I write to you today with mixed emotions. As you have probably heard by now, on Tuesday, I announced my decision to seek reelection in the new proposed 18th Congressional District.
It was not an easy decision, and one I reached only after much reflection, prayer and consultation with family, friends and supporters like you.
Representing the people of the 22nd Congressional District has been among the highest honors of my life. I am honored by the trust that voters have placed in me this past year. I am truly humbled by the generosity and support of thousands of Floridians, and Americans, who have knocked doors, made phone calls, and donated their hard-earned dollars to our campaigns over the past four years.
After a career serving my fellow citizens and defending our Constitution, and our God-given rights, from foreign aggression, I returned home and was confronted by the grave extent to which economic liberty and opportunity, gifts that have traditionally been the birthright of every American, were under attack.
From 2008 to 2010, the forces of bigger government, higher taxes, and unsustainable spending were on the march. In just two short years, the results of this failed ideology–crippling debt, record unemployment, and a foreclosure crisis–had become evident in South Florida.
These ills only strengthened my resolve to make a difference and you stood with me just as you did in 2008. Your dedication in 2010 sent me to Capitol Hill to begin turning things around.
Every week, I go to our Nation’s Capital to be your representative in the People’s House – the United States House of Representatives. I go to Capitol Hill to be your voice. I go as a servant to all South Floridians. I am working to protect your life, your liberty and your pursuit of happiness—a pursuit that is solely up to you as a free individual.
I have never wavered from our vision; to work to create jobs, restrain Federal Government spending, reduce America’s ever increasing national debt, and provide for a strong national defense to ensure a safer and more prosperous future for our children and grandchildren.
On Election night 2010, I promised: “I am going to fix the problems in Washington, D.C. and then I am coming home.” Unfortunately, a cynical, politicized redistricting process wrought with cronyisms and nefarious in intent, sought to ensure I would not be able to keep that promise.
While I will miss the opportunity to represent all of the people of Florida’s 22nd Congressional District, in the interest of keeping my promise and fixing the problems in our Nation’s Capital, I have decided the best course of action is to run in Florida’s new 18th Congressional District, which covers northern Palm Beach County and all of Martin and St. Lucie Counties.
Regardless of the district lines, I will never forget your help and support. I will never forget all the great Americans I have met on the campaign trail and as your Congressman. This experience has only strengthened my conviction in the goodness of Floridians and the greatness of America. As long as the people of South Florida allow me to serve, I will be South Florida’s Congressman and I will be your Congressional Representative.
You will always be able to turn to me for help, and your voice will continue to be my voice. My voice will continue to be one for the restoration of Constitutional principles for our Republic, and it will continue to resonate throughout Florida and Capitol Hill.
I look forward to continuing to work with you and serve you in the battle ahead.
Steadfast and Loyal,
LTC(R) Allen B. West
Member of Congress