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Carter Quillen funds himself in campaign for Congress

BY BRITTNEE NAVE
STAR CORRESPONDENT
Carter Quillen is a man of many names.
 
In his information brochure, Quillen describes the various names he has been called over the years, including “Carter the A/C man,” “Professor Quillen,” “Mr. Quillen,” “Sir” and even “Captain Carter Quillen the Sun Pirate.” 
The man of many names is also one of many roles.
Quillen is a husband, father, and grandfather. He has also served as a small businessman, professor, carpenter, plumber, electrician and a USCG Merchant Captain. He is also a “Vietnam Era” veteran. 
In his free time. Quillen and his wife have cruised the Southeast coast in a 50-foot solar-powered boat named the “Archimedes” (The Arc).
The informative brochure is one of the ways Quillen has gotten his message out.
Additionally, for the past several months, the relatively private Quillen, and his wife, have set off to campaign for congress in their campaign van, decorated by them. His entire campaign is self-funded.
On his decision to run for congress, Quillen said it involved the current state of the Union. 
“Our government is for sale to the highest bidder,” he said. “I’ve really learned a lot about that in this campaign, and I really almost like a duty to do it.
“Most of the successes I have I owe to the training and discipline I got in the U.S. Coast Guard and the degree I got on the G.I. Bill,” he said.
Quillen elaborated that he sees this position as a public servant job, and pointed out the issue that many politicians go to Washinton D.C. to serve themselves rather than the people. 
In outlining his campaign, Quillen lists that he is pro-life, pro First and Second Amendments, is a term-limit proponent, supports building a wall to secure our borders, supports campaign finance reform, and supports healthcare reform. 
Quilen said he feels as though he has been underrepresented in this campaign due to lack of media exposure and the fact that other candidates shelled out quite a bit of money for advertising.
On why people should vote for him, this is a focal point. 
“I am a true outsider,” he said. “I self-funded my entire campaign and I’m not answering to anybody but the people.”
For more information on Quillen, one can go to www.quillen4congress.com or check out his Facebook page. 
“I don’t have anything but an agenda of service for the people,” he said.