Solano County

Harter announces run against Garamendi for Congress

By From page A5 | February 05, 2014

Ryan Harter, candidate for Congress.

Ryan Harter, candidate for Congress

FAIRFIELD — Ryan Harter, a U.S. Air Force veteran who says the bureaucracy in Washington, D.C., has contorted and disregarded constitutional rights, is running as an independent for the congressional seat now held by Democrat John Garamendi.

“I’m the huge underdog,” Harter said.

California State Assemblyman Dan Louge, R-Loma Rica, is also running for the 3rd Congressional District that includes Solano County. Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, is seeking re-election.

Harter, a resident of Plumas Lake in Yuba County, said what irked him most politically was the congressional vote in December to decrease by 1 percent the cost of living adjustment for veterans.

“Everybody was in a hurry to get home for Christmas,” he said of the vote.

A cut in veterans benefits “would have been a deal-killer” for him, said Harter.

He said he likes a lot of the points that Logue makes, but that the Republican state lawmaker and Democrat Garamendi voted with their parties 100 percent of the time.

“A lot of people are fed up with the rhetoric of the left staying in their aisle and the right staying in their aisle,” Harter said.

As an independent, he won’t get the financial support that Garamendi and Logue will receive from their parties, Harter said. While they’ll receive thousands of dollars, he said, “I’m enthusiastic if get $50 or $100.”

The congressional candidate agrees that Solano County is the key to winning the election and that he’ll be campaigning here in March.

Harter, 32, served 12 years in the Air Force, with tours in Afghanistan, Turkey and Germany. He describes himself a strong advocate for fiscal responsibility, limited federal government, tax reform, social program reform and veterans rights.

He and his wife Megan, also a veteran who served in Iraq, have four children.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

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  • LilFebruary 04, 2014 - 3:59 pm

    What education does this guy have? What is job experience? It doesn't even say what he did in the Air Force.

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  • Mr. PracticalFebruary 04, 2014 - 5:36 pm

    His Website is ryanharterforcongress dot com. Contact him and ask.

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  • LilFebruary 04, 2014 - 8:19 pm

    Yeah I visited his site. Nothing about him except that he was in the Air Force for 12 years. And yet he is for small federal government.

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  • Mr. PracticalFebruary 05, 2014 - 6:03 am

    Actually, it's limited Federal Government. That's not contradictory to being in the military. Did you read the Issues tab? There is a contact page where you can send your questions. Or you can just believe what you want to believe.

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  • Rhee MedboyFebruary 05, 2014 - 6:20 pm

    It would be nice to think he has a shot, but the sheeple in this area will vote for Garamendi, no matter what happens.

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  • Danny BuntinFebruary 05, 2014 - 6:53 pm

    Not so much the sheeple that are preventing this man from being elected. I say it has more to do with the fact that he is delivering the same old Tea Party/Republican talking points. The website delivers very little detail, minus the regular drivel about big government and debt spending.

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  • B. ThiemerFebruary 20, 2014 - 6:17 am

    "The Ryan Harter for Congress site has been deactivated as he has withdrawn for the 2014 race. "

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