Jonathan Hard announced his candidacy for the position of State Senate Seat 7 at his campaign kickoff on Tuesday, August 26th. An eclectic crowd of Huntsville business leaders and entrepreneurs sang his praises during the event, funded by Dr. Jonn Kim and held on the top floor of the PNC building in downtown Huntsville.
Jonathan’s supporters unanimously agree he possesses the unique skills to propel Huntsville into the forefront of Alabama politics as a leader in innovation, education, and growth.
A former Infantry Officer, Hard earned his business degree from the University of Alabama Huntsville. He then moved into the business community working at large companies to include SAIC and IBM. He presently serves as CEO for a small cyber security company, H2L Solutions.
“Everyone needs an opportunity like I’ve had,” said Jonathan. “I want to give back. There are 148,000 people In District 7. While Alabama is ranked 46th in education and 50th in standard of living, Huntsville is #1 in technology jobs in the country. We have to be the pacesetter. Huntsville’s education and entrepreneurial spirit are unsurpassed. Let’s get back to common sense policies that are right for our community.”
The eclectic crowd at the kick off consisted of friends, relatives, and business colleagues. Many, like Andrew Driver, met Jonathan through professional and nonprofit communities. “Jonathan is a networker,” said Driver. “He loves the community. I saw the heart he would give to the community.”
Hard serves as a board member for Harris Home for Children, Inc., Huntsville Association of Small Businesses in Advanced Technology (HASBAT), The Catalyst, and the American Cancer Society Summer Lights Celebration Sponsorship Committee.
Jeanetta Wilson met Jonathan through their mutual volunteer work for the American Cancer Society. “I think he’s an interesting young man,” said Wilson. “I see him shaping his life in a truly American way.”
Unlikely supporters in the form of competing business leaders and fellow politicians also sang Jonathan’s praises. Hanu Karlapalem, 2015 mayoral candidate for Madison City, admires Jonathan’s authenticity. “He’s an authentic leader,” said Karlapalem. “We need leaders like that.”
In addition to serving on various boards within the community, Hard is a member of the Huntsville Committee of 100 and serves as a key leader in the world of cyber defense, speaking at various events in this industry. “I’ve been competing against this guy since 2014,” said Chandler Hall, cyber security expert at Sentar, Inc. “We go to the same trade shows. His energy levels are amazing. He understands what it takes to make effective change. He’s an honorous competitor.”
TJ Wright, President of OSS, said he believes Jonathan’s business provides a service to the Huntsville community, not only by providing security audits, but by educating the community on DFARs compliance.
District 2 State Senate Seat candidate Amy Wasyluka attended the event with her husband Tim and daughter Ruth Grace. Like others, she states honesty and integrity as her reason for supporting Jonathan. “He really cares about his constituents,” said Wasyluka. “He isn’t money driven.”
Even Jonathan’s younger brother, Matthew Hard, Former Army National Guard Sergeant, had good things to say. “Jonathan was born with a natural talent to understand others,” said Matthew. “He’ll go all out to reach his goals.”