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The Art of Politics

Running to the Fire Instead of Away

Article by Roslyn Bond

Photography by Lesson Medrano

Originally published in Austin Lifestyle

We caught up with the Austinite candidate, Jeremy Bravo, who is running in the Texas’ 31st Congressional District in Williamson and Bell County with a vision of unity among all. The current political landscape, as it sits, beg the question of where our country is headed and what must a leader enact to bring clarity and rejuvenation into the precious communities of our country? We asked Mr. Bravo why he does what he does and what his views are on the current political front. This is what he had to say.

Why did you choose to be in politics and why do you want to be in congress?

Mr. Bravo: Politics was NOT a New Year’s Resolution, life goal, and my voting record is nonexistent. I was recruited, and immersed into the world of politics eventually filing to run in the Texas’ 31st Congressional District as a Democratic Candidate after being a Republican. I found out quickly that you essentially had to follow the directive of the party instead of writing your own story. I made the decision to terminate my campaign on 9/30 as a Democratic Candidate. I came to realize that persona resonated with all people. So I made the decision to refile, and sign my Declaration of Intent to run as an Independent Candidate in the same election cycle which isn’t ideally normal. I believe representing ALL people, and have built my staff which is predicated on Abraham Lincolns belief of Principle Symmetry which means having a diverse staff of Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Independents, and people that don’t identify with a party today.

Where do you see our nation going in the future?

Mr. Bravo: When I’m elected, I see a movement of people who are committed to working together for a cause bigger than any one of us stepping up to run for office. We’re unbeatable as a nation if we’re committed to working together.

What is your favorite part about being a candidate running in such a populated and popular area in Texas?

Mr. Bravo: Engaging with an incredibly diverse subset of people with different thoughts and beliefs. Personally, I do a lot more listening than talking and have learned that the Constituency has been underestimated and underserved for years.

Is capitalism a force for good?

Mr. Bravo: YES, capitalism is a force for good. It drives entrepreneurship (i.e. small business growth), a multitude of employment opportunities, and drives our economy.

Why are you choosing to run as an independent?

Mr. Bravo: To me running as an Independent is representative of ALL people versus being bound to rules predicated on traditional partisan values.

What do you plan to do for the communities that you are running for?

Mr. Bravo: I plan on working in collaboration with the constituency, state and local leaders to UNIFY our government at all levels.  

Whom do you seek advice from?

Mr. Bravo: Candidly, I learn more from the constituency more than any politician so being open to learn something new every day from every person you interact helps me pivot, and refine my messaging. So, I seek advice with humility from the people. I don’t know what I don’t know.

What makes you different than the other candidate?

Mr. Bravo: Authenticity, Genuine, and the humility to understand that I don’t have all of the answers, and the constituency should help define policy positions.

Can you describe a day in the shoes of Jeremy Bravo?

Mr. Bravo: I’m a dad. But there is no agenda to describe my life. I run to the fires instead of away from them to work on the most complex issues on the planet in order to make a positive impact on as many people’s lives as possible. That’s what drives me. Genuinely helping people.

Are there any other comments or anything significant that you would like the community of Austin to know about you?

Mr. Bravo: Be a first-rate version of yourself, not a second-rate version of anyone else. We’re all unique for a reason so we need to embrace each other’s' strengths to complement each other’s shortcomings which we ALL have.

“We the People” are the first three words of the U.S. Constitution. I believe the partisan divide has silenced the voice of the people. We have to challenge the status quo, and change the dynamics in Washington to build communities of hope, and create an ecosystem of good, and a better tomorrow for all Americans."

You can support, connect, and donate here at  www.bravoforcongress.com and/or Jeremy Bravo for Texas, P.O. Box 3758, Cedar Park, TX 78630.

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