JIM DEAKIN
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JIM DEAKIN
 

Politics have been an interest of mine since the first time I listened to a Ronald Reagan speech. The stimulation of a great orator and motivation of a great leader inspired me to be a better person.

I am not a career politician but an Arizona businessman who is frustrated with the direction of our government and representatives.  I've been a resident of the Grand Canyon State since 1989 and am happily married to my lovely wife Adonia.  We have three beautiful daughters all in college.

I am the eldest child of Jimmie L. Deakin Sr. and Judy Deakin.  My dad was named after a Pearl Harbor casualty.  My dad contracted polio when he was 3 years old.  Growing up in a “handicapped” family taught me that special needs have no influence on intelligence.  In 1976 we moved from California to Oregon. We lived on a farm and I learned a lot about responsibility and the value of hard work.

My parents volunteered/worked at the Oregon State Marine Science Center, I noticed that something was missing.  Assisted by my mother, we established a 4H club for Marine Science.

I graduated from Dallas High School and then attended Long Island University Southampton College, to study Marine Science.  When I discovered there were few jobs in Marine Science, I joined the US Navy.   I studied electronics finished school and became a Sonar Technician and an Anti Submarine Warfare Specialist during the final years of the Cold War. I am a plank owner of the USS Rueben James FFG-57.

While on the James I learned firefighting and fire safety. I transitioned that knowledge and furthered my education into a career I truly love.

 In 2000 I started 2 businesses that specialize in Fire Protection and Security (Detek Design & Liberty Fire and Security Solutions). We continued to grow and expand the company even through the tough months after 9/11/2001.  In 2009 we have felt the impact of the failures in our government regulations and ineffectual oversight to the mortgage industry resulting in the crash of home sales and construction.

Last year like so many of you I sat in stunned silence when the presidential campaign was placed on pause as our candidate ran back to DC to vote YES on TARP I, the first of many bailouts. That bailout opened Pandora’s Box to the takeover of banks, car industries, energy, and now the attempted confiscation of health care.

I was further stunned on Friday October 10, 2008 as the Republican candidate basically conceded the presidency by advising the people in a Lakeville MN Town hall; “Obama is decent person and a person that you do not have to be scared of as president of the United States.”

In January 2009 I decided I could no longer trust our politicians to protect the Constitution.  I was obligated to support the oath that I took when I joined the Navy. The oath I took to support and defend the Constitution of the United States from all threats, foreign and domestic.