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Fred Kundrata
Fred Kundrata.jpg
Former candidate for
U.S. House, Ohio, District 1
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolTraverse City High School
Bachelor'sBowling Green State University
J.D.Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Place of birthDetroit, Michigan
ProfessionAir Force Veteran
Campaign website
Fred Kundrata campaign logo
Fred Kundrata was a 2014 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Ohio.[1] He was defeated by incumbent Steve Chabot (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2]

Kundrata was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 2nd Congressional District of Ohio. He lost in the primary election.[3]


After graduating from Bowling Green University, Kundrata was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. For the next 11 years, Kundrata flew Air Force jets, including engagements in the Gulf War and Kosovo War. In 2000, Kundrata transitioned from active duty to serving at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, and then the Pentagon. He retired from the Air Force in 2011.[4]


Campaign themes


Kundrata listed the following issues on his campaign website:[5]

  • Fix the Economy: "The economy is in a stalled condition. As a pilot, I know if you are in a stall you do not 'tighten' the controls, but you need to ease off and relax the controls to bring the plane out of the stall...Therefore, common sense relaxed controls need to be implemented…and immediately! We must act fast because in any stall, eventually, if unrecovered, we hit the ground."
  • Logistics: "Each sector of our strong logistical family of systems will be harnessed together to build our local economy and bring more business to job creators which in turn means more jobs and a better life for all in southern Ohio...The goal is to combine our strengths of R&D, manufacturing, and a ready and capable work force to create a unique group from which jobs and opportunities will flourish as we become a hub of defense sector work, helping to make America stand strong forever."
  • Immigration Reform: "The goal of immigration reform should be to keep families intact, and to uphold American ideals of civil rights as an example to the rest of the world. Coupled with these goals, we should also recognize that common sense and compassionate immigration reform offers enormous potential to strengthen our economy and workforce."
  • Global Outlook: "Global Business Initiatives must be pursued. I have had the opportunity to connect with people in over 60 countries and cultures all over the world. I would influence my global contacts to take advantage of the unique opportunities available to them here in Ohio, and thus build our local economy into a global business environment."
  • Healthcare Reform: "Reform should allow small businesses to pool together their employee health plans in order to enjoy the same economy of scale enjoyed by large corporations for managing employee health costs. This portability allows small business the reassurance that health care costs for their employees will not be as crippling on their budget as it is today, thus allowing their budgets to add more employees and lowering our staggering unemployment rate."
  • Tax Reform: "Restructuring the entire tax code will be a great beginning toward a fair tax system to boost America’s confidence in a tax foundation that is transparent, credible, and accountable. This effort should start with eliminating as many tax loopholes as possible, on both the personal and the corporate level."
  • Power America's Economy: "Through the use of state of the art technology that ensures environmentally safe energy production and shipping we can bring outstanding jobs and opportunities to this area and energy to the rest of the world."
  • Live Within Our Means: "Finally, cut spending to immediately reduce our nation’s debt and deficits with all programs scrutinized for efficiency opportunities to eliminate wasteful spending. Entitlement reform is a key objective of living within our means."
  • Accountability: "Hold all government officials and politicians accountable to the people under all aspects of legislative and regulatory activity that they impose on our economy such as a balanced budget, passing bills that grow our economy, and requiring that new programs and initiatives pass a cost/benefit analysis."
  • "Never Give Up": "We must have a common goal and be prepared to work together, sacrifice together, and excel together as a community until we have secured America and Ohio’s 2nd District as a shining example to the rest of the world for business and job growth."



See also: Ohio's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Kundrata ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Ohio's 1st District. Kundrata won the Democratic nomination in the primary on May 6, 2014. He lost to incumbent Steve Chabot (R) in the general election.[2] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Ohio District 1 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Chabot Incumbent 63.2% 124,779
     Democratic Fred Kundrata 36.8% 72,604
Total Votes 197,383
Source: Ohio Secretary of State
U.S. House, Ohio District 1 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngFred Kundrata 55.9% 7,369
Jim Prues 44.1% 5,814
Total Votes 13,183
Source: Ohio Secretary of State, Official Election Results


See also: Ohio's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Kundrata ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Ohio's 2nd District. Kundrata lost to Brad Wenstrup in the primary on March 6, 2012.[6]

U.S. House, Ohio District 2 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrad Wenstrup 48.7% 42,482
Jean Schmidt Incumbent 42.9% 37,383
Fred Kundrata 3.4% 2,999
Tony Brush 4.9% 4,275
Joe Green 0% 29
Total Votes 87,168

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Kundrata's reports.[7]

Fred Kundrata (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[8]April 25, 2014$0.00$16,221.43$(9,405.82)$6,815.61
Running totals


According to FindTheData, in the fourth quarter of 2011, Kundrata raised $100. His campaign started 2012 with $592 cash on hand and was more than $12,000 in debt.[9]

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