Salahi declared his candidacy in 2012 as a Republican. As owner of his family's vineyard outside Front Royal, he understands the challenges faced by small business owners in agriculture, manufacturing, tourism, service, and other industries that are the foundation of economic growth.
He was raised and has lived in Virginia his entire life, and graduated from Randolph-Macon Military Academy in Front Royal, Virginia, as Squadron Commander. He continued his education with a Bachelor of Science degree in Enology and Business Management from the College of Agriculture and Environmental Studies at the University of California-Davis to help his father at their family vineyard.
Salahi, a nationally recognized television personality, made news in 2008 as the "White House crasher." Now the subject of a documentary about his run for Governor, Salahi commented:
"I look forward to viewers learning who the REAL Tareq Salahi is. Much has been said about me over the past few years that’s inaccurate. People, other than those close to me, have no idea what I’m about.Veteran film producer John Campbell of Campbell Media Group is filming Salahi during his campaign. Campbell has been producing television documentaries for 23 years, and includes the nationally released "America's Team: Being a U.S. Air Force Thunderbird," "The Hidden Adirondacks," "Enter the Haggis: Live at Lanigan's Ball," and others among his work.
"This documentary will give viewers a chance to a more personal side of me beyond all the media hype. It’s also a story of never giving up. If I can pull myself up by the boot straps, anyone can. I’m hoping my story will motivate people to do just that.
"One other thing this project will do is feature my passion for the great state of Virginia. I’m at a point in my life where I want to make a difference beyond what I was able do for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Wolf Trap and the three Virginia Governors I have already served. Being the next Governor of Virginia will do just that.
"It’s important to note that I’m not the creative behind this documentary ... Mr. John Campbell and his team are. They approached me after I announced my intention to run for Governor. What comes out in the project is what went down. This is not a scripted film or a guided reality TV Show."
Producer Campbell was intrigued with Salahi's political run and wanted to tell his story:
“Tareq’s story is powerful. When I learned that he was running for Virginia Governor, I immediately thought of documenting the process ... more as a human interest story… a story of resilience and the human spirit. Here we have a guy whose triumphs and tribulations have been aired globally … and could have easily hidden for a few years … yet he didn’t. After much soul searching, he decides to go back to his roots … to his passions … one being politics. This documentary has absolutely no political motivation one way or another” says Campbell.Pro-military, more jobs, less taxes, and less government, Salahi would like to see more trains and less traffic on Ameica's highways. He has worked with government leaders on both sides of the aisle, serving three past governors of the Commonwealth -- Republican Jim Gilmore and Democrats Mark Warner and Tim Kaine -- to promote Virginia and her prosperity.
About SWAC Political Breakfast
SWAC Political Breakfast is fashioned after the popular “town hall meeting” venue. It is non-partisan and open to everybody in the community. SWAC Breakfast does not promote or endorse any particular party and/or point of view. It serves as a social forum for politically minded people who like to share and discuss ideas with their neighbors. It also allows citizens an opportunity to hear from public figures, elected officials and candidates running for public office. SWAC Breakfast is held at various locations in the community.
If you're going
Speaker: Tareq Salahi
Date: February 9, 2013
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Place: Staunton Shoney's
Location: 30 Sangers Lane, Staunton, VA 24401
Dutch-treat: Buffet breakfast $7.99, plus $1.99 for coffee & juice