“I have spent my entire adult life in public service; I know it, I feel it, I live it every day. CD 5 needs the voice of a worker who gets all people, not just some.”

 

Chris Kelley is a decorated veteran with the United States Army. He’s been police officer in Minneapolis for 20 years. And now, he’s bringing his expertise from a life of service to the political world.

Kelley recently announced that he would be running as an Independent to challenge Representative Ilhan Omar for her seat in Congress.

Chris Kelley served the military for 27 years and as a police officer for 20. Now he’s bringing the voice of defenders back to the public. (Facebook)

 

He said that for him, it’s all about continuing to serve others.

“I’m passionate about service and I just want to be able to continue that,” Kelley said in an interview with Fox News.

So what exactly prompted the veteran police officer to decide to run against Omar?

He said that it was her comments about 9/11 that pushed him to throw his name in the ring.

According to Kelley, “some people did something” just didn’t feel right. He thinks that leaders of our country need to have a greater appreciation for those so willing to lay down their life in order to protect and defend others.

“It was very dismissive and disrespectful,” Kelley said. “September 11 was a terrible loss of life, not just for police officers and firefighters and other first responders, but 3,000 people and non-combatants died, and to be dismissive of that was an outrage.”

Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (Flickr)

 

He said that Rep. Omar seems to be more concerned about her ‘celebrity status’ than actually doing things for her district, though he did say that he didn’t want his campaign to be a negative political smear against the current representative. 

“I won’t be bringing in controversy and scandal. I will be bringing firsthand knowledge of the things that I know are going on in the community as an officer. I see a lot every day — the homelessness, the opioid crisis; I want to bring these things to the forefront and put some ideas on the table on how to deal with them,” said Kelley.

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The combat vet and first responder said that he’s not looking to bolster his reputation – but simply help the people within his district. 

“As former military, I am here to serve and not further my status. I want to do a good job for the people I represent and I don’t have a personal agenda,” Kelley said on Friday. “I want to do anything I can to make people’s lives better; I just want to sit and listen to people and make some positive change.”

In his laundry list of accomplishments, Kelley is recognized for giving more than 20 years to the Minneapolis Police Department, as well as two deployments to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom and once during Desert Storm. 

Additionally, the Post reported that Kelley earned a Master’s degree in criminal justice leadership from Concordia University in St. Paul.

 

He knows he faces an uphill battle after Omar secured more than 75 percent of the vote in 2018, but he’s committed to helping the American people create real resolutions to our problems.  

One of the issues he feels strongly about is immigration, saying that the government has not done enough to fund CBP and DHS. Kelley says by not providing them with support and proper funding, those public servants have come under attack by Omar and others for conditions at the border.

“There’s not a cop or anybody in law enforcement who wants to see anybody suffer. We do need secure borders. You don’t have a country without a border, and allowing anybody to walk in is ridiculous,” he told the Duluth News Tribune.

According to Kelley, he wants to create a better pathway for those looking to come to the United States for circumstances outside of their control.

“We have a lot of good people coming in that will help the country,” he said.

Want to learn more about Chris’s campaign? Visit his website right here.

 

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