Aaron Dimmock and family

About Aaron


Conviction

Aaron’s life of service started at our United States Naval Academy where he swore an oath to defend the United States and Constitution.

That was the first of seven times Aaron swore that oath and, when elected by the people of Florida’s 1st District, he will swear that oath once again.

At the Naval Academy, Aaron built his life around the Navy’s core values listed in the official charter – Honor, Courage, and Commitment – and the highest ideals of duty, honor, and loyalty. These core values and ideals embody who Aaron is, the life he leads, and why he is running for Congress today.

Courage

Upon graduation from the Naval Academy, Aaron’s first assignment was at Naval Flight School in Pensacola, Florida. After flight school, Aaron joined Patrol Squadron Ten where he flew missions over Bosnia and Serbia and where he served on 9/11, conducting surveillance and reconnaissance flights surrounding Ground Zero on that tragic day. He also lead anti-cartel and anti-drug trafficking aerial missions throughout the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Coast of Central and South America. In this capacity, Aaron and his squadron partnered with the U.S. Coast Guard, federal authorities, as well as foreign governments to track down cartel trafficking operations in the air and on the sea to capture and destroy.

Following this tour, Aaron was an instructor pilot for Patrol Squadron Thirty at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, a Flag Secretary and Aide for two Admirals, and received his Masters from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. After his final operational tour deployed to Asia with Patrol Squadron Sixteen, Aaron served at the U.S. Navy Personnel Command and was tapped to lead U.S. Navy recruitment. Aaron’s final tour was at the Pentagon while serving as the Navy Liaison for the Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Defense for Military Professionalism. After a 20-year career in the U.S. Navy, Aaron retired as a Commander.

Character

Following his career in the Navy, Aaron took his skills to a new career as a leadership and character development facilitator and consultant. In this role, Aaron has helped develop leaders everywhere, including universities in Florida, Ford Motor Company, NFL and NBA teams, The Pat Tillman Foundation, and many others.

Aaron is married to Kim, his wife of 28 years and the mother of their four children, and resides in Pensacola, Florida.

Issues


SUPPORTING OUR MILITARY AND VETERANS

Our district has more active duty service members, veterans, and military families than any other congressional district in our country. They deserve representation who knows the struggles they face because they also lived them. After serving 20 years in our U.S. Navy, including my first station here at NAS Pensacola, I know what it takes to keep our military bases running at top performance.

Since joining this race, my campaign team has heard from dozens of veterans who say that Congressman Gaetz’s office has ignored them as they desperately sought to obtain the benefits they earned. If elected to Congress, I’m committed to assembling a topnotch constituent services team to expedite their requests through the VA and other agencies as quickly as possible so no veteran falls through the cracks.

DEFENDING THE SECOND AMENDMENT

I fully support the Second Amendment and the right of law-abiding citizens to bear arms and believe that right must not be infringed upon. I oppose the multitude of new regulations Democrats put forward each year to make it more difficult for lawful gun owners to exercise their right to obtain firearms and own and use them legally.

SUPPORTING EDUCATIONAL FREEDOM

Governor DeSantis has led one of the most remarkable innovations of our education system by making Florida the top state for school choice in the country. No child should be forced to stay in a failing school. If elected to Congress, I will support programs on the federal level that will allow parents to choose the best school for their child, regardless of their income or zip code.

PROTECTING THE RIGHT TO LIFE

I am pro-life and believe in the sanctity of life and protecting the lives of the unborn. The left has become increasingly radical on this issue, supporting abortions for any reason up until the point of birth. Accordingly, I will be voting No on Amendment 4 this fall to prevent the legalization of late term abortion in Florida. In Congress, I will oppose any and all efforts to spend taxpayer dollars on abortion.

ENDING THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION CRISIS

If elected to Congress, I look forward to working with President Trump to complete the border wall and to put an end to the flow of illegal migrants across our southern border, as well as the influx of drugs like fentanyl that are killing Americans. I saw these dangers firsthand when I led anti-cartel and anti-drug trafficking aerial missions throughout the Gulf of Mexico, and the illegal immigration problem has only gotten exponentially worse since then. We have to also work to deport the millions of illegal immigrants that are currently here, particularly prioritizing those who have committed additional crimes while in our country. In order to allow highly skilled, patriotic legal immigrants to come to our country who respect our laws and can help build our economy, we have to solve this problem immediately.

REDUCING SPENDING AND THE DEFICIT

The massive rate of our federal spending is simply unsustainable. We must cut spending immediately before the next generation is saddled with this debt and our economy crumbles. At the same time, I know we must prioritize keeping the government open because shutdowns result in our many active-duty military service members going without pay for weeks or months on end. If elected to Congress, I will work to enact fiscally responsible budgets that reduce spending while keeping the government open.

STRENGTHENING THE ECONOMY AND REDUCING TAXES

Runaway inflation and “Bidenomics” have resulted in basic necessities like food, gas, housing, and more becoming too expensive for the average American family and eating into their pocketbooks.

If elected to Congress, I pledge to support tax cuts wherever possible to ensure families can keep as many of their hard-earned dollars as possible.

We also need to slash federal regulations and cut red tape to make it easier for businesses to operate in America and persuade them against going overseas.

Finally, we need to make our economy more resilient so it is able to withstand the economic attacks from our competitors, like China, and so we aren’t dependent on them for critical supply chains.

STOPPING CRIME AND SUPPORTING OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT

As lawlessness has swept major American cities and surrounding areas, almost every community in America has found themselves vulnerable to increased levels of crime. I support fully funding our police and giving officers the resources they need to protect our communities. I oppose the efforts by politically motivated, left-wing district attorneys to let offenders off the hook and put criminals back on the streets.

ISRAEL

I support providing Israel with the resources it needs to end Hamas’ rule in Gaza. Israel has been a critical ally to the United States in an incredibly unstable region and allowing terrorist groups like Hamas to continue to exist endangers both Israelis and Americans alike.

ENDING THE CIRCUS

It’s no secret that our Congress is dysfunctional. Congressman Matt Gaetz has only made it worse. He’s more focused on the number of press appearances he makes than showing up for votes or serving his constituents. The headlines about his ethics scandals are a never-ending embarrassment for our district. If elected, I promise to remain focused on doing my job and the people who elected me. I will hold myself to the ethical standard voters should be able to expect of their Representative.

ADDRESSING MATT GAETZ’S LIES

You’ve probably seen the many attacks on me from Matt’s campaign on TV, in texts, and in the mail. Matt lies about me because he doesn’t want you to know the truth about him. Here’s the truth about me:

I oppose DEI initiatives and the Black Lives Matter organization, plain and simple. When career politicians like Matt Gaetz can’t defend their own failed record, they resort to desperate lies to win. It’s why people hate politicians. The military is and should continue to be a meritocracy where the most qualified and capable people rise in rank. I think that is an example all Americans and corporations should follow and I oppose any effort or policy to change that. I support the law enforcement that protects our communities and would never condone rioting, looting, or the destruction of our communities.

I first moved to the district and to Florida in 1996 immediately after graduating from our United States Naval Academy and marrying my wife, Kim, where I was stationed in Pensacola and began my 20-year military career as a Naval Aviator. The Navy sent me all over the country and all over the world, and it usually wasn’t anywhere glamorous.

I’m happy for Matt that as a career politician he never had to deploy to the Middle East or uproot his family, but I think the tens of thousands of service members and military families who are his constituents understand that like them, I made sacrifices for our country that temporarily took me away from Florida. When Matt says I’m not from Florida, he’s also saying the tens of thousands of other active service members, veterans, and their families who first came to Northwest Florida by way of the military aren’t real Floridians either.

Pensacola has always been the place my wife and I planned to retire and make our permanent home once I left the military. That’s why I most recently accepted a job at the Center for Leadership at the University of West Florida. My mother, brother, aunt, and uncle all live in our district too, and we’re proud to call Pensacola home.