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A VERY SPECIAL
MESSAGE FROM PAUL
I love this country. I am honored to have served and fought for our nation as a naval aviator defending our Democracy in battle during multiple combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan and leading Close Air Support missions in support of U.S. and NATO ground forces. I’ve always felt a call to service. Even after flying over Iraq and Afghanistan, I knew there was more to do, so I volunteered for an additional tour of duty that would put me on the ground in Afghanistan. Colleagues said I was nuts, but I volunteered to go back again because I had more to give. Serving this country in uniform has been a great honor and privilege of my life, but it’s just one part of my story and just one thing that motivates me to continue serving.
Landing a fighter jet going hundreds of miles an hour on the pitching deck of an aircraft carrier is hard, but from what I see, making ends meet for seniors and working families in Bucks County is getting just as hard. I want to go to Congress and fight for people who work for a living, and for older Pennsylvanians trying to get by on a fixed income.
As the husband of a fellow veteran and the father of three children, I’m motivated to serve in support of families because I know firsthand how challenging it can be to raise a family in today’s world. It’s not enough for people in Congress to just talk about family values, we need policies that provide more support and flexibility to parents and caregivers.
I’m motivated to continue the fight for affordable and accessible health care because I know firsthand the challenges and failures of our health care system: both my wife and son manage the difficulties of Type-1 Diabetes every day. I’ve sat on the phone with insurance companies trying to navigate my son’s treatment and thought to myself, “how would I do this if I wasn’t able to take time off from work to handle it? There’s got to be a better way.” I worry that our child, and many others with pre-existing conditions, will have to face unfair financial burdens and limited opportunities. In Congress, I’ll fight for every American’s right to quality, affordable, and accessible health care because no one should have to spend hours on the phone with their insurance company to obtain life-saving medication or go bankrupt because of illness or injury.
And as a leader of a small technology company, I’m motivated to fight for small business because I know from my personal experience how difficult it is to run a small business in today’s economic environment. I’ve personally dealt with the challenges of foreign competition, supply chain vulnerabilities, maintaining a skilled workforce, and the benefits and barriers created by government policy. It’s one thing to learn about these issues from reports, it’s another to live them. My direct experience gives me a perspective, insight, and level of empathy for small business leaders that few in Congress can claim.
Above all, I’m motivated to continue serving because our government today is desperate for principled leaders.
As a Navy fighter pilot, I learned the importance of maintaining orientation: orientation of my aircraft, orientation to friendly and enemy forces, to civilians and civilian infrastructure, and to the broader strategic objectives that may be impacted by my actions. All of those critical factors drove my decision-making in combat because losing orientation to any one of them could change the course of a battle or even the war.
Too many in our political class have lost their orientation towards common American priorities, and the consequences are just as real. Healthcare, education, social security, equality, immigration, gun violence, voting rights, and climate change should be substantive policy discussions aimed at finding a solution. Instead, we’re debating these issues on the basis of party affiliation and evidence-free conspiracy theories.
Like many of you, I sat glued to my television on January 6th — first with a sense of outrage, then sadness. That sadness turned into something more as I saw official after official deny what I watched with my own eyes. I realized that too many in our political class lack the character to take a stand against actions and rhetoric that are antithetical to our Democracy, regardless of party affiliation, and once again I felt the call to serve.
The inflection points we’re now experiencing signify a crisis of our Democracy, but they also present opportunities to reimagine our potential. Our current political leadership has failed to meet the moment. I believe we can do better. I believe we must do better. Congress needs people with practical, real-world, relatable experience like I have to change the culture of our Democracy. The right kind of leadership can reorient the debate and renew focus on solutions. Principled leaders who put service to others and country before themselves. Leaders who have the courage to set big goals and accept accountability.
Too many Americans have given up on a government they don’t believe can work. With a new era of leaders and a new kind of leadership, I believe that it can, and I’m ready to do my part. I hope you will join me.
Paul Fermo knows what it’s like to lead with American values in the toughest, most uncertain times. For 20 years, Paul served as a naval aviator flying the F/A-18C “Hornet” and F/A-18E/F “Super Hornet” aircraft, launching from U.S. aircraft carriers on combat missions during multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also volunteered for additional combat duty on the ground in Afghanistan, serving as a NATO ISAF Advisor embedded with Afghan National Security Forces. He also served in senior strategic roles in the Pentagon as a member of the staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he advised the Department of Defense’s most senior leaders on future tactical aviation and maritime warfighting requirements. Whether he was upside down in the clouds on a mission for our country or sitting on dirt floors negotiating with local Afghan leaders, Paul Fermo always knew how to find his North Star: America.
Paul grew up in a solidly middle-class family. His mother was a schoolteacher, his father a career military officer who served for 36 years in uniform. Together they instilled in him the value of education, determination, and the importance of serving something bigger than himself.
Serving as a naval aviator taught Paul never to ignore a problem, even if it wasn’t directly his; to take responsibility and to be accountable to his country, his mission, and his troops. Paul Fermo is running for Congress because Bucks County and Southeastern Pennsylvania need principled leaders who show up and put service to others and country before themselves. Leaders who have the courage to set big goals and accept accountability. He is ready to usher in a new era of leadership that restores Americans’ faith in our government and each other.
Paul is the right person to lead on the toughest issues Pennsylvanians care about. He’s dealt with the frustration and anxiety of skyrocketing healthcare costs, taking on insurance companies and drug companies who charged an arm and a leg for the insulin that his wife and son with Type-1 Diabetes need. He knows how difficult it is for veterans to transition from military to civilian life: it’s why he started his nonprofit, Jump Point, to support veterans with the knowledge and confidence to set them on successful paths to new careers. And as a small business leader, he understands the issues of small business owners. Paul is also the grandson of an undocumented Italian immigrant who arrived in the U.S. with only a fourth-grade education eventually becoming a proud U.S. naturalized citizen and a successful small business owner with a dream of building a better life for his family. Paul knows that immigration isn’t a political issue to be dealt with, it’s a vital part of what makes America so extraordinary.
Paul met his wife, Debbie, a Bucks County native, in Navy flight school where she was training to be one of the first women to serve in a combat aviation role after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy. After leaving the military, Paul and Debbie came back home to Bucks County to raise their three kids: Ellie, Jack, and Anna. Paul began working at a global management consulting firm, then accepted an executive role in a small technology company where he is responsible for the company’s business development. Paul earned an MBA from the prestigious Sloan School of Management at MIT as well as a Masters Degree with distinction from the National Defense University in National Security Studies and Resource Allocation. He holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida.
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