Full Name: Kurt Wayne Santini II

Nick Names:
 

Office Sought: Governor

Party Affiliation: Republican

 

 

 

Campaign Website:
SantiniForVa.com

Phone Number:
434-841-0350

Campaign Email:
Kurt@SantiniForVa.com

 

Structured Interview Request Sent:
11 February 2021

Structured Interview Response and Date:
Yes, 20 February 2021

Vetting Panel Selected: Pending

Structured Interview Completed: Pending

Biography: Kurt Santini was born in California and grew up in a low income diverse family. At 10 years old, he moved to Florida with his grandparents due to a series of unfortunate family events. There he learned the word of God and became active within his grandparent’s church. By the age of 13 he was living with his father and step-mother. He has 4 siblings, of which he is the oldest.

​Kurt’s upbringing proved to be heavy as he was forced to grow up quickly, moving out on his own at 15 years old. He found himself working and attending high school at the same time. He eventually decided to drop out of school to work 2 jobs in order to support himself. He found purpose and pride in being a blue collar worker.

At 19, Kurt earned his GED and then joined the Army at the age of 20. Although short, during his military career, he excelled in his training and is proud to be a member of 1/75th Army Ranger special operations unit. In 2000, a parachute malfunction caused a severe spinal cord injury that left him medically unfit for duty and disabled. The estimated height from which he fell was One hundred feet and the Army said he was too “broken” to be fixed.

​Kurt received an honorable medical discharge and began his 18 year struggle with the VA healthcare system. For eighteen years Kurt went back and forth with VA doctors, congressmen, and senators, Always ending up in a big circle right back to the person or office he started with, sometimes two or three times.

Sadly, those congressional representatives and members of senate failed to make change where it was needed. After walking into the office of his congressman, he was finally connected with Operation Backbone through the secretary, who showed great concern for him, to whom, he will forever be thankful!

​Through Operation Backbone’s advanced medical pipeline, Kurt received the answers he had been looking for. In October of 2018 he received the life changing surgery he and his family had been so desperately praying for. Although the results were expected to reduce his pain from a 10 to a 7, at best, Kurt woke up from surgery absolutely pain free! Since Kurt’s surgery, he has realized that he is stronger and has hit the ground running. He has continued his efforts through operation backbone volunteering his time and helping whenever and wherever he is able, including taking several trips to D.C. to advocate for better healthcare for veterans.

Kurt met his wife Misty in 2000, with whom he has two children. Together they have battled all that life has thrown at them. Misty attended college while their children were in elementary and middle school and is now a teacher with Amherst County Public Schools. Both of their children are currently attending local colleges, their daughter is completing her last semester and their son, being a high school 2020 graduate, is about to start his first semester.

​Kurt likes spending time with his family in ways he hasn’t been able to in nearly twenty years, fishing, playing pool, going on hikes and being in nature, doing mechanical work with his son, and riding his motorcycle.

 

Why you? I am not a career politician and have no plan to become one. I am a husband, father, and a concerned citizen. I want to work with voters to repeal unconstitutional laws and fight for the constitutional freedoms the people of Virginia feel are important. Having taken the oath to the Constitution of the United States to serve my country all those years ago, the duty I felt then, has never left and I see no difference between that oath and the oath for Governorship. I will serve the Commonwealth of Virginia with humility, dignity, honor, integrity, and pride!

I served my country with pride and suffered a severe spinal cord injury that took me off my feet for 18 years. In 2018, I received a life changing surgery that the VA had told me was not needed or worth it. I still have the desire to serve. I want to represent the great people of Virginia.

What are your priorities? As Governor of Virginia, it is my top priority to restore the power to the people. I will be your representative not your dictator. I will work with voters for immediate repeal of unconstitutional laws, get term limits on the ballot, end or revise our legislators qualified immunity and restore Virginia to the people through a Constitutional review! Using the knowledge and training from my time in Ranger Battalion, I will Lead The Way making Virginia The standard for the rest of our country to follow.

Education: Tallahassee Community College

Relevant Employment History:
U.S. Army 1998-2001
Volunteer Fire Fighter
Construction Worker ( framer, flooring, remodels, roofing, windows ect.)
Auto mechanic

Military Experience / Branch / Years of Service / Rank / Type of Discharge:
U.S. Army, 98-01, E-4, Honorable

Past Offices Held and Tenure: None.

Community Service:
Volunteer Fire Fighter
Volunteer Middle School Wrestling coach
Volunteer to help anyone I can, from unemployment to clearing storm debris

Leadership Experience:
U.S. Army 1/75th Ranger Battalion

Personal Strengths: Problem solver, imagination, reasonable deduction, the ability to see through BS. and willing to listen and have conversations about all issues to find a solution.

What is the most important thing Virginians need to know about you? I dont quit, Lie or Steal. The only thing I expect to gain is all of our Freedoms.

How would your friends and family describe you? Strong, good listener, willing to admit when I am wrong, always trying to help. 

Do you believe – THE CONSTITUTION is the Law of the Land. Our individual rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; as enshrined in the Bill of Rights, serve to limit the government as intended by the Founders?

  – Yes

Do you believe – THE CONSTITUTION is the Law of the Land. Our individual rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; as enshrined in the Bill of Rights, serve to limit the government as intended by the Founders?

  – Yes  

Do you believe – RELIGIOUS LIBERTY is a cornerstone of our Constitution and must be protected as in inalienable human right?

  – Yes

Do you believe – OUR HISTORY and the associated memoria serve as guideposts in our journey as a Nation, to serve as reminders of our shared sacrifices and as warnings to future generations?

 – Yes

Do you believe – GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY is essential to maintain trust and faith with The People?

 – Yes

Do you believe – PEACE is preserved through a STRONG NATIONAL DEFENSE?

 – Yes

Do you believe – THE FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice and Fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraint must be exercised by all levels of government?

 – Yes

Do you believe – ALL LIFE IS PRECIOUS and must be protected?

 – Yes

Do you believe – THE FAMILY is the most essential and most empowering organization in our shared human existence?

 – Yes

Do you believe – ALL CITIZENS, in order to realize their fullest potential, are entitled to EQUAL RIGHTS, EQUAL JUSTICE, and EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, not equal outcomes?

 – Yes

Do you believe – THE 2ND AMENDMENT, serves to protect The People against domestic and foreign oppression and must be protected as an inalienable human right?

 – Yes

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