PLYMOUTH, Mass. – In a web video released today titled “Leader,” Jesse Brown, 43, of Plymouth, announced he would challenge career politician Bill Keating in the 9th Congressional District.
A native of Taunton, Brown served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps where he attained the rank of sergeant. Following his honorable discharge in 1999, Brown returned to the South Shore and settled in Plymouth where he began working as a technician constructing cell phone towers. In 2007, Brown co-founded Heidrea Communications, a general contracting firm that specializes in the building and maintenance of wireless communications towers throughout New England and New York. Heidrea has grown to employ 70 Bay Staters in well-paying, long-term jobs. “America is facing some big challenges,” says Brown in the video. “There is a crisis at the border. Runaway spending. Socialism is on the march, they want to defund the police, and political correctness has run amock. The problem is out-of-touch, career politicians like Bill Keating. It is time for someone new.”
The biographical video highlights Brown’s impressive rise from a broken home to 17-year-old Marine recruit to successful small business owner, and his creation of the veteran support organization Heidrea for Heroes, which has helped over 1,000 local veterans and their families.
“We took him in, and he spent a lot of time with us,” family friend Ed Corriera explains in the video. “It was a tough life for him…But I’ll tell you what, through everything and anything he experienced he was always positive.”
Among the testimonials in the video is the Eufrazio family of Plymouth, who credit Brown with outfitting their house with a whole home generator following a lengthy winter power outage that badly impacted their son, Lance Cpl. Nick Eufrazio, Ret., who suffered a traumatic brain injury from an exploding grenade in Afghanistan.
Nick’s father, Mark Eufrazio, reflects in the video about Brown’s character and kindness: “In general, he’s just a good person because to come to that door and talk to me the way he talked, which was kind and caringness, and know there was a fellow brother of his in here, and he just wanted to see him and to help us.”
“When you vote for him, you’ll get a good man,” added Eufrazio.
Brown says it’s time for a fresh face to represent the 9th Congressional District, noting that Keating has been running for elected office since before Brown was born in 1977. Brown contrasts his energetic “get it done” attitude with the past 10 years during which the only law Keating got passed and signed was to change the name of the post office in Sagamore Beach in his first term. “The 9th Congressional District deserves a representative who wants to do something, not just be something,” says Brown. “I will stand up and fight for the America that allowed me to grow from a kid sleeping on a cold kitchen floor to creating hundreds of good jobs for working class people to being in a position to help others who are struggling. We are losing that because professional politicians like Bill Keating only know one thing – how to help themselves to more power.”