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Ken Aden
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Arkansas, District 3
PartyDemocratic
Education
Associate'sArkansas State University
Military service
Service/branchArkansas Army National Guard
Years of service2000-2002
Personal
Place of birthPine Bluff, AR
Websites
Campaign website
Ken Aden was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House representing the 3rd Congressional District of Arkansas.[1]

Ken Aden "announced his intent to withdraw from the race for United States Congress effective at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 9, 2012." "'Mr. Aden’s campaign has, via overnight mail, submitted the necessary notification prescribed by the Arkansas Code to withdraw from the race for U.S. Congress. A copy of this notification has been provided to the Democratic Party of Arkansas as well,” said Vince Leibowitz, spokesperson for the campaign."[2]

"Aden has been quoted by media outlets saying he was a Green Beret and qualified as a special forces soldier. Recent reports have claimed that is not the case, adding he tried numerous times to become a Green Beret, but never qualified. What is not in question is that Aden did serve in the Army for more than a decade. Aden himself has maintained that his version of his military background is correct."[3]

Biography

Aden earned his AA from Arkansas State University. He served in the Arkansas Army National Guard from 2000 to 2002 and has also served in the United State Army as a Staff Sergeant.

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Aden's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[4]

  • Veterans
Excerpt: "Ken supports strengthening programs to help veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan re-enter the workforce and supports offering tax credits to businesses that hire unemployed veterans. "
  • Energy
Excerpt: "Ken believes that America must become energy independent. He believes that green and renewable energy is key to that—and that Northwest Arkansas is uniquely situated to become a leader in helping our country achieve energy independence. "
  • Education
Excerpt: "As our next member of Congress, Ken will work to ensure that the federal government is helping—not hurting—Arkansas public schools. Ken is dedicated to ensuring that the next generation of students in Northwest Arkansas has access to a first-class education system and that every child must be given the opportunity to receive a first-class education. "
  • Our Seniors
Excerpt: "Ken will oppose any attempts to privatize Medicare and Social Security—period. He believes we must honor our commitment made to senior citizens with these programs and will oppose any effort to dismantle the programs or cut benefits to existing program participants. "
  • Environment
Excerpt: "Ken believes the federal government has a vital role to play in helping preserve our natural resources and the quality of our air, soil, and water not just in Northwest Arkansas but across our nation. As our next member of Congress, Ken will work to ensure that our environment is protected while ensuring that we aren’t over-regulating small business."
  • 2nd Amendment
Excerpt: "Ken is a strong supporter of our 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Ken believes that responsible gun ownership is a right we must cherish and strive to protect."
  • Immigration Reform
Excerpt: "Ken believes that we need common sense, comprehensive, and balanced immigration reform. Ken supports immigration reform that will secure our borders and provide immigrants with a fair chance of achieving the American Dream."
  • A Woman's Right To Choose
Excerpt: "Ken fully supports a woman’s right to choose and believes efforts to hinder this right are an unacceptable intrusion into the lives of American women. Ken believes women must be provided unfettered access to reproductive healthcare and that a woman’s medical decisions should be between her, her family, and her doctor.
  • Defense & National Security
Excerpt: "Ken believes we must continue our fight against global terrorism, and increase funding for counterintelligence activities, enhanced cybersecurity efforts, and better aviation, port, and border security. "
  • Fiscal Responsibility & Cutting The Deficit
Excerpt: "Ken is a strong advocate for paying off debt and not expanding spending when times are good. However, when we have almost 13 million people in this country unemployed, it’s time to take decisive action to get the economy moving again."
  • Rebuilding Our Infrastructure
Excerpt: "Ken believes that it is long past time for Congress to take serious action to rebuild our infrastructure in Northwest Arkansas and across the country. "
  • Labor & Working Americans
Excerpt: "Ken believes that every American has a right to fair wages or an honest day’s work. He fully supports the efforts of organized labor."
  • Financial Regulation & Reform
Excerpt: "The Financial Crisis of 2008 and the subsequent recession were mostly caused by a lack of the kind of regulation that made American banks the safest in the world for almost 70 years. From the moment regulations were lifted or eliminated, banks went on a crash course to abuse consumers and take on ever larger risks"

Elections

2012

See also: Arkansas's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Aden was running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Arkansas' 3rd District. He was unopposed in the May 22 Democratic primary but withdrew prior to the general election.[5]

Campaign donors

2012

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Aden's reports.[6]

Ken Aden (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[7]April 14, 2012$530.70$27,243.50$(26,013.50)$1,760.70
Pre-Primary[8]May 9, 2012$1,760.70$1,271.72$(950.25)$2,082.17
Running totals
$28,515.22$(26,963.75)

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