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When I arrived in the northwest part of Congressional District 6 I was greeted by dirt, rattlesnakes and coyotes. In the 18 years that followed, I count myself blessed to have lived, worked and enjoyed our life and family in this stunningly beautiful part of Arizona.

We built our home, built a business, and raised our family here. Along the way, I’ve delivered lasting results in economic development, job creation, and education.

Over the course of my 34 years in Arizona, my deep community involvement and the ability to build strong partnerships and coalitions that deliver results makes me uniquely qualified to serve District 6 in the U.S. House of Representatives.

There are times in our lives that we must take a stand, choose wisely, and do something to create the legacy we want for our kids and grandkids. This is such a time.

Together, we will build a higher quality of life for this home we share. We will do it by fighting for education, job creation and economic development.

With your trust and investment in me, we will advance the achievement of more students like the 250,000 we support through our nonprofit work at Back to School Clothing Drive.

We will create more high paying jobs like the 3,000 we generated at USAA.

We will create powerful economic engines, just like we did with the Norterra section of our district. We will continue to create prosperous economic development by inviting businesses to bring jobs and community investment to District 6.

These are not just dreams. Together, we have the know-how to get it done and the right relationships that are indispensable to accomplishing these goals.

I began my career working for two iconic, bi-partisan Arizona leaders. I erved as a media relations intern for Governor Bruce Babbitt’s presidential campaign, and later, as a staff assistant to a man we all remember and respect, the late Senator John McCain. Through them, I saw first-hand the impact strong leadership has on people’s lives.

And you know what I learned? That it means something to place principles over politics.

I learned the power of placing duty, honor, and country above self.  I saw the results that are possible when you honor the values of hard work, transparency, and character. I carry those lessons with me to this day.

I’ve been preparing to serve you, the people of Congressional District 6, for more than three decades.

I choose principles over politics and political ambition. I have the experience it takes to get things done, here and in Washington, D.C.

This is our home, and you deserve someone that truly and faithfully represents you, the people of Congressional District 6.

My name is Karl Gentles and I ask you for your vote.

If you agree with me that it’s time we have a representative who places principles over politics, please contribute to my campaign today.