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Candidate seeks support in congressional run [Letter]

I'm running for Congress because I feel alarm and anger over the inability of our federal government to address the many issues we all know we must face as a nation; tax reform, the deficit, immigration reform and our standing in the international community to name just a few.

If you send me to Washington, I will be relentlessly focused on common sense solutions. I will look for the best of both parties as a foundation for re-establishing trust and a working relationship between the parties. I will support any good idea that makes America stronger no matter where it comes from.

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I do not view compromise as a sellout. Compromise is the very essence of democracy. I do not believe in absolutes. I do not believe in partisanship.

I believe in taking the long view and building the future in increments, brick by brick. And I believe in dialogue based on shared values we have as Americans, values which are not owned by either party. Values like personal responsibility, fiscal prudence, real equal opportunity and a strong middle class.

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The dysfunction in Washington is unsustainable. There is no issue which is more important, more consequential to our nation's long term health and prosperity than that of addressing the cause of this dysfunction.

The center must assert itself. The most extreme voices do not represent the America which we respect and to which we give our loyalty.

I pledge my loyalty to the emerging voices from the center.

Bill TilghmanCentreville

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The writer is a candidate for Congress representing Maryland's 1st Congressional District.

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