James Announces the Nickel Promise, A Pledge to Give a Nickel of Every Campaign Dollar Raised to Charity
Livonia, MI – Former Army Captain and Detroit Businessman John James filed paperwork today to run for US Senate in 2020. James filed on the 75th anniversary of D-Day. James informed supporters that he will hold an official campaign kickoff early next year to launch the campaign.
“On the 75th anniversary of D Day, the day America stepped into the breach to free the world from tyranny, I am announcing that I will be a candidate for the US Senate next year. D Day is a reminder of what Americans can do when we put our differences aside and focus more on defeating systematic obstacles to freedom and justice than defeating each other,” said James. “When you cross the line into a combat zone, you do it for love of country, and with the knowledge that there are things greater than yourself that are worth fighting for, and even dying for.”
“While I know from firsthand experience that being a candidate for political office cannot compare with the risks one takes during combat, I do know what it’s like to put my life on the line for a sense of duty. I feel like it is my duty to use my blessings to be a blessing to others. I just want to help people and this campaign will be about helping others. The personal attacks, mischaracterizations and outright lies will come from others. But I care more about fighting for the exploited and forgotten than I fear those who will say and do anything to retain their power,” said James.
“I think that we are heading in the wrong direction as a country and I do not see the energetic, experienced and passionate leadership representing Michigan willing or able to unite our state toward a better and brighter future. I believe I can help lead Michigan toward a brighter, better future, and that’s why I am running for US Senate,” said James.
James filed paperwork with the FEC to officially run for US Senate. Earlier this year, John and his wife Liz had their third son, Christian. James will hold an official campaign kickoff early next year after filing petitions to officially be on the ballot.
“I am running because my parents taught me that service is more important than anything else. When I joined the US Army, I was repeatedly taught that service and sacrifice are the greatest achievements a person can accomplish. And my faith has taught me that service before self is of the utmost importance. So I am running for US Senate to serve,” said James.
“Today, I am filing paperwork to run for the US Senate. I am running because I want to help as many people as possible. I am running to create a brighter future. Early next year, I will hold an official campaign kickoff. This will be a different kind of campaign that focuses on how we can help others,” said James.
The Nickel Promise
James committed to giving a nickel from every dollar raised to charitable causes.
“This will be a different type of campaign. I’m going to focus my efforts on showing that we need a new generation of leadership and that we need to put off the old politics of division. I am going to donate 5% of all the money I raise in this campaign to charities that help people in need. My parents have always taught us to give back. My faith tells me to give back. I’ve been blessed and I’m going to do just that in my campaign,”
James got the idea from the old Army tradition, the Nickel Ride, where first time pilots give a nickel from the year they are born to their flight instructors.
“Elections are very expensive and sometimes candidates can lose sight of the true mission which is simply taking care of people. My grassroots army believes in service before self and one way I’ve decided to show it is by sacrificing a nickel of every hard-earned dollar invested into our campaign for charity. I promised myself that if I ever ran again, I would walk the talk and wouldn’t wait until I was elected to try and help feed the poor, care for the sick, or give veterans a hand,” said James.
A Life Devoted to Service Before Self
From the battlefield to the boardroom, John James has lived his life placing service before self. A husband, father, combat veteran, and businessman, John James believes Michigan deserves a US Senator that can get results.
At 17, John made the decision to serve his country. After graduating from West Point in 2004, he became a Ranger-qualified aviation officer. John went on to serve with distinction in Operation Iraqi Freedom where he earned a Combat Action Badge (CAB) and two Air Medals, among other awards while logging 753.7 flight hours in theater leading two Apache platoons.
After eight years of service to the nation, John James was honorably discharged and returned to Michigan to work in the family business: James Group International. As President, John James joined the family business and grew the company in Detroit.
James has also served on Governor Rick Snyder’s mobility council and Veterans Trust Committee, and Detroit Mayor Duggan’s Workforce Development Council. John James found ways to serve his community as he continued his education, raised a family, and created jobs.
In addition to his Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, John has earned a Master of Supply Chain Management and Information Systems from Penn State University and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Michigan. John is also a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
John, his wife Liz and his 3 sons reside in Farmington Hills, Michigan.