Family, friends, and our many supporters,
I want to personally thank not only my family (the Farias, Saldivar and Kuiken families) but each and every one of you who supported me over the last year during my candidacy for U.S. Congress…those who supported me, donated to the campaign, and to the thousands (yes…thousands!) that voted for me in the Texas (US) Congressional District 15 primary election last Tuesday. I’m sorry to say that we did not win the primary election, and I am now out of the race.
It was a hard fought crusade. The campaign and I met many strong, solid conservatives with deep feelings of patriotism. Each and every person we met was both friendly and encouraging. We are grateful to all. This was a tremendous experience for me and our team. As most of you know, I spent the last 40-plus years defending our country, upholding our way of life, enforcing the laws of this land, and serving the nation. Many people take our system of government for granted, but I was in Iraq when they had their first democratic election and saw the people proudly displaying the purple dye on their finger, showing that they had voted. This is a fundamental and unalienable right we have in our country. We can determine our own path, our own government, and our own laws… by electing representatives that we believe in and who will faithfully serve those that they represent.
After all the hard work, on the very first day of early voting a man came up to me and told me he had just voted for me. After thanking him, I sat in my car, and the magnitude of what had just happened overwhelmed me. A man had put his faith and trust in me to serve him and represent him in the federal government. That hit me deeply, and I was in awe of the responsibility he had just placed on my shoulders. I re-dedicated myself to continuing to serve him, all the people in the district (whether they voted for me or not), Texas, and the United States of America to the fullest of my abilities. In the end, thousands of people in this district placed that responsibility on my shoulders, and I will be eternally grateful for the honor you have given by believing in me.
Although we did not win the election, this is not the end of the path. I will continue to serve the people of Texas and the United States. You can keep up with where we go from here by following our activities on the website, Facebook and Twitter (for now, still at Kuiken For Congress… although that will change in the near future – stay tuned). I look forward to staying in touch with you, and hopefully working with and for you in the near future.
Again, I, my wife Celia, and the entire staff at Kuiken for Congress want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts, and let you know we deeply appreciate all your support, and the many friendships we have developed over this campaign.
The Latest News
- Verification of Board memberships and business achievements
- Verification of appointment as International Security Force (border security capabilities) POC
- Verification of Senior Executive Service rank in the federal government
- Verification of appointment and service as DHS Attaché and Country Director, Iraq
- Verification of Sergeant Major of MARFORPAC status / service, and award of the Legion of Merit medal
I want to thank all of you for your friendship, support and best wishes. In the past several months, I've been... http://t.co/vF7hQR7RC8 - posted on 05/07/2013