Before Chamberlin officially hits the campaign trail, he sat down with The Florida Report to discuss his background, career improving businesses, and why he's running for CD3. Here's what he had to say:
Q: For the people who may not know you, who is Ryan Chamberlin?
A: I’m an Author, Speaker, and Consultant based in Marion County, Florida, but serving businesses and CEOs nationwide. For the past 20 years, I have worked with thousands of entrepreneurs, assisting them in growing their influence and profitability through focused strategies of leadership, improved productivity and by revolutionizing their marketing strategies and corporate cultures. I worked with Success Magazine, speak regularly at national conferences, and was featured recently at the Marion County TEDX Ocala as a guest speaker. In 2010, I authored my first book titled Now You Know, a book to help entrepreneurs build better teams through common sense principles that focus on growth. I authored an entrepreneur’s story, The Mentor, with Frank Viscuso, best-selling author and former New Jersey Fire Chief. In addition, I had the privilege of writing a book with the late relationship expert Gary Smalley titled The Rich You Formula, and recently co-wrote a book with Tony Jeary, coach to the world’s top CEOs. The Rich You Formula was endorsed by former governor and Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.
Q: You’re a staunch conservative. In your opinion, what does it mean to be a conservative in 2020?
A: I don’t think that the definition of being a conservative ever changes. We have a high view of the constitution, a high view of the concept of limited government, and a desire to always err on the side of protecting our liberty.
Q: What made you want to run for Florida’s 3rd Congressional District?
A: Congress is dysfunctional and too focused on doing favors to get anything done. We are $22 Trillion in debt, our border still isn’t secure, and our values are under attack by the radical left. I am running for Congress because I see a need for principled leadership, and I am motivated by my four sons and my concern for the future they will inherit from us. We cannot let the next generation down. America is worth fighting for.
Q: You’re obviously a pro-business, limited government candidate. What is the biggest issue facing small businesses in Florida?
A: One of the major obstacles to job growth and the prosperity of our businesses at every level is the federal government. Taxation, regulation, and the uncertainty created by intrusive government agencies are choking our ability to succeed. We elected President Trump and under his leadership, Congress passed tax cuts and regulatory reforms. However, there is still much to be done, and I would like to use my business experience to bring long-term prosperity to America, long after President Trump is no longer President.
Q: You’re also a fervent Trump supporter. What do you like most about him, and will you be voting for him in 2020?
A: I like President Trump because he is a fighter and won’t take no for an answer. His spirit of defiance in the face of attacks from the American left has earned him his respect and following. I will be voting for him in 2020.
Q: What issues are most important to you, and what will be the foundation of your platform?
A: I will introduce major tax reform. Our current tax system is legalized theft, and our small businesses need to be protected from the bureaucrats in Washington.
I will call for serious spending reform. Over $22 Trillion in debt has now become the number one national security threat to our nation.
I will push to finally secure our border, and financial resources must be reallocated from intra-agency slush funds to border security. Our economy cannot thrive if we live in fear and subject to national security threats coming across our border. In addition, I will work to secure our digital border by recognizing and answering the threat of Chinese cyber-attacks on our infrastructure.
Finally, I will stand with President Trump and fight for conservative judges who will recognize the sanctity of our constitution and rule justly in favor of our second amendment and our right to life. We must also continue to work to safeguard our religious liberty from attacks from the radical left.
Q: When it comes to candidates, you’re a bit of an anomaly. Unlike most people who are career politicians, your background consists of helping businesses thrive — both internally and externally. Do you think it’s important to have more candidates like this in our political process?
A: Yes. People are tired of career politicians, and no one believes that you can uncorrupt the Washington establishment. You have to tear it down. In the spirit of Ted Yoho, I am a conservative outsider without any political favors owed and no desire to become a swamp dweller. But as a businessman, I also don’t want to just talk, I want to deliver results. We have to rally the troops and actually accomplish our agenda. That kind of energy and teamwork is what I believe I can bring to the table.
Q: Who are some of your heroes?
A: My political heroes are Washington and Reagan. But I have met so many people in my business who are heroes because they get up and go to work every day, provide for their family, take care of their employees, and don’t ask for a thing. Those are the unsung heroes of America. Of course, I have to mention my wife Jenny who is a fellow entrepreneur and the mother of our 4 boys. There is a diminishing respect for motherhood in our culture, and it needs to be celebrated.
Q: You’re friends with some of the state’s best conservatives. Who are some of the top Republican leaders in the state?
A: Governor Ron DeSantis and former Governor and now Senator Rick Scott are conservatives who have taken a strong role in leading us forward. With that being said, I have a lot of respect for conservatives like Rep. Stan McClain and Sen. Dennis Baxley, who consistently take a stand on constitutional issues. One often forgotten hero is Marion Hammer, the head of Florida’s NRA.
Q: What’s the biggest issuing facing Florida right now?
A: The biggest root issue facing Florida right now is a result of our great success: population growth. That is what is fueling our transportation and water conservation issues, but by applying principles learned in the free market, we will solve these problems and preserve our quality of life for everyone.
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