SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Dr. Brad Allen is one of four candidates running for U.S. Congress, 24th District.
“When I looked at these many problems I thought I can either keep sitting on the sidelines and do nothing, or finally get back involved and try to change how we’re dealing with these multiple issues,” said Allen.
Allen served as a pediatric heart surgeon at multiple institutions.
"I’ve written nearly 100 papers, multiple book chapters. I have lectured in Asia, Europe, and the United States all over. And I ran a department of pediatric cardiac surgery at the University of Texas," said Allen.
While Allen says most of his accomplishments have been in medicine, he wants to bring his problem solving skills to politics.
“And in research, which is partly what I want to bring, and in medicine, you look at a problem and decide how to solve it. And I think that’s what’s needed more in this country,” said Allen.
Some of Allen's top priorities include combating crime and inflation.
“If I had to pick two right off the bat I would say inflation. It’s killing small businesses. It’s killing people even if they’re getting higher wages. The average family can’t make ends meet. And the other would be crime. It’s one of the biggest rules of government is to keep people safe on the streets. And I think they’re failing in that right now,” said Allen.
If elected, Allen says more money and regulations won't solve a problem.
“As a doctor, I don’t do that. If you come to me with a problem or a complaint, I look at your problem. And then I look at how we can solve the problem. And I have to look at the consequences of the solutions each time. So you can’t just have a one-size fits all for all those problems. Each one is separate. And that’s the problem with what goes on in Washington. They don’t look at it this way," said Allen. “I bring a different mindset. I’m not the politician. I’m a problem solver. Maybe put somebody there that’s not a politician so we don’t keep doing the same thing.”
For the full interview with candidate Dr. Brad Allen, play the YouTube video below.