John Colbert said he never considered running for office until he saw the way Congress was killing jobs in California.
Colbert was driving through the Central Valley in 2008 when he witnessed farmers clearing trees dying from a lack of water. The trip came after Congress voted to protect the endangered Delta smelt by diverting less water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta for agricultural and municipal uses.
That's when Colbert decided to campaign against Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), who voted for the water legislation, health care reform and a controversial carbon emissions cap-and-trade bill.
"Adam Schiff needs to be replaced because he is voting along the extreme left lines for all the legislation that is taking jobs and destroying our economy," Colbert said.
The 45-year-old is entering the main stretch of his first run for political office after 13 years in law enforcement and a second career at Pasadena-based security company Guidance Software Inc.