Calen Fretts was born in Pittsburgh, grew up in the small southeastern Virginia town of Courtland, and finally, settled in Valparaiso. Boosted by his Christian faith and love for his fellow citizen, he is inspired to fight for the well-being of America and of humanity, knowing that very well-being comes through Liberty. Calen graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in computer science, is an entrepreneur and computer programmer, and founded a small web development company. Previously, Fretts engaged in diverse entrepreneurial web projects, worked as an IT Specialist with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), and co-founded a web development company in Atlanta, where he also functioned as IT Director and adviser. He currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Libertarian Party of Okaloosa County.
In 2011, he began his quest for Congress with his wife, Allison. She, a native of Niceville, FL, was the one responsible for convincing Calen how beautiful the coast of Florida was, and they ended up back in the Florida Panhandle. And, as he admits, "boy was she right!" He is an oldest child, with four siblings: two brothers and two sisters. His brother currently serves in the Army, and he comes from a long line of servicemen to the country, going all the way back to the Revolution. Calen is committed to God, family, friends, and country. These are the reasons he is motivated to do what he does.
Calen is proud to be a small business owner. He takes satisfaction in knowing that he is part of the solution; that he participates in driving and advancing the private free market economy; that he embodies the great spirit of individuality, independence, and autonomy upon which this great nation of America was founded.
He has spent the last few years researching into the wee hours of the morning about the Constitution, the virtues of capitalism and voluntary interaction, and the advice and wisdom of America's Founding Fathers. This intensive study led to a realization that many things he had always believed about the world were not exactly as they seemed. For example, that the majority of Republican and Democrat politicians no longer uphold the Constitution or the best interests of their constituents; that there are more than only two ideological choices, "the left" or "the right"; that there was a more consistent worldview that didn't fit into the mainstream, dogmatic box. It was this awakening and worldview shift that eventually led him to take up the torch of liberty and do everything in his power to try to return the voice of common sense, and the common man, to government.
His philosophy is built on the belief that we as humans should first love one another, regardless of race or nationality or any other collectivist differences. Therefore, we should profoundly respect the sanctity of all human life and God-given human rights, whether in the womb or in a foreign land. We should also respect others' choices in their own personal lives, as we would have them respect ours, whether or not we agree with them. The refusal to use government force to enforce our own opinions against others, and rather, the choice to be the "salt of the earth," the "light of the world," and lead others by example, is a principle that holds true on both the individual and international levels, and is one of the greatest manifestations of love.
Calen is a diehard sports fan (go Hokies!), a music lover, an entrepreneur, and an innovator. He constantly has new ideas to better the world. He enjoys Christian apologetics, libertarian studies, and generally stretching the limits of his brain. He has also created numerous websites, political and otherwise, as a side hobby.
He most admires historical men of love and peace such as Jesus Christ, Mohandas Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr.; revolutionaries like Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Andrew Jackson; rebels and thinkers such as Henry David Thoreau, Ayn Rand, Ludwig von Mises, F.A. Hayek, Murray Rothbard, Milton Friedman; as well as modern-day American patriots such as Congressman Ron Paul and Judge Andrew Napolitano.
Calen doesn't plan to head to DC to make friends or become a career politician. He doesn't even like it there. Instead, he plans to overturn the moneychangers' tables and be a voice of reason calling out in the wilderness.