BOONE, N.C., February 8, 2010 — Republican Dan Soucek of Watauga County, having run for the state house of representatives in 2008, has officially filed to run for North Carolina’s 45th Senate district in 2010 serving Wilkes, Watauga, Ashe and Alexander counties.
“The leadership lessons I had at West Point, the humanitarian experience I have at Samaritan’s Purse and the knowledge I have from owning a small business are things no other candidate for this Senate seat possesses and will best enable me to serve this district in a way the people deserve.”
Upon graduating from West Point in 1991, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in Army Aviation. During his more than eight years on active duty, he served in a variety of leadership positions culminating as the Company Commander of the International Student Office at Ft. Rucker Alabama. His achievements include qualification in the AH-1 Cobra and UH-1 Huey helicopters, Airborne and Air Assault qualification, AH-1 “Top Gun” Award recipient, and Iron Aviator triathlon champion.
After resigning his commission in 1999 he moved to Boone, North Carolina to assume the role of Young Life Area Director for Watauga, Ashe and Avery counties. In 2004 he began working as the Asia Regional Director for Operation Christmas Child at Samaritan’s Purse.
His time in the Army, with Young Life and Samaritan’s Purse have given him many opportunities to serve his community as well as reach out to the impoverished and needy around the world. In the course of his duties he has worked with the U.S. State Department, General Officers and religious leaders from many countries, international business leaders, and governments at all levels from customs officials to Governors, a Prime Minister, and a King.
During his time in the High Country he has served as an assistant cross country and track coach at Watauga high school, coached youth soccer and served as an adult and high school Sunday school teacher at Alliance Bible Fellowship. In addition to his current position of Regional Desk Officer for Northern Africa, Middle East and Southern Asia with Samaritan’s Purse, he is the owner-operator of a local small business. Most recently, Dan is a 2009 graduate of the E.A. Morris Fellowship for emerging leaders in North Carolina.
Dan is an avid outdoorsman enjoying hiking, camping, running, biking, snowboarding, kayaking and ultimate Frisbee. Dan and his wife Kim have been married for 17 years and have three children, Isaac, Janie Ann and Lucy. The Soucek’s reside in Watauga County.
Dan is available for comment or interview at your convenience