Knoxville businessman Jason Zachary to run against John J. ‘Jimmy’ Duncan Jr.
By Joel Davis | (email@example.com)
Knoxville businessman Jason Zachary has announced he will challenge incumbent John J. “Jimmy” Duncan, Jr. in the August 2014 Republican Primary for the 2nd District U.S. Congressional seat.
Zachary, 36, is the vice president of Americomm, a telecommunications firm. He lives in Knoxville with his wife, Holly, and son, Tyson.
He serves on the board of the Western Heights Baptist Center and International Sports Consulting. He is also a member of First Baptist Concord in Knoxville where he is a deacon and stewardship committee member.
Zachary invoked his faith when asked when he decided to run for office. “The Lord began working on my heart in March of 2011 and planted a seed for service,” he said. “Over the next two years He clearly defined what service looked like, and it is running for Congress.”
Private sector skills needed
A co-owner of Americomm for the past three years, Zachary said he believes private sector leadership skills are exactly what are needed to correct the problems in the nation’s capital.
“So few of our elected officials in Washington have ever truly led or managed in the private sector,” he said. “That leadership void has resulted in an ever-growing government and a national debt that is quickly spiraling out of control. I represent a new generation of conservative leadership who will bring a business-minded approach to an office that has lost its way.”
“... Over the last 15 years I have learned that building and growing a business requires an incredible amount of hard work and sacrifice. I have also seen first-hand the tough choices business owners must make when faced with high taxes, increased regulatory burdens and rising health care costs.”
It is time for fresh blood in Washington, Zachary said. “We have given career politicians an opportunity, decade after decade, to turn our country around and they have failed. Career politicians have proven they are unable of making tough decisions that are best for the American people and continue to legislate based on re-election. The only way for us to move back toward our founding principles is to move back to the model the framers attended. We need servant leaders representing the people.
“... When you are in office for 26 years and the District 2 seat has become the family business, you become disconnected from the people you serve. The greatest divide in politics today is not Democrats and Republicans, it is career politicians and the people.”
Federal spending and debt concern Zachary. “Our national debt has increased over 60 percent in the past five years, which any economist will tell you is unsustainable,” he said. “Our generation has become known as the ‘debt generation’ thanks to the career politicians in D.C. who cannot seem to grasp the idea of balancing a budget and who continue to raise the debt ceiling time and again. I’ll bring a business-minded approach and 15 years of private-sector experience that are necessary to ensure our children’s generation does not become known as the ‘bankruptcy generation.’”
Zachary said he would stand up for his convictions if elected. “I believe if someone is called to run for office, they must be courageous enough to stand on principle. I am an unapologetic conservative, and I stand as a follower of Christ. I believe with all my heart that the family is the cornerstone of our nation, and we must work to strengthen traditional family values as they are essential to the future of our country.”