Norfolk, Virginia (PRWEB) May 05, 2014
Justin Gandino-Saadein is pleased to announce his candidacy for the United States House of Representatives. Gandino-Saadein will be running as an Independent in the 3rd District of the Commonwealth of Virginia – the seat currently held by Democrat Bobby Scott.
His immediate goal, if elected, is to raise the minimum wage, reduce taxes on small business owners and improve medical care and other vital services for military veterans. Gandino-Saadein possesses the strong independent and entrepreneurial values Congress sorely needs.
Minimum wage has not kept pace with economic productivity and the cost of living nationwide. It has meant a reduced standard of living for many Virginia residents. The only solution, according to Gandino-Saadein is to take active steps to increase wages so it will raise the standard of living for working class families and individuals.
“We are doing our constituents of Virginia’s third district a disservice by not diligently working to improve wages,” Gandino-Saadein said. “Americans deserve the opportunity to maintain an appropriate, independent standard of living in exchange for gainful employment.”
Gandino-Saadein noted that a recent study done by the Center for Economic and Policy Researcher (CEPR) revealed 40 percent of Americans now make less money with minimum wage than in 1968 when adjusted for inflation. Had the minimum wage kept pace with gains in economic production, it would equal $16.54 per hour in 2014.
One way to make an increased minimum wage work, Gandino-Saadein believes, is to reduce corporate tax burden on small business owners at the same time. This will make it easier to reinvest capital into local economies. Added capital will in turn spur greater economic growth and raise the standard of living for working class families.
If anyone understands which actions make the most economic sense, it is Gandino-Saadein. He founded BoldAmp Media, an innovative digital media firm based in downtown Norfolk, in 2013. BoldAmp Media specialized in working with businesses and non-profit agencies in branding, search engine optimization, web design, online portals, and web marketing.
Gandino-Saadein can also draw on experience from a decade of service in the United States Marine Corps for a model on stimulating economic growth. He acted as project manager for Japan's International Friendship Day air show in 2011, overseeing 600 military personnel. Under Gandino-Saadein's management, spending decreased by 50 percent and the air show raised $24 million in revenue.
As a military veteran, Gandino-Saadein is attuned to the needs of veterans. He is committed to fighting reductions in their pay and benefits. Developing new innovative ways to use the nation's military equipment and infrastructure is his goal for reducing spending rather than putting veterans and their families on the fiscal chopping block.
"It continues to surprise me how leaders choose to hurt the very individuals that dedicate their lives to this country," Gandino-Saadein said.
Gandino-Saadein believes strongly in supporting those who fight for this nation because it is the right thing to do and the only thing that should be done. This means keeping benefits and pay intact. It also means making medical care and other important services for disabled and homeless veterans an essential priority.