Kendall Qualls Announces Bid for Congress
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: Gregg Peppin – 612.209.9351
U.S. Army Veteran and Healthcare Exec to Challenge Dean Phillips in MN 03
Plymouth, Minnesota – Kendall Qualls, a U.S. Army Veteran, healthcare executive, and community volunteer, today announced his candidacy for Congress in Minnesota’s Third Congressional District. Qualls is seeking Republican endorsement to challenge first term DFL incumbent Dean Phillips.
“Voters of all political persuasions understand that our current politicians are failing our nation with partisan game-playing and election-year gimmicks. They say one thing during the campaign but immediately throw their promises out the window once they get to Washington,” said Qualls.
During his campaign, Phillips promised voters he would “change Washington” and seek new leaders in Congress, but within minutes of being sworn in, he bowed to his party bosses and voted for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker.
“I’m not concerned with whom Phillips votes for, but I am concerned with his dishonesty to voters. That’s not ‘changing Washington.’ That’s the textbook definition of Washington. Political talk is cheap,” commented Qualls.
“I believe it’s time for dedicated leaders from outside the world of politics to step forward, propose bold solutions, and compromise when necessary to effectively address the challenges facing our country,” said Qualls.
Qualls was one of five children of a single mother and grew up in Harlem, NY, in the late 1960s at a time when drugs, gangs and crime ravaged the city. Several years later, he moved to Oklahoma with his father, who was a soldier in the Army, and lived in a trailer park.
After graduating from high school, Qualls paid his way through state college by working full time delivering pizzas and serving in the Army Reserves. He went on active duty as an Artillery Officer where he honed his leadership skills.
Currently employed as Executive Vice President of a healthcare IT startup, Qualls has earned MA and MBA degrees from the University of Oklahoma and the University of Michigan, respectively. Qualls earned his undergraduate degree from Cameron University.
Because of the recollections of despair and uncertainty of his early childhood, Qualls is passionate about helping single mothers and fatherless children. He’s been actively involved in programs to help children from broken homes, including serving as a Big Brothers/Big Sisters volunteer, serving on the Board of Colorado Uplift, a program helping inner-city children in Denver, and serving as a mentor at Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge.
Qualls and his wife Sheila have been married 33 years and have five children.
“America is still an exceptional place, full of potential. It’s a place where a poor black kid from Harlem who was called ‘trailer trash’ can raise a family, pursue a successful career and give back to his community. That’s a place we can all be proud of. Living this American dream has motivated me to serve the people of the Third Congressional District in Congress,” Qualls stated.
# # #