"It's a small price to pay for being honest," Woods said.
At the conclusion of his military career, Woods worked as an economic policy advisor and then returned to his hometown in the 10th Congressional District of California to vie for a potentially vacated congressional seat.
Current 10th District representative Ellen Tauscher was nominated by President Obama to serve as Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. If Tauscher's nomination if approved by the Senate, a special election to replace her seat in Congress will likely be held later this year. Woods is considered to be a strong candidate for the open seat.
"I believe we need leaders who will stand up and fight for their own convictions – even if they are not always easy or even popular," Woods says on his campaign website.
Woods is just under 30-years-old.
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