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A Crestwood resident is one of the last candidates to file for the U.S. Congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Geoff Davis.
Walt Schumm, a builder/developer and real estate agent, joins six other Republicans and two Democrats vying for the seat.
Schumm is also the vice-chair of the Oldham County Board of Education. He has served on the board for 10 years.
Schumm said he believes his diverse business experience will allow him to represent his community well in Washington.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Schumm launched several start-up companies before working in real estate.
Working in the home building industry gives him a sense of pride for “providing people a home and giving them a little slice of the American dream,” he said.
As a school board member, Schumm said he has been responsible for a $110 million operating budget and $100 million of building projects.
Schumm believes his campaign platform is simple: shrink government, reduce spending, reform taxes and protect the constitution.
“What’s going on in Washington has to stop,” he said. “We can’t mortgage our children’s future to pay for what we’re doing right now.”
Schumm said he supports the Second Amendment and the right to life at conception, both issues he would defend in Congress.
He said he’s thought about running for public office before, but recently felt called by God to enter the race.
“I’ve never been moved by such a great force,” he said.
But, he said, he doesn’t want to be known as a politician — if elected, he wants to “keep one foot firmly planted in the district.”
A father of five, Schumm graduated from Penn State University. His wife, Jean, is the founder of Operation: Parent, a non-profit that provides education and support to parents of teens and pre-teens.
Schumm said the other candidates are “all fine people” that he looks forward to running against.
La Grange resident Brian Oerther joined the race in January. He is a math teacher for Jefferson County Public Schools.
Oerther describes himself as an “everyday, hard-working man” who is able to relate to those he would represent.
Other Republican candidates for the seat include: Sparta attorney Marc Carey, Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie, Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore, state Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington and Kenton County consultant Tom Wurtz.
Williamstown attorney Bill Adkins and Corinth businessman Greg Frank are running as Democrats.