Joshua Harris-Till 4 Congress
OK-02 in OK http://www.HarrisTill4Congress.com
Primary Election Date: 2014-06-24 General Election Date: 2014-11-04
Who am I?
Born Nov. 12th, 1989 (24 years old)
Recent graduate of Northeastern State University
B.A. in Political Science
Double Minor: Communication and Psychology
Interned, Congressman Dan Boren
Canvass Captain, Cherokee Tribal Council Elections
Resides in Tahlequah, Ok
Why am I running?
I spent my senior year studying the current congressman and what he was doing for the district. Honestly it was the most least impressive thing I had ever witnessed. I began to get proactive and see how we were going to get a democrat back in office, but all I got was maybes. The one saving grace was appointed by Obama and things looked bleak. I felt that someone had to do something. Northeastern has a motto written on the back of the fountain at its entrance that says "be the change." Simple but so very powerful I took that charge and spoke with a few people, half said I'm crazy and the other half said I'm crazy enough to succeed. We have come a long way and I have done my best to adapt to this very sharp learning curve. I feel no less than honest when I say we can do this if we can just get the support in place.
Infrastructure- One of the staples of my campaign is getting investment dollars back into the state of Oklahoma. Luckily and unfortunately the Native American nations are the only reason that we have maintained this long. I want a simple 100 million dollars to bring back with a willingness to bring that down to as low as 26 million in order to give at least 1 million dollars to each county commissioner to rebuild roads, bridges, and the downtown areas that are the staple of most of our rural communities.
Jobs- The House says it's number 1 priority is jobs, but they block job bill after job bill. I believe if elected I'm young enough to really bring some celebrity to the office. I would use that celebrity to motivate college students. If the leadership won't bring a jobs bill to the floor I'll hit the colleges in their district and have their offices flooded with calls and emails. The best way to put pressure on leadership is with constituents, and I believe that's a group I can reach.
Minimum Wage- Jim Hightower stated, "The issue isn't just jobs. Even slaves had jobs. The issue is wages." FDR said, “No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country." We have to push for a increase because we give money every day to millionaires and billionaires who just throw it into savings. When you give money to poor people it goes into the economy. They aren't going to go get a Cayman Islands' account because they make a little more money. They are going to buy more groceries and maybe a nicer pair of shoes for their child.
My DFA Values
I believe that the DFA values are exactly what is needed. When you think of our current state with Obama being "weak" because he doesn't want to go to war, or the war on the LGBT community it's just history repeating itself. I plan to motivate the community to get involved with the political process. I want them to know what legislation is going to be presented on the floor, and I don't plan on just showing them a draft of it. I intend to break down it on a level everyone can get it, and then add to that my suggestion as to how it should be voted on.
I intend to keep America out of unnecessary wars and foster those relationships with other countries. Aiding where it's needed and sanctioning those who go against the international communities representation of the norm.
Liberty is what I will embody the most. I'm a Christian, I've been practicing since I was a small child. My brother is a part of the LGBT community, and I love him just as much now as before I knew. People are people, no-one is perfect or even better than someone, we all make mistakes. I think the sooner we get back to a "golden rule" society the better off we will be. That's the America I believe in.
My Campaign is People Powered!
We're overloading the social media world. Like I stated earlier I'm 24 so being on Facebook and Twitter all day is something that I'm actually use to doing. We plan on using this media outlet to reach the college students, and show them they are needed in politics.
The other thing we're doing is drive the district. I have 26 counties and it's roughly a 3rd of the state. I go any and everywhere I can, and I am always the last candidate to leave. I'm willing to have hour long conversations if necessary, and I'm still not old enough to appreciate sleep. Often times I wont make it home until about 2 or 3 in the morning, and I start it back over the next day.
Engaging people has always been my strong suit, and I think that is going to be the most significant tool that keeps me competitive in this race. He has loads of money, but so did Mitt Romney it's about who can engage the voters more, and I believe I can do that better than the Markwayne.