Todd Watson, an independent, is campaigning for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Mike Johanns.
Watson is one of two Independent candidates and four Republican candidates who are aiming for the seat.
Watson is in his mid-30s. He is a successful business owner who readily admits his career has had its ups and downs.
He holds a master’s degree in accounting with an emphasis on taxation. He is the son of a real estate broker who struggled and was eventually successful.
“I have had the experience of being raised under poor (early childhood), middle class (through junior high), and upper class (post junior high) material conditions,” he says on his website.
“Although not an expert in any given class, I have good exposure to the pains and opportunities presented to each,” he says.
Watson is from Lincoln. As a young man, he worked a year as an congressional intern on Capitol Hill in Washington before setting out on his business career, which now includes ownership in two businesses -- a real estate company and an internet marketing firm.
Watson is an avowed Christian. One of his key positions is a “return to recognizing the importance of God’s biblical guidance in leadership and policy.”
He calls for fiscal discipline, sacrifices in government spending, and promises to focus on governing, not partisan power, if elected.
“We believe our grandparent’s generation got it right with acts of selflessness,” he says. “It’s time we returned to selflessness and reject selfishness. Deficits, debts, and policies that seek short term gratification all need addressing.”
Watson favors cuts to social programs as well as defense budgets.
He would repeal Obamacare and then get insurance companies, drug companies and hospitals together to make concessions to reduce the costs of medical care.
“We have a problem with a system that charges $450 for an ankle sprain or $20,000 for an everyday birth,” he said. “We must brainstorm and change to get these routine procedures lower in price without compromising quality.”
He wants to use his business background to better the country.
“I understand business,” he says. “I understand how hard and how rewarding it is to grow a company that contributes to the community. I understand the burdens of excessive regulation, the rising costs of healthcare, and working with difficult people. I’ve also learned that nothing can overcome the plan of God.”
Watson said his experience in acquiring, building, and selling assets and businesses give him the ability to speak with authority on governmental issues that affect the economy. Those would be his main pursuits, but he said they are “still secondary to the main problem we believe this country suffers from – lack of obedience to God and a freedom from sin,” he says.
He and his wife have four kids.
He promises to be an independent and work hard if he is elected.
“Working for all people is in my nature – not just the side who believes what I believe,” he says.