GREENWICH, Conn. -- A retired Navy SEAL from Greenwich is looking to take on a new battle -- this time a political one.
Greenwich native Carl Higbie, 30, is seeking the Republican nomination to run for the seat in Connecticut's 4th Congressional District, which is held by U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, a Democrat.
The 4th District extends from Bridgeport, the largest city in the state, to Greenwich and includes Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Wilton, Weston, Easton, Ridgefield, Redding, Westport and Fairfield.
Higbie is an Iraq War veteran and author of a book on the topic, "Battle on the Home Front: A Navy SEAL's Mission to Save the American Dream."
"While I was in the Navy, I published my first book, 'Battle On the Home Front' to point out our country's shortcomings and to provide a plan what we need to do to make America a better place, both today and for future generations, and it cost me my career in the Navy," Higbie said in a statement.
"So I'm taking a stand. This campaign is about solutions and doing what is right and sound for the country and my district, not money and propaganda. I am on a mission to make a difference."
As he enters the race, Higbie points out many differences he has with Himes, who has held the seat since 2008.
"The government has done nothing to turn things around or stop job losses in the district. Jim Himes claims he is 'helping the economy,' but has done very little in real terms," Higbie said.
Another candidate seeking the Republican nomination is Dan Debicella, a former state senator from Shelton.
"There's little difference between Debicella and Himes," Higbie said in a statement. "I stand for a break from what these career politicians and their agendas embody and will champion what is right for CT-4."
Higbie puts forth jobs creation and business growth as top priorities. "Government red tape and regulations are stifling business and job growth in this district. I say: if you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem," he said in a statement. "Himes is part of the problem. He offers no tangible plan or 'solutions,' while I make my positions crystal clear."
Here are Higbie's positions on some issues:
- Repeal the Affordable Care Act;
- Balance the federal budget;
- Reduce business taxes and create a flat individual income tax;
- Get rid of excess government agencies and workers; and
- Create incentives to start new businesses.
Higbie, who grew up in Greenwich, saw dozens of combat missions as a Navy SEAL. Learn more about his candidacy at his website.