Army veteran Brian Carroll announced today that he will seek a seat in the Colorado state House of Representatives. Carroll, an out gay man, served openly in Afghanistan and Iraq as part of the Army Special Forces Information Management Division, Special Operations Command. He is the first out gay servicemember to run for office since the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell.
"This is an historic day," Carroll explained, "as far as I know I am the first out Veteran and active National Guardsman in the country to officially run for office since the Repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell." Brian continued, "I am proud of the work that I did fighting alongside Mark Udall and the thousands of Service Members nationwide to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell. I will continue to fight for equality, serving my country and our great state of Colorado in the Army National Guard while exercising my right to run for public office. I look forward to a robust and energetic campaign where I will have the opportunity to engage the voters and constituents of House District 28 to hear their concerns and hopes for a better future."
After six years of active duty, Carroll joined the Colorado National Guard as part of the Special Operations group. He has also served as a Veterans Affairs Specialist for Senator Mark Udall, assisting military and veteran constituents with cases pertaining to healthcare, housing, the Department of Veterans Affairs and Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal.
It should go without saying, but the use of his military rank, job titles and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement from the Department of Defense or the U.S. Army. He's a political candidate and they stay out of that kind of thing.
I'm looking forward to watching this campaign closely.