FOR RELEASE JUNE 11, 2012
Mark Donka to Take On Welch in Upcoming Congressional Race
Hartford, Vermont (June 11, 2012) – Standing in front of the Vermont Secretary of State’s office, Mark Donka, a veteran police officer of 28 years, announced to a crowd of reporters that he is entering the race for the US House of Representatives, a position currently held by incumbent Peter Welch.„Most elections are won or lost on the amount of money spent. We need to believe our Federal government has lost contact with us, the working class, says Donka.
Although Donka supports the basic values of the Republican party, he believes that Republicans have strayed from their original platform of smaller government, and of protecting religious, political, and economic liberties. I want to be a catalyst for change to bring us back to our roots, says Donka. He plans to tackle issues that impact Vermonters – issues such as high unemployment, soaring gas prices, and tax rates that burden the backbone of this nation – the middle class.„We need to solve the problem of long term unemployment. With this number now up to seven million, from one million in 2007, one of my highest priorities is creating good paying jobs that put Americans back to work.
Born in New Jersey, Donka moved to Vermont in 1980, living in Windsor and then Weathersfield before settling down in Hartford in 1993. Married for 30 years, he and his wife Betsy have two grown daughters and a grandson. Donka has trained at the Vermont and New Hampshire police academies, and graduated from the FBI National Academy, an honor reserved for only 0.5% of all law enforcement personal worldwide. His advanced leadership skills, learned and developed over the last 28 years as a law enforcement officer, will allow him to lead a bipartisan movement and bring change to Congress. As a US Congressman, I want to put my training and experience to work to protect the Constitution and secure our country’s fiscal future.
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