Tuesday, John Castorani announced that he is running for Congress representing the First Congressional District. Castorani is a native of Fairhope.
Castorani is a native Alabamian, a U.S. Army veteran, and a former Intelligence Officer. He said in a statement that he is a proven leader and conservative who believes in the United States Constitution and protecting individual liberties.
“As a patriot, conservative, veteran and proven leader, I believe I am the best candidate to serve Alabama’s First Congressional District,” said John Castorani. “I want to fight for limited government, economic freedom, and individual liberty! I also will stand up for the Constitution and empower the next generation so that they can live their American dream.”
Castorani was raised by a single mother, grew up in Fairhope, graduated from Fairhope High School. and enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age 18. His education and training in the Army’s staff school led him to a career as an Intelligence Officer. Castorani has spent the past seven years in the Intelligence Community in Northern Virginia.
Castorani said that he believes his service with the Army and Intelligence
Community abroad has taught him the importance of listening to others. He believes the voice of the voters is what matters and will help him lead the district with dignity. He will work hard to protect the rights, morals, and values of voters.
“I will take voters’ concern and voice to Washington and work to ensure their rights under the Constitution are protected,” Castorani added.
Castorani vowed to defend an individual’s right to bear arms as outlined in the Second Amendment and said that we also need to get back to the basics and protect American values such as outlined plans to protect border security, national security, cutting the federal debt and overhauling our mandated healthcare system.
Castorani said that he believes in a bipartisan approach to addressing the problems with national security and immigration by outlining common-sense solutions.
“We should never forget the atrocities on Sept. 11 so we have to stay vigilant to fight against those who want to harm us,” Castorani said. “As a specialist in counterterrorism, I have fought terrorists all over the world and I know what it takes to protect us against harm from Al Qaeda, ISIS and other terrorist organizations. We also need to be wary of countries such as China, Iran and Russia who pose a legitimate threat against our American way of life, and that’s why we need to work together.”
He added that because Democrats have refused to address the open borders policy, Castorani wants to create a fair policy for those seeking asylum and legal entry into America by working with states to find solutions for the immigration crisis at our borders and ports of entry.
The Republican primary is March 3.
Incumbent Bradley Byrne is running for the U.S. Senate so this is an open seat.