These were some of the points former CIA
officer and Congressional candidate Will Hurd
made during a visit to UTSA
The event was hosted by the College Republicans
, an on-campus organization aimed to create increased political awareness and understanding.
Before deciding to run for Congress in the 23rd district of Texas, Hurd was an operations officer in the CIA where he was responsible for collecting foreign intelligence for the President and government policymakers.
has had the opportunity to live and work on the frontlines of several countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.
After nine years in the agency, he
made the difficult decision of resigning so that he
could run for a seat in the House of Representatives
When asked why he
decided to run for Congress, Hurd
said, "Frankly, I am disappointed with the caliber of our politicians.
statement with a personal anecdote.
During a debriefing in the CIA
was seated next to one of the senior government officials who was responsible for heading the meeting.
The official was in charge of important decision-making and several operations in Afghanistan.
recalled that halfway through the meeting, the official turned to him and asked Hurd
to remind him of the difference between the Shia's and the Sunni's.
"I laughed, because I thought he
was joking at first - but he
was dead serious," Hurd
believes that his
experience overseas and in D.C. politics gives him a fresh and unique perspective on the problems facing the nation.
stated that one of his
strengths is his
strong grasp of America's national security issues, and also local issues, with realistic solutions to the border and drug cartel problems.
"The last decade with the CIA
has been incredibly exciting, and I've gained an insight into how our government functions and the impact that our congressmen have on our society through determining how our tax dollars are spent to establishing the particulars of our foreign policy," Hurd
thanked the students who came to the event.
encourages students to "get involved in campus issues and join a campus organization that is active in politics.
Hurd graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in computer science.
During college, he
served as the Student Body
President, which gave him invaluable skills that he
is now applying to his
believes that involvement in college brings about change in the community.
Kristina Henbest, freshman anthropology major and the chair of university advancement committee of student government, attended the event and had a chance to meet Hurd
"I think it's wonderful that Will Hurd
has taken the time to come and speak at UTSA
Although I didn't agree with all of his
has my vote.
Most politicians don't bother to listen to what college students have to say.
It means a lot to know that he
will be running against Republican candidates Francisco Quico Canseco and Dr. Robert C. Lowry in the March 3 primary.