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|U.S. House, Ohio, District 2|
|High school||Traverse City High School|
|Bachelor's||Bowling Green State University|
|J.D.||Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law|
|Service/branch||United States Air Force|
|Place of birth||Detroit, Michigan|
|Profession||Air Force Veteran|
AFter graduating form Bowling Green, Kundrata was immediately commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. For the next 11 years, Kundrata flew Air Force jets, including 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.
On his campaign website, Kundrata lists ten issues that he calls his "Flight Plan." They are the following:
Fix the Economy
Kundrata said the economy is his top priority. He advocates reducing taxes and regulation, and relaxing controls.
Excerpt: "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."
Kundrata said logistics is how the economy will be fixed in local areas. In southern Ohio, said Kundrata, that means rail, major roads and highways, airports, and the Ohio river. He also advocates developing a "Military Defense, Research and Development (R&D), Technology, and Manufacturing Triangle."
Excerpt: "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.
Kundrata said he would support legislation for a constitutionally sound, structured process that would allow illegal immigrants in the country to pursue a pathway toward citizenship. But, it would need to differ from the pathway for legal immigrants.
Excerpt: "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."
Kundrata said his foreign experience would help him in Congress to eliminate barriers to global trade and traffic, and ensure access to all markets.
Exceprt: "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.
Repealing the healthcare reform bill, said Kundrata, is vital to the economy. He supports healthcare reforms that increase competition across state lines. In Ohio, Kundrata supports the expansion of the Healthcare Hub in Cincinnati.
Excerpt: "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.
Kundrata advocates the fair tax or a flat tax. Tax reform, said Kundrata, should create incentives for job creation, innovation, and for business investment.
Excerpt: "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
Kundrata supports a National Energy Efficiency Strategy to create more affordable and cleaner domestic energy. He advocates using all available resources, including hydro, wind, nuclear, solar, oil, coal and natural gas.
Excerpt: "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
Kundrata supports a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution, as a first step toward stabilizing the nation's finances. He also advocates statutory spending limits that put restraints on Congressional spending.
Excerpt: "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."
Kundrata advocates an annual audit of all programs and departments to ensure efficiency and cost control. His goal is to create a more accountable and transparent government.
Excerpt: "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"
Excerpt: "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."
According to FindTheData, in the 4th quarter of 2011, Kundrata raised $100. His campaign started 2012 with $592 cash on hand, and is more than $12,000 in debt.
|U.S. House, Ohio's 2nd Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012|
|Jean Schmidt Incumbent||42.9%||37,383|
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- ↑ Portsmouth Daily Times Kundrata announces candidacy for Congress December 30, 2011
- ↑ Official campaign website Bio December 30, 2011
- ↑ Campaign website "Issues & Viewpoints" Accessed February 18, 2012
- ↑ FindTheData "Fred Kundrata for Congress Committee - 2012 FEC House Committee" Accessed February 17, 2012
- ↑ Ohio Secretary of State "Unofficial election results," Accessed March 6, 2012