Former Trump assistant Army secretary running for Congress in AL-05
Dr. Casey Wardynski, Ph.D., on Thursday announced that he is running in 2022 to represent Alabama’s Fifth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. This seat is an open race due to Congressman Mo Brooks’ (AL-05) decision to run for the U.S. Senate.
Wardynski served as assistant secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs after being originally nominated for the post in June 2018 by President Donald J. Trump and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in a voice vote in January 2019. He served from that time until January 20, 2021, when Trump left office.
“I’m running for Congress to continue the work President Trump began,” said Wardynski in a release announcing his candidacy.
“Today, we have leftists and weak Republicans who want higher taxes, who promote the cancel culture, and who refuse to fight back against the socialist movement. That must end,” he continued. “We need a fearless conservative who will fight for North Alabama to make that happen.”
More locally, Wardynski is known for serving as superintendent of Huntsville City Schools from 2011 through 2016.
He also served a 30-year career in the U.S. Army. After graduating from West Point, he entered training as a Special Weapons Officer at Redstone Arsenal. He went on to serve in Germany, the United States and Korea, retiring as a colonel.
“The Swamp set out to destroy President Trump on Day One and block his America First Agenda, but I helped him build the wall and protect our country,” Wardynski remarked. “Now, Congress is run by radicals who want to remake America, but I’m determined to continue the work that President Trump began: defend the unborn, protect the 2nd Amendment, and finish the wall!”
Wardynski is a 1980 graduate of the United States Military Academy. He holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Policy Analysis from the Frederick S. Pardee Rand Graduate School.
His career also includes service in the private sector. From 2016 to 2018, he served as CFO and then CEO of FISH Technologies, an industry leader in the marketing event technology field. Currently, Wardynski is CEO of Regenesis Stem Cell Center in Huntsville where he focuses on growing the company into a national center of excellence for high-tech regenerative medical solutions for active adults of all ages.
“I’ve served thirty years in the U.S. Army and I built successful businesses. I graduated from West Point where we swore an oath to defend our Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Every step of the way, I fought for the country I love. In the Army we run to the fight, not away from it, and I’ll fight Biden, Pelosi, and AOC every day to do what’s right for North Alabama,” Wardynski concluded.
Wardynski and his wife of 34 years, Susan, raised three children. Following the loss of Susan to cancer, he married Karen Lee. Together, they have six adult children and five grandchildren, with a sixth on the way.
Wardynski’s campaign is being run by Strategic Impact’s Scott Stone and Brad Shattuck.
Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong is the only other candidate in the AL-05 race thus far.
Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn