ABOUT AUGIE

BORN AND RAISED IN THE SUBURBS OF BUFFALO, NY

I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN THE SUBURBS OF BUFFALO, NY. I GREW UP IN THE CITY OF NORTH TONAWANDA AND AFTER MOVING AROUND FOR A WHILE FINALLY SETTLED IN THE SMALL CITY OF TONAWANDA. BOTH CITIES ARE BORDERED BY THE HISTORIC ERIE CANAL AND THE MIGHTY NIAGARA RIVER. 

GROWING UP IN POVERTY

I GREW UP IN POVERTY. WE WERE ON WELFARE AND MOVED AROUND QUITE A BIT. THERE WAS NEVER ANY REAL STABILITY. I CAN REMEMBER ONE SUMMER WHERE MY SHOES WERE COMPLETELY UNWEARABLE SO I COLLECTED POP BOTTLES FOR SEVERAL WEEKS TO SAVE UP ENOUGH TO GET A PAIR OF USED SHOES FROM THE SALVATION ARMY. MY CHILDHOOD HAS MADE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON WHO I AM TODAY. ESPECIALLY MY COMMITMENT TO ENDING THE POVERTY CYCLE. 

THE DARKEST DAYS OF MY LIFE

I WAS THE VICTIM OF AN ABUSIVE FATHER, AS WERE MY MOTHER, SISTERS, AND BROTHER. THE PAIN THAT WAS INFLICTED UPON US IS UNIMAGINABLE. WE ARE ALL TRULY SURVIVORS. IT TOOK SEVERAL YEARS BEFORE ANY OF US GAINED THE COURAGE TO SAY OR DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. 

MY HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEART

I MET LEAH WHEN WE WERE KIDS. SHE WAS 15 AND I WAS 17- BOTH STILL IN HIGH SCHOOL. I'M SO HAPPY THAT TODAY AFTER 16 YEARS TOGETHER SHE IS STILL THE LOVE OF MY LIFE.

OUR FAMILY

WE'VE BEEN BLESSED TO HAVE 4 BEAUTIFUL AND AMAZING CHILDREN. GABRIEL, CALEB, CONNOR, AND SOPHIE. 

SO THE STORY BEGINS....

I FOUND MYSELF GOING DOWN THE SAME ROAD I WAS ACCUSTOMED TO AND FALLING INTO THE CYCLE OF POVERTY. ONE DAY I WOKE UP AND DECIDED THAT ENOUGH WAS ENOUGH. I ENROLLED IN SCHOOL AND EARNED MY COLLEGE DEGREE WHILE BEGINNING MY CAREER IN SALES AND SALES MANAGEMENT. I'VE WORKED IN RETAIL SALES FOR OVER 10 YEARS WITH THE MAJORITY OF THAT SPENT IN MANAGEMENT. THIS INCLUDES THE POSITION I HOLD TODAY.

GETTING INVOLVED

I WAS ELECTED TO THE CITY OF TONAWANDA BOARD OF EDUCATION AT THE AGE OF 26. WHILE ON THE BOARD I SERVED ON SEVERAL COMMITTEES AND HELPED TAKE THE FIRST STEPS IN A MAJOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT.

RUNNING FOR CITY COUNCIL

I LATER RAN FOR CITY COUNCIL IN THE CITY OF TONAWANDA. AT THE TIME, I WAS A REPUBLICAN ( MORE ON THAT LATER). I RAN IN A WARD WHERE REGISTERED DEMOCRATS OUTNUMBERED REPUBLICANS BY A SIGNIFICANT MARGIN. MY OPPONENT WAS A SEASONED POLITICAL VETERAN AND INCUMBENT. I RAN A GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGN WHICH FOCUSED ON WORKING HARD, WALKING THE STREETS, AND MEETING VOTERS. SADLY, I LOST THIS RACE BY THE SLIMIEST OF MARGINS- 1 VOTE. 

TIME FOR A CHANGE

IN 2013 MY FAMILY AND I MOVED TO SURPRISE, AZ. SINCE MOVING TO ARIZONA I HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE OF WORKING FOR A MAJOR FURNITURE RETAILER AND AM CURRENTLY STORE MANAGER IN GLENDALE, AZ. 

RUNNING AS AN INDEPENDENT

I AM CURRENTLY REGISTERED AND RUNNING AS AN INDEPENDENT.  I LEFT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY DUE TO THE INVASION OF THE EXTREME RIGHT. I'M NOT SURE PRESIDENT REAGAN WOULD BE CONSIDERED A REPUBLICAN BY TODAY'S STANDARDS. I FIND MY FORMER PARTY OUT OF TOUCH WITH NORMAL EVERYDAY AMERICANS AND ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE ISSUES FACING THE WORKING AND MIDDLE CLASS. I'VE DECIDED AGAINST SEEKING THE SUPPORT OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY BASED ON HOW THE PARTY CONDUCTED ITSELF DURING THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. THE PARTY PROVED IT IS MORE INTERESTED IN WHATS GOOD FOR THE PARTY THAN WHATS GOOD FOR THE PEOPLE. MOREOVER, I THINK THE MAJOR PARTIES ARE AT THE ROOT OF WHAT IS WRONG WITH WASHINGTON. I AM RUNNING AS AN INDEPENDENT BECAUSE MY LOYALTIES REST WITH THE PEOPLE WHO WILL ELECT ME AND THE COUNTRY I LOVE 

THE TIME IS NOW

ON JUNE 7TH I SENT A LETTER OF INTENT TO THE ARIZONA STATE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. I HAVE SINCE SENT A PRESS RELEASE TO SEVERAL NEWS OUTLETS, THE MARICOPA COUNTY DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE, AND THE LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT #21 CHAPTER OF THE ARIZONA DEMOCRATIC PARTY. On JUNE 26th I FORMALLY WITHDREW MY LETTER OF INTENT TO THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND MADE THE DECISION TO RUN AS AN INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE. 

WHY AUGIE BEYER?

I UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS LIKE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN BUYING GROCERIES OR PAYING THE ELECTRIC BILL. I UNDERSTAND THE CHALLENGES FACING  SO MANY WORKING AND MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS. SIMPLY PUT THERE IS NO IVORY TOWER OR SILVER SPOON WITH ME. I HAVE WALKED A MILE IN YOUR SHOES AND THAT IS WHY I WISH TO REPRESENT YOU IN ARIZONA'S 8TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. I VOW FIERCE INDEPENDENCE AND TO NEVER LOSE TRACK OF WHY I AM IN WASHINGTON OR WHO I REPRESENT. 

THE FAMILY TODAY

AUGUSTINE "AUGIE" BEYER

HUSBAND, FATHER, CANDIDATE FOR ARIZONA'S 8TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT.

LEAH BEYER

WIFE, MOTHER, SUPER HERO.

GABRIEL BEYER

OUR ELDEST SON. GABRIEL WILL BE A SOPHOMORE IN HIGH SCHOOL IN AUGUST.

CALEB BEYER

OUR SECOND BORN. CALEB IS ENTERING 8TH GRADE IN AUGUST.

CONNOR BEYER

OUR THIRD BORN SON. CONNOR WILL BE ENTERING 6TH GRADE IN AUGUST.

SOPHIE BEYER

OUR FOURTH CHILD AND FIRST DAUGHTER. SOPHIE WILL BE ENTERING SECOND GRADE IN AUGUST.