Greensboro trucker, a Democrat, hopes the road leads to Washington in bid for 6th Congressional District seat
The 64-year-old Greensboro resident filed this week as a Democratic candidate for North Carolina’s 6th Congressional District seat now held by U.S. Rep. Mark Walker (R-Greensboro), who plans to run for re-election.
Wong said his decision was inspired by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and the Vermont independent’s 2016 presidential bid.
“When he lost in the primaries to Hillary Clinton, that’s when I decided to run,” said Wong, noting that he had been moved greatly by Sanders’ campaign speech at the Greensboro Coliseum two years ago and by seeing what enthusiasm Sanders generated among younger progressive voters.
“They really couldn’t articulate a reason, but his message got through to them,” he said. “I want to move that political needle back to the left. It’s been moving away from the left ever since Reagan, and it’s time to move it back.”
He was referring to President Ronald Reagan, who took office in 1981. READ MORE
primary-US House 6: Gerald Wong (D)
Mar 27, 2018
Profession: Owner/operator trucking business
Highest degree earned: 1 year of college, Green River Community College, Auburn, Washington
Leadership experience: I have been placed in leader positions from a very young age with troubled teens at the Department of Forestry in Washington state. Attaining the rank of Specialist 5 in the U.S. Army, running and operating a very demanding business.
Civic involvement: Civic involvement is limited to donating funds to causes I believe in as my life choices until now have not allowed for active participation.
What experience qualifies you to serve in Congress? I have been following politics for over 30 years and have a strong understanding of our political system. READ MORE