belief in my fellow Floridians and the people of this country. With my strong background of working with others to find solutions to hard problems, I know that I can make a difference. It’s time for a leader and not a career politician to represent Florida’s 11th District!
Please vote Ron Reid, for Congress.