It's been a good weekend for Congressional candidate announcements. First Mary Beth Harrell in CD31, and now David Harris in CD06. Damon was first to press on this. Harris doesn't have a website up yet - his decision to run was made just this weekend - but you can get a good idea of Harris' background here.
Capt. David Harris, a resident of Arlington, Texas, who recently returned from a 14-month tour in Iraq, said he began to oppose the war after it became apparent that Iraq possessed no stores of biological or chemical weapons.
"There was a belief amongst the troops that we were going there to take down Saddam Hussein because he had weapons of mass destruction," said Harris, 33. "We're 16 months after the invasion, and still not a one has been found. That would put some skepticism in anybody."
The active-duty U.S. Army reservist, who served as a logistics officer in Iraq, said poor planning, training and resource allocation constantly jeopardized his unit. The 12-year armed forces veteran said he plans to submit his resignation to avoid a second call-up to Iraq.
"I was informed last Wednesday that I might be on the list...and put into a unit that's going to be deployed," Harris said. "My resignation is already typed up. After 12 years, it's hard to walk away from it. But I can't see doing another year in Iraq."
Harris teaches ROTC at the University of Texas at Arlington. According to information provided by the Veterans for Peace organization, his decorations include the Bronze Star and the Global War on Terror medal.
But Harris said: "I just don't agree that we should have this endless war on terror with no end. I don't think we can change the landscape or the people in Iraq in one year, five years or 10 years."
Harris is looking for petition signatures to get on the ballot, and he's looking for donations to kick off his effort. Send email to FM2DC@aol.com or snail mail to Follow Me To DC, PO Box 1408 Fort Worth, TX 76102 to get involved.Posted by Charles Kuffner on August 21, 2005 to Election 2006 | TrackBack