Sometime after August 6th 1945, my 24 year old grandfather Master Sergeant Arnold J. Krog, a farmboy from Minnesota, was somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. He was returning from defending our Democracy and freedom as an Army aircraft mechanic who shared a secretive work detail with the Enola Gay, the mission that ended his mission on a remote Pacific island.
My grandfather was from the rightfully titled “Greatest Generation of Americans” who saved the world from evil empires led by fascist dictators.
In 2016 the election of Donald Trump became the greatest domestic threat our Democracy and freedoms have faced since the Civil War. Our nation’s people and the entire world order is under threat by Trump’s Authoritarian Populism at the expense of freedom.
In response to this threat, it’s time for me to serve my country like my grandfather. Time to apply my personal American Journey, in an elected office capacity by serving and working for my community, state, and country towards making “America A Democracy Again.”
While I was always politically active and conscious, before Trump I would have never thought about running for public office. Not long after his election, the ballot suddenly became the battle. By running for public office, I’m giving the battle all I have to give and some.
Do I lack wisdom, will, and confidence to serve in office effectively? Absolutely not, I have the experience of life achievements, fulfillment, and successful career to achieve any challenge.
– Brad Kovach