My name is Patrick Henry Sellers and, yes, that is my real name. As much as I like the association my name has with the famous Virginian, my parents were not all that concerned with history. I got the name Patrick from my mother’s Irish ancestry and being born close to St. Patrick’s Day, while Henry was my father’s middle name. Not surprisingly, perhaps, Patrick Henry became my favorite Founding Father, and I share not only his name, but also his vision. The connection inspires me to live up to the name in the hopes that like him, I may rally my countrymen to the cause of liberty.
I decided to enter the race to represent Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional district because no other announced candidate holds values close enough to those I find most important. Among those values are defending individual liberty through self reliance, limited constitutional government, sound money, property rights, free markets and a non-interventionist foreign policy. For more specifics on my positions on individual policies, please see my Platform statements.
I am excited about this race. I don’t have the wealth that one of my opponents will use to finance his campaign, but I have the advantage of strong and growing grass roots support that has come forward to embrace it. I also don’t have experience collecting paychecks from government work like some other opponents … thank goodness. That just means I am not arrogant enough to think I am smarter than you and therefore should run your life. I think we have all had enough of that kind of attitude recently.
People who are motivated to think about their own welfare will invariably out-think, outperform and often outmaneuver a handful of government people assigned to “manage” their constituents’ lives. I’ve lead a good life. Now I’m ready to go to work to restore the promise of America.
The real crisis we have right now was eloquently summarized in a poem by Pastor Martin Niemoller describing how fascism was allowed to rise in pre World War II Germany.
First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out — because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak out for me.
One of the most difficult things to do is to protect someone else’s rights or someone else’s property when it is of no immediate consequence personally. Unfortunately this indifference is exploited by the thieves and the enemies of liberty to slowly but surely threaten everyone’s rights and everyone’s property.
This is why supporting the Constitution is so important, because it is the ultimate defense of the individual against the government. Allowing the protections afforded by it to erode now threatens us all. A threat made most poignant when the Democrats gained control of both houses and the Presidency and took that as license to attempt unprecedented acts of theft and denials of liberty.
As your representative to Congress I vow to uphold the Constitution, to never vote for any bill not explicitly authorized by the Constitution and as a consequence, do everything in my power to protect individual liberty, property and in general the individual pursuit of happiness.
Chester County has been my home for all of my 55 years. I grew up here, graduated from Coatesville Area High School in 1972, and raised two children here with my wife, Terri. We now have three grandchildren.
My profession has always been electrical work, and for the last 30 years I’ve worked for Philips Brothers Electrical Contractors, Inc. as master electrician, project manager, and estimator.
I’m an avid outdoors man, and a member of The Wallace Trust and The Green Valleys Association.
- Speaker, Lancaster County Tea Party August 2009
- Speaker, Lancaster County Tea Party April 15, 2009 (Abolish the Income Tax)
- Speaker, End the Fed Rally in Philadelphia November 2008
- Organizer, Chester County Ron Paul Meetup 2007, re-organized as Chester County Campaign for Liberty 2008
- Member, Wallace Township Planning Commission 2006–2007
- Authored 3 Amendments to Coatesville’s Home Rule Charter which voters passed in 2003
- Helped Dick and Nancy Saha save their farm from eminent domain abuse 1998–2005
- Candidate for Coatesville City Council 1997
- Candidate for Congress, Republican Primary 1996
- Volunteer County Coordinator, Pat Buchanan for President 1992, 2000
- Board President, Coatesville Area School District 1996
- Director, Coatesville Area School District 1993–1997
- Area Chairman, Republican Committee 1996
- Republican Committeeman 1993–1997