Leah Campos Schandlbauer Makes 9 Commitments to the 9th District

As we approach a primary that will decide whether Republicans will field a competitive candidate in this fall’s pivotal election, I wanted to share with you 9 commitments that I am making to Congressional District 9.

In Congress, I will:

  1. Work every day to be a voice and vote for life, economic freedom, and individual liberty
  2. Support pro-growth policies that create jobs and invigorate the economy
  3. Fight crony capitalism by ending subsidies to politically-favored businesses
  4. Vote to repeal and replace Obamacare
  5. Maintain open communication with constituents by hosting at least 12 town hall meetings every year in the 9th District
  6. Oppose all tax increases and work to reform our overly complex tax code
  7. Respond to all constituent requests and inquiries within 72 hours whenever possible
  8. Drive efforts to cut spending and add a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution
  9. Secure the border and modernize our broken federal immigration system

Too many people get elected to Congress and then seem to immediately forget why they ran for the office in the first place. I’m running to defend life, liberty, and free enterprise. Doing these things will require real spending cuts that will reduce the size of our government.

As we work toward these goals, it’s important to recognize that with our bloated federal government currently intruding into so many aspects of our lives, citizens often appeal to their representative in Congress for help navigating the bureaucratic morass. I will work everyday to provide the best possible service to my constituents. My office will be open, friendly and responsive.

These nine commitments will guide my actions while in office. As primary day approaches, I hope you will take a few minutes to talk to your friends, neighbors and family in CD 9 about this election. This district could send an Obama-supporting ally of Nancy Pelosi to Congress this fall, but with your help and your vote on August 28th, we can make sure this district is a voice and a vote for freedom.

About The Campaign
In Congress, Leah will defend our free enterprise system and work to balance the budget. She has been endorsed by Arizona Right to Life, Citizens United Conservative Victory Fund, CatholicVote.org, U.S. Representative Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (R-WI) and former ASU quarterback Andrew Walter. Congressional District 9 is a new seat that includes all of Tempe and Ahwatukee along with parts of Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Mesa, Scottsdale and Chandler.

About Leah
Leah served for more than a decade around the world as an operations officer for the CIA’s Clandestine Service. She is a graduate of Arizona State University and attended Rhodes Junior High School in Mesa and Seton Catholic High School in Chandler. Leah has four children with her husband, Alfred, a Foreign Service Officer currently serving in Afghanistan with the U.S. Department of State. A lifelong conservative and strong believer in the principles of economic liberty and limited government, Leah will be a voice and vote for freedom in Congress. For more information, please visit www.leahforcongress.com.

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Leah Campos Schandlbauer announces endorsement from former ASU Quarterback Andrew Walter

PHOENIX (July 24, 2012) – Leah Campos Schandlbauer today announced that former Arizona State University Quarterback Andrew Walter has endorsed her campaign for Arizona’s 9th District. Walter also played in the NFL for the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots.

He released the following statement:

“I am endorsing Leah because she’s a proven leader who has served our country with honor and distinction in the CIA. She has shown the capacity to remain calm and think clearly in high-pressure situations. Plus, her roots are grounded in the same community she seeks to represent,” Walter said. “It’s clear Leah possesses an unparalleled understanding of both the foreign policy and economic challenges facing our country today – as well as their solutions.

“Most importantly, Leah embodies the phrase ‘public servant,’ a quality so desperately needed in Congress, where far too many of our elected officials otherwise embrace the phrase ‘self-servant.’”

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About The Campaign
In Congress, Leah will defend our free enterprise system and work to balance the budget. She has been endorsed by Citizens United Conservative Victory Fund, U.S. Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC), and U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (R-WI). Congressional District 9 is a new seat that includes all of Tempe and Awhatukee along with parts of Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale and Chandler.

About Leah
Leah served for more than a decade around the world as an operations officer for the CIA’s National Clandestine Service. Leah is a graduate of Arizona State University and attended Rhodes Junior High School in Mesa and Chandler Seton Catholic High School. Leah and her husband, Alfred, a Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Department of State, have four children. A lifelong conservative and strong believer in the principles of economic liberty and limited government, Leah will be a voice and vote for freedom in Congress. For more information, visit: www.leahforcongress.com.

Leah Campos Schandlbauer, CD09 Candidate, on Today’s Healthcare Ruling

PHOENIX — Leah Campos Schandlbauer, Republican candidate for Arizona’s 9th Congressional District today released the following statement about the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:
“Five decades of inside-the-beltway healthcare planning have been unable to stop the runaway costs that continue to plague families and bankrupt the federal government.  Today’s Supreme Court ruling further bureacratizes our healthcare system while foisting a huge tax increase on the American people, despite President Obama’s promises to the contrary.

“Politicians who favor government control of healthcare say current problems reflect a failure of the market, but we haven’t had a truly free market for insurance and care in more than half a century. It’s impossible to effectively serve the diverse healthcare needs of more than 300 million Americans with a Washington-centric plan. I am glad that the Supreme Court placed a limit on the federal government’s meddling in healthcare via the commerce clause, but sad to see Obamacare stand under a dubious tax rationale.  It will now be up to Congress to repeal the law. The only way to truly decrease healthcare costs is by the efficiency and discipline imposed by a truly free market. I will work toward re-establish the healthcare market with the following steps:

1. Repeal Obamacare
2. Equalize the tax treatment of insurance plans purchased by individuals and businesses
3. Allow for the purchase of insurance plans across state lines
4. Limit Medicare’s dominance of the healthcare sector by giving individuals under the age of 55 the option to use their Medicare funds to purchase insurance from commercial providers
“The first step to re-establishing a genuine marketplace for health services is to stop federal meddling in healthcare.”
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About Leah:
For more than 10 years, Leah Campos Schandlbauer served worldwide as an operations officer for the CIA’s National Clandestine Service. A lifelong conservative and strong believer in the principles of economic liberty and limited government, Leah decided to pursue a different type of public service when she chose to run for Congress in Arizona’s newly-created 9th District. Leah is a graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in political science. She also attended Rhodes Junior High School in Mesa and Chandler’s Seton Catholic High School, where she ran track and played basketball. Leah and her husband, Alfred, a Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Department of State, have four children. 

For more information, visit: www.leahforcongress.com.

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Leah Campos Schandlbauer files over 1,400 signatures for CD-9 ballot

Dear Friends,

These have been incredibly fast-paced weeks here at the Leah for Congress campaign. Just this week, I was proud to officially file more than twice the required number of signatures with the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office, and I know that I could not have done it without all of you. I am so humbled by the encouragement of the many volunteers and supporters I’ve met on the campaign trail. Their energy keeps me motivated and committed to this race – and I’m convinced more than ever that I am the only candidate who can truly represent the individuals in CD-09.

Last week, Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI) traveled to our district to speak at a fundraiser on my behalf. Our guests included Dave Udall and former ASU quarterback, Andrew Walter. The next day, I traveled to Dallas, Texas where some gracious and committed conservatives hosted an event for me to garner support for my candidacy. You can imagine how humbled I was to be in a crowded room of proud Texas Republicans dedicated to getting me elected to Congress in Arizona. When I asked some in the group what compelled them to contribute to and support a candidate from Arizona, I was told that my genuine concern for country came through loud and clear when reading about my personal story of service to our nation’s security. In Arizona, just as in Texas, Americans have grown tired of politicians beholden to special interests and susceptible to crony capitalism. To get things right in this country, we need representatives with spines of steel who will be willing to take a stand against these and other wasteful and growth-crushing practices. I will be that representative for the 9th district.

Finally, in case you missed it, last week I released my first campaign video. It takes a look at my background and why I’m running for Congress. If you haven’t seen it yet, I encourage you to take a look and let me know what you think.

Since announcing my candidacy in late March, I have continued meeting with constituents in the 9th District to discuss commitment to free markets, limited government, freedom and integrity.

I also encourage you to look at my new website, www.leahforcongress.com, to learn more about me, why I want to serve in Congress, and see how you can join me on this campaign effort to get a principled American to Washington representing Arizona’s 9th Congressional District.

All the best,

Leah

About Leah:
Leah Campos Schandlbauer, 39, is a wife and mother of four who spent more than a decade serving her country abroad as an Operations Officer in the Clandestine Service of the Central Intelligence Agency. A lifelong conservative and strong believer in the principles of economic liberty and limited government, Leah decided to pursue a different type of public service when she chose to run for Congress in Arizona’s newly-created 9th district.

Leah is running for Congress because she believes there is no greater issue threatening our nation than the continued squandering of public funds on a bloated and inefficient government sector. Washington-centric policies and over-regulation are strangling small businesses and America’s entrepreneurial spirit. As a mother of four young children, Leah considers it an obligation to do all she can to fix these problems now, so future generations won’t have to pay for Washington’s irresponsibility.

Leah graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in political science and earned a Master of Public and International Affairs degree at the University of Pittsburgh. She also attended Rhodes Jr. High School and Seton Catholic High School, where she ran track and played basketball.

Learn more at www.leahforcongress.com

CD-9 Leah Campos-Schandlbauer releases new ad: A New Call

Leah introduces herself and describes why she is running for Congress.

Leah Campos Schandlbauer: Mother of Four, CIA Operations Officer Declares for Congress in District 9

March 26, 2012 – Phoenix — Leah Campos Schandlbauer, a mother of four, former operations officer in the Central Intelligence Agency and an emerging Hispanic leader in the Arizona Republican Party, today announced her candidacy for the newly-drawn 9th Congressional District.

Campos Schandlbauer, a conservative Republican, said she will ground her campaign in an unreserved defense of free markets, limited government and the vision of our founders for a great nation committed to freedom and integrity at home and abroad.

“The America and the Arizona in which I grew up are under assault, not only from without, but from within,” she said. “I am responding in the best way that one can in our country — stand up, step out and tell the people the truth.”

To make the race Campos Schandlbauer recently resigned her post at the CIA, after more than a decade in the National Clandestine Service, serving in nations around the world. “I am proud of my service in the intelligence community,” she said, “and I loved the work, my colleagues and the honor of serving my country. But I have come to see the Congress as the most important theater of engagement for ensuring American recovery. Everything else will turn on what happens there.”

Campos Schandlbauer is the daughter of Maria dal Pilar and Miguel Campos, who raised their four children at Air Force bases across Miguel’s nearly 30-year military career, including Williams AFB in the east Valley. Leah attended Rhodes Jr High and Seton Catholic High School, where she ran track and played basketball, before graduating from ASU in political science and taking her Masters degree in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.

Leah and her husband Alfred, a career Foreign Service Officer, are proud parents of their own four children, Christian, Isabela, Soledad and Xavier. A fuller biographical page is included with this media advisory.

The campaign website is www.leahforcongress.com. In the weeks ahead Campos Schandlbauer will be initiating her conversation with voters across the district through a range of media and through direct contact.

“I have spent my professional life thinking about and working around the world for the security of our country and our way of life, and I can tell my fellow Arizonans something in all confidence: Without freedom, security is an illusion. It has been correctly said that a government big enough to give you everything you want is powerful enough to take away everything you have.”

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