By Steve Dreyer
Black Mountain Ranch resident Kirk Jorgensen has announced his plans to become the second Republican candidate to run next year in the 52nd Congressional District.
“Like you, I’m frustrated with the direction our government is headed,” he writes on his campaign website. “I’m losing confidence in both our government and in our political system. Too often, we elect political survivors instead of leaders — politicians who are more motivated to perpetuate their political careers than serve our communities. We need change to restore our lost confidence.”
The 52nd District includes most of inland North County and is represented by first-term Congressman Scott Peters, D-La Jolla.
Jorgensen joins former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio as a potential Republican challenger.
Jorgensen did not respond to requests for an interview.
His website says he and his family moved to Rancho Bernardo in 1974 He attended the army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad, then went to Arizona State University on a full ROTC scholarship.
Jorensen then joined the Marines where, according to his website, “He led human intelligence, counterintelligence and force protection missions in Asia, Central America, and the Middle East to thwart terrorism, espionage and sabotage against the United States and allied forces.
“Jorgensen was selected to attend elite Central Intelligence Agency training and graduated from ‘The Farm,’ with the highest accreditation. Following his CIA Operations Officer certification, Jorgensen served with the Defense Intelligence Agency and deployed to the Balkans where he facilitated the search and apprehension of Persons Indicted for War Crimes and genocide.”
The campaign website says “in 2003, during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Jorgensen commanded the largest Marine Corps deployment of Counterintelligence/Human Intelligence forces in history. The Marines under his command are credited with obtaining the critical intelligence that led to the successful rescue of all seven U.S. prisoners of war from Saddam Hussein’s forces, emerging as one of the most decorated units of all coalition forces to serve in the campaign to Baghdad.
Jorgensen completed 10 years of active duty, including six deployments, according to the web site.
He then joined Booz Allen Hamilton to provide technology and management consulting for the U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) in Point Loma and the U.S. Navy SEALs in Coronado.
“He currently serves his community and country with the Department of Homeland Security as a U.S. Coast Guard Reserve Officer assigned to Sector San Diego. In 2008, Jorgensen was recalled to active duty to serve as an Intelligence and Operations Officer with the Navy/Coast Guard Combined Task Group 56.5 in the Persian Gulf.”
Jorgensen is married to Dr. Georgine Jorgensen, a family physician and small-business owner in San Diego. The couple has two sons.