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Who am I? Currently, I am serving as the Burgess (Mayor) of Woodsboro, MD. I was raised in a small farming community in Southwest Missouri, the grandson of two United States Army Veterans, one who was also a dairy farmer and the other a special education teacher after they left service. I attribute my work ethic and perseverance to those two men. I settled in Woodsboro, MD several years ago after my company relocated me here, and after meeting my spouse who is a Woodsboro native stemming back many generations. I am the oldest of 5 siblings and often can be heard talking about my 9 nephews and nieces who are my biggest pride and joy. I am particularly proud of my 19-year-old nephew who is currently serving in the United States Marine Corps. Family is very important to me, which is one of the main reasons I am running for this office. I want to do my part to make this country and state an even better place for them to live and raise their families as well as for all your families.

Our economy is hurting by the inflation that is being caused by the policies of this administration. More people than ever are having to work a second job just to make ends meet. This has a trickle-down effect it means children are raising themselves oftentimes as parents are having to work even more to make ends meet. I can relate to this. At the age of 16, I found myself living on my own after my parents divorced. I helped to guide my younger siblings while still finishing High School and working. At the age of 22, I was managing a Burger King and decided to put myself through college. I did it on my own with student loans that I am paying off myself. My biggest struggle came at the end of 2007 when I was completing my degree and could not afford to re-sign my lease. I spent the last three weeks living in my truck to finish my degree. Since then, I also put myself through two master’s degrees. This has helped me to have a great career and I have worked in Human Resources for the last 15 years for a large company. I say all of this because I know where people are at. I wasn’t born financially independent, not that there is anything wrong with that, but I know what it’s like to work hard and be on the bottom. America is the country of opportunity, and I am proof that the American Dream is real. As Burgess ( Mayor) of Woodsboro, I have been able to bring almost 1.5 million dollars of my constituent's tax dollars back to better the town. I have done that without raising taxes in any of the 3 years that I have been in office. In Woodsboro, I am an active member of the Woodsboro Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Woodsboro American Legion where I am a member of the Sons of the American Legion chapter, The Woodsboro Volunteer Fire Department, The Glade Valley Lions Club, and I am a member of the Frederick County Farm Bureau. Community and family are very important, and I try to give back as often as I can through these organizations. Although I never had any plans to run for office I have always volunteered and been involved behind the scenes, from my first experience of being the President of my college Republican group and volunteering on both of Governor Bobby Jindal’s campaigns in Louisiana to being involved and volunteering in many local, state, and federal campaigns since. In the 2020 Presidential election, I knocked on thousands of doors trying to get Republicans elected. I cannot sit idly by and not do my part to help save America from the route it is going down so therefore I am running for Congress. Heath Barnes for Congress Bold Voice. Big Results.

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