Candidates

During the 2012 election cycle, Allen West’s political organizations supported the following military veteran and minority candidates.

Colonel Martha McSally

Colonel Martha McSally, United States Air Force – Eighth Congressional District of Arizona

Colonel McSally is the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat, and first to command a fighter squadron in combat in United States history. Colonel McSally flew her first combat mission into Iraq to enforce the United Nations’ “no-fly zone.” She subsequently flew almost 100 combat hours on two tours to the Middle East in support of Operation Southern Watch.


Lieutenant Colonel Scott PerryLieutenant Colonel Scott Perry, United States Army National Guard – Fourth District of Pennsylvania

Lt. Col. Perry served as the Commander of the 2-104th General Support Aviation Battalion. That unit was called to service in Iraq, deploying in January 2009 and in January 2010


Lieutenant Colonel Brad WenstrupLieutenant Colonel Brad Wenstrup, United States Army and Army Reserves – Second District of Ohio

Lt. Col. Wenstrup serves in the Medical Service Corps. He deployed for a year of active duty in Iraq where he served as a Combat Surgeon with the 344th Combat Support Hospital.


Major Doug CollinsMajor Doug Collins, United States Air Force Reserve – Ninth District of Georgia

Maj. Collins is a Chaplain and served in Iraq from 2008 to 2009.  Served in the Air Force Reserves since receive commission in 2002. Presently the Wing Chaplain to Dobbins Air Force base. Previously he served in the United States Navy Reserve.


Lieutenant Commander James BridenstineLieutenant Commander James Bridenstine, United States Navy and Navy Reserve – First District of Oklahoma

LCDR Bridenstine has flown 52 combat missions into Afghanistan and Operation Southern Watch (Iraq) and Operation Iraqi Freedom. As a Navy Reservist he regularly flies counter-drug missions in Central and South America.


Lieutenant Ron DeSantisLieutenant Ron DeSantis, United States Navy and Navy Reserve – Sixth District of Florida

Lt. DeSantis is a JAG officer and he supported operations at the terrorist detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and deployed to Iraq during the 2007 troop surge as an advisor to a U.S. Navy SEAL commander in support of the SEAL mission in Iraq.


Captain Tom Cotton Captain Tom Cotton, United States Army, Fourth District of Arkansas

Captain  Cotton served as an infantryman and was deployed to Baghdad in 2006 as a platoon leader with the 101st Airborne. In Baghdad, he was responsible for a 41-man air-assault infantry platoon and planned and led daily combat patrols. He was a platoon leader at The Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery, and also serves on the front lines and deployed to eastern Afghanistan as the operations officer of a provincial reconstruction team, where he planned and resourced daily counterinsurgency and reconstruction operations for an 83-member joint and interagency team.


goodCaptain Jonathan Paton, United States Army Reserve – First District of Arizona

Captain Paton enlisted in the United States Army Reserve. And in 2000, Captain Paton was honored to be named “Soldier of the Year” for his battalion, brigade, and eventually for the entire 104th Division. Captain Paton voluntarily enlisted to serve in Iraq on the front lines as an operations officer in an intelligence unit.


Lieutenant Junior Grade Jason Plummer Lieutenant Junior Grade Jason Plummer, United States Navy Reserves – Twelfth District of Illinois

LTJG Plummer serves his country as an Intelligence Officer..


Sergeant First Class Kerry BentivolioSergeant First Class Kerry Bentivolio, United States Army National Guard – Eleventh District of Michigan

Sgt. First Class Bentivolio enlisted into the U.S. Army, serving as an infantry rifleman in Vietnam. For over 20 years he proudly served with the Michigan Army National Guard. Sgt. First Class Bentivolio served with the military police on the home front during Desert Storm and in Iraq in 2007 with an Artillery Unit in an administrative capacity


Sergeant John TavaglioneSergeant John Tavaglione, United States Army – Forty-First District of California

Sergeant Tavaglione served from 1968 to 1970 and was assigned to 6th Army G2 at Fort Ord, California, and transferred to serve with V Corps in Frankfurt, Germany.


Mia LoveMia Love, Mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah – Fourth District of Utah

In 2003 Mia Love won a seat on the Saratoga Springs City Council becoming the first female Haitian-American elected official in Utah County, Utah she took office in January 2004.After six years on the Council she was elected Mayor. Mayor Love was part of the city council that approved a transition from the agriculture tax to municipal tax. She also worked with other city council members to cut expenses, reducing the city’s shortfall during the economic downturn from $3.5 million to $779,000. Saratoga Springs now has the highest possible bond rating for a city of its size: AA+


Vernon ParkerVernon Parker, Former Mayor of Paradise Valley – Ninth District of Arizona

Vernon Parker was recently elected to serve a second term on the Paradise Valley Town Council. Parker served as Paradise Valley’s Mayor from 2008-2010.  Previously, he served as Special Assistant to President George H. W. Bush. Parker was also nominated by President George W. Bush and unanimously confirmed with bipartisan support by the United States Senate, as an Assistant Secretary at the United States Department of Agriculture.