Who am I?
Cesar Henao has lived and worked in the community of District 21 for more than twenty years. As a longtime resident of Greenacres, FL, Cesar now embodies the greatest ideals of past and present generations. Cesar Henao is a focused and driven leader who seeks to be the Independent voice for the new 21st Congressional District of Florida.
Cesar is the proud father of two wonderful children, Breana and Mauricio, and readily admits being married to the most beautiful woman, his wife Deana. They all enjoy spending time together with Cato, their two-year-old golden retriever.
Members of the community have witnessed Cesar as a finance and technology professional - increasing efficiency and making each business more successful. Others have seen his benevolent side as a volunteer with Hugs 4 Kids, Florida Outreach Center for the Blind, and Agape America. Such compassion for families and children has its roots in a very gripping story that now fuels his campaign.
In 1986, Cesar was only eight years old and living in Pereira, Colombia, in the Andes Mountains. At the time, Colombia was marked with pockets of extreme violence, culminating in the assassination of four presidential candidates during the 1990 election. Colombia was quickly turning into a hotbed of civil war, dominated by drug cartels.
Innocent and remarkably optimistic, Cesar recalls a moment when a shooting star inspired him to make a daring wish: that one day, he would find a home within the United States.
In 1988, his mother, Lucy, managed to escape the violence of Colombia, while he stayed behind with relatives. Two years later Cesar began a two month journey to the land of the free. The vulnerable moments of that experience can only be expressed by Cesar:
I was lying on the floor in the back of a Ford pickup truck with nine other individuals. We were covered by dozens of bales of hay. At 12 years old, I felt completely alone without my mother. While in Agua Prieta, on the border between the United States and Mexico, I prayed to God and my guardian angel that He would help me into the United States and find my mother. Should He grant me that blessing, I would make the best of every opportunity that came my way. I promised to serve the United States of America to the best of my ability. Eight hours after crossing the border I arrived in Phoenix, Arizona.
During that summer of 1990, Cesar reunited with his mother in New York City. He received his Green Card in 1996, attended Palm Beach Community College and received his Associate of Arts Degree in 1998, and transferred into Management Information Systems at Florida Atlantic University.
On September 24, 2002, his childhood wish came true: Cesar Augusto Henao was sworn in as a citizen of the United States of America. This proud moment of accomplishment might have seemed like the perfect end to an immigrants incredible story, but for Cesar, earning citizenship was only the beginning.
Why am I running?
I love this country.
My personal story is one of hard work and a journey towards citizenship. However I am not running for Congress to impress people with my story, but rather to impress upon people that if a young boy can survive a trip through Central America to escape the violence of Colombia in 1990, and later work to build the American Dream for himself and his family, then the American Dream is still alive and well.
The pundits on TV would like you to believe that America's best days are behind her, but I am here to say that they are ahead of us. If we are willing to work hard and work together to preserve this wonderful country we will have a legacy to pass on to our children. I love America too much to stand by and do nothing.
Washington, however, is riddled with problems and partisan issues are tearing at the fabric of America. I'm not a Democrat or a Republican, but a skeptic. I'm also willing to be a leader and say what most politicians won't: that voters are partly to blame for the mess in Washington, because we keep sending them there year after year.
Well, no more. I want to go to Washington because I know I can talk to both sides, and will work to build consensus and leadership in government. America needs leaders, and I have what it takes to be one in the United States House of Representatives.
Jobs, jobs, jobs! America is falling behind in the tech race on multiple fronts. I will work tirelessly to bring technology jobs to Florida and the rest of the United States, and spur entrepreneurship and education that creates the careers of the future. Bottom line, America must be first and best, and innovative technologies are the only way we will succeed and pull ourselves out of this bad economy.
Secondly, every other goal I have is either secondary or supportive of my plans for creating jobs. There are many problems that we face as Americans, and everyone of them needs to be evaluated on how they effect job creation, and fiscal responsibility. We need balanced budgets, we need to tackle the national debt, and we as Americans need to be more responsible with our money in general. We are the richest nation on earth, but from the kitchen table to the Capitol we have a problem with money - we need to be more wise with our money.
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We are reaching out to communities in the District to recruit volunteers for sign waving, canvassing, and other activities. We are also using social media like Facebook and an email newsletter to keep voters and volunteers informed about opportunities to help elect Cesar Henao to Congress.
There are many volunteer opportunities available to anyone who wants to help with the campaign, regardless of geographical location. In this age of the Internet we are maximizing resources by taking volunteer opportunities online as well as into the streets.