Campaign links: Ethan Garofolo (Lib-TX-31)
Ethan Garofolo Congressional Candidate Texas District 31
Ethan Garofolo was born to a working-class family. During his childhood and adolescence Ethan lived the devastating effects economic conditions can have on families. Thanks to good friends and the positive influence of his church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ethan was able to get a new perspective on life and the world by serving as a missionary in Bordeaux, France. During this time Ethan worked hard, teaching people of all walks of life, witnessing firsthand the transformational power of God, and developing a lifelong love of service. Ethan will always love the beauty and culture of France, but more importantly, his mission solidified his love for the USA.
Upon returning home Ethan attended Brigham Young University where he majored in Computer Science and French. It was also here that Ethan began an earnest study of the founding philosophy of our nation. This message of liberty and limited government resonated with Ethan, confirmed his deep love for our country, and built his political foundation. Most importantly it was at BYU that Ethan met his sweetheart and now wife of 6 1/2 years, Julie. They met while working as French 101 teachers, became friends, fell in love, and decided to build a life together. Their love and friendship is as strong as ever and continues to be a source of strength, hope, and motivation for Ethan.
After graduating from BYU Ethan and Julie moved to Texas and District 31. Eventually settling in Round Rock, they have never looked back and fully understand the meaning of, “I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could.” The booming tech industry, sheer beauty of the Hill Country, and the warmhearted people of this area made the decision a no-brainer. Ethan has worked as a software developer since arriving in 2006. He and Julie are now the parents of two wonderful daughters.
Ethan was not born into privilege and is not a professional politician (nor would he ever seek to make a career of it!). The opportunities and freedoms America still provides today are what allowed him, the child of a broken home, to improve his circumstances and build something wonderful. Ethan believes that these opportunities are at risk today, suffering from the reckless abuses of power in the Congress. The crippled, jobless economy and the $15 trillion (and growing) in debt that produced it; the multiple ongoing foreign wars; the runaway intervention into the business and personal lives of all Americans; the constant erosion of civil liberties; and a broken two-party system that profits from perpetuating these ills all threaten our freedom and prosperity. With neither party much interested in real reform and alarmed for the future of his two girls, Ethan was compelled to sound the cry of liberty and run for office.
Ethan believes that America’s brightest days are still to come. Only by returning government to its proper constitutionally-defined limits will the American people chart a course to prosperity for years to come.