Dear Friends, Neighbors, & Fellow Americans,

E Pluribus Unum: “Out of Many, One”

It was Abraham Lincoln who said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

This statement rings as true today, as when he first spoke those powerful words more than a century and a half ago. The divisions in our nation, and even our local communities, are more than just a little reminiscent of that era of national unease, and instability. And once again, there is no denying we are in desperate need of solutions to far-reaching problems.

We are a nation, a state, and a district of all backgrounds and beliefs. We are every language, every culture, coming from every corner of Earth. Yet, irrespective of our varying backgrounds, we are all AMERICAN, and we are all CALIFORNIANS.

It is now up to us to decide if we will carry on the path towards becoming a truly Divided States, or if we will unify, and emerge stronger than ever, as The UNITED STATES.

I am asking you to join me, as we forge onward, towards a shared mission of unity.

Our unity depends first and foremost upon our ability to safeguard and protect the values and Constitutional principles that we all share as Americans. To that end, in addition to being a trial lawyer, I have dedicated the better part of the past decade to protecting fellow Americans as a consultant and advisor to the FBI, which recruited me in 2010 to assist in matters of national security as an ally in our nation’s counter-terrorism efforts. I answered that call of duty, and a similar request to serve as an advisor and community partner with the CIA in 2015.

I continue to serve as an advisor, consultant and partner with both agencies. As an American, it is my honor, my duty, and my pleasure to serve as a first line of defense against terrorism, both foreign and domestic. I have met former President Obama on multiple occasions and have discussed the fundamental issues of national security and constitutional rights and freedoms with him. The President never failed to challenge and inspire me to continue the tireless work of protecting America, all the while upholding the Constitution. Running for Congress is my commitment to continuing that crucial work.

As a lawyer and an engineer, I am a problem solver by nature, and by trade. Driven by an unmitigated pursuit of truth and justice, I have spent the past two decades championing the cause of the innocent, the helpless and the often powerless, in a world where even some of our elected officials try to operate above the law. Running for Congress is my commitment to bringing integrity and honor to government.

Born and raised in Southern California, I earned my law degree from Loyola Law School, and received my graduate and undergraduate degrees in engineering from USC (Fight On Trojans!) Prior to college, I attended Orange County public schools. My father came to America post World War II in the 1950’s via the Queen Mary to seek a higher education and a better future. Running for Congress is my commitment to building an even greater future for our children and generations to come.

As your Congressman for the 48th District of California, my job will be to solve complex problems including: enhancing support and coordination with our local law enforcement agencies, accelerating economic growth and supporting local businesses, protecting our fragile local and global environment, and improving our public and private educational systems. In addition, enhancing and fortifying the District’s infrastructure will be of highest priority. I am ready to deliver solutions to the complex problems we face.

Running for U.S. Congress is nothing short of a spectacular honor, and I hope you will join me in a unified pursuit of protecting and improving our district, our state and our nation.

One Nation. One Destiny. United We Rise.

Omar A. Siddiqui

June 25, 2017

United We Rise

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