26-Year-Old Software Engineer Congressional Candidate Impresses Reddit, Matt Cutts

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According to 26-year-old Patrick Kelly, Washington needs more engineers and less lawyers. That's why he has decided to run for U.S. Congress in the 6th district of the great state of Kentucky. This congressional district covers Lexington as well as the state's capital, Frankfort.

Kelly, whose unique draw (other than his age) is the fact that he's a software engineer, participated in a reddit AMA on Monday. AMAs (or Ask Me Anything) kind of work like crowdsourced interviews, where the interviewee can choose which questions to respond to.

This reddit AMA caught the eye of one University of Kentucky graduate. You guys probably know him more for his work with Google. "A software engineer running for US Congress...In Kentucky? Right on," says Matt Cutts:

A software engineer running for US Congress. In Kentucky? http://t.co/YT1SDW8I Right on. 7 hours ago via Tweet Button ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Kelly has lived in Lexington, KY for 20 years and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in Computer Science. He works as a software engineer for a local company and also does freelance work.

He started off his AMA with this:

To save some time I'll tell you I'm anti-NDAA, anti-SOPA/PIPA/internet regulation, anti-patriot act, anti-drug war, pro-legalization, anti-war, pro-marriage equality, pro-thorium, among a host of other things and my opponents support of these things is a big part of why I got into the race. While we on reddit may not agree on the details of everything, I think it's important that most of us probably share the same goals and that it's important to keep a civil discussion.

Kelly will be running in the Republican primary for U.S. Congress. Maybe Matt Cutts will do a little campaigning for him (if they match up on the issues, of course).

Josh Wolford
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