WILMINGTON — Wilmington resident Jonah Gardner on Friday announced his intention to run for U.S. Congress in 2018. He plans to run for the 7th District in the U.S. House as a Democrat – the seat is currently held by republican David Rouzer.
Gardner is the second candidate to announce an intention to run against Rouzer, Dr. Kyle Horton made her announcement in May.
Gardner’s background is in the information technology field and he has a degree in electronic engineering, according to the candidate’s press release.
“In my IT career- I learned to solve problems using data, facts, and a little common sense. I believe Congress will benefit greatly from this simple principle,” Gardner said.
He also credits his grandfather, a WWII veteran who lived to be 100 years old with being the biggest influence in his life.
Gardner’s biggest issues of importance as listed on his website include education, a better government, health care, and the economy.
“I am ready to fight on behalf of the 780,480 North Carolinians in the 7th district. In Congress, I will address the issues of the 7th district such as: the 12.5 percent of families living below the poverty line, the 296,000 people that stand to lose their public health insurance, the 93,000 people without health insurance, the 126,190 households that make less than $35,000/year and the 352,715 people over the age of 25 without a college degree,” Gardner said via press release.