Today Utah Representative Chris Herrod (R-Provo) announced that he is running for the office of US Senate. Chris made his announcement at the state capitol, surrounded by dozens of friends, family and supporters.
“I am running because I believe this is a critical time for the nation,” Herrod said. “We don’t have much time to fix our challenges. Our only chance to avoid extreme economic hardship is to quickly return to the principles upon which this nation was founded.”
At the press conference, friend Arturo Morales introduced Chris as a man of integrity, principle, courage, vision and humility. Chris has consistently stood for principles and truth, even if he had to stand alone. “I see in Chris the characteristics of a modern-day George Washington,” Morales said.
Alia Herrod, Chris’ wife, also spoke briefly. As a legal immigrant from the Ukraine who once lived under communist and socialist oppression, she said she never thought she would have to stand in front of Americans and urge them to wake up and defend their freedoms, but that day has come.
Chris Herrod spoke about his goals to take America back to the constitutional principles it was founded on in order to avoid the fiscal and social meltdown headed our way if our government continues its spending spree. “We need to bring the recession to Washington,” he said.
“Not only must we cut spending, but we must quickly grow our economy,” Herrod said in prepared remarks. “By repealing Obamacare and thwarting federal government creep, developing our own natural resources and reducing general federal government spending, I am confident the United States can regain ground as an economic leader of freedom.”
Herrod also spoke of his growing anxiety that our country is headed down the path to socialism. Having lived abroad and taught free market business principles in the former Soviet Union, Herrod has experienced the results of socialism first-hand and does not want to see the U.S. fall into a such a dreadful system. He said he hates socialism because it robs individuals of their full potential, weakens the family and eventually morally and financially bankrupts a society. He said energy independence and financial independence are national security issues that must be pursued, and carefully developing our natural resources will help spur our economy in our small towns, our state, our nation and even abroad. Developing our natural resources also will bring in more money for education, he said.
Herrod announced that he will not resign from the Legislature to pursue his bid for the Senate, but will remain and fulfill his duties to his constituents and to follow-through on legislation he is sponsoring – this announcement was met with a round of applause. Because legislators are barred from raising campaign money during the legislative session, Herrod said he will be running a fiscally conservative grassroots campaign, and invited all to step up and help elect him as our next US Senator from the great state of Utah.