William H. Szych
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Officially on the ballot - August 2, 2006
Independent candidate, Billy Szych, is officially on the ballot for 1st
Congressional District seat in Massachusetts.
In a very short amount of time, William H. “Billy” Szych, collected
above and beyond the necessary number of signatures to place his name on
the ballot for the Massachusetts November 7th elections. With a message
to 1st District voters, Mr. Szych offers not only a choice, but a
challenge to his constituents: “I want to send a message to Washington,
D.C. – we are fed up with party politics as usual. It’s time for a
Hatfield, Massachusetts, August 2, 2006 – William H. “Billy” Szych has
successfully reached the first major milestone in his candidacy to
represent the 1st Congressional District in the United States Congress.
His message: We are not Democrats or Republicans, we are Americans.
Szych – who is running as an unenrolled candidate – believes he is quickly
establishing a strong base of support in this predominantly independent
District, which in many towns has 60% or more of voters registered as
Szych, a native of Massachusetts, grew up in Hatfield where he
graduated in 1971 from the public school system. He went on to the University
of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he graduated with honors in 1975
with a BA in Political Science. In 1990, he was awarded an MA in
Management from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.
Szych retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1995
after twenty years service on active duty. When Szych became Hatfield's
Town Administrator, he acquired first-hand experience in the challenges
facing all towns and cities throughout the Commonwealth, especially in
the development of balanced budgets during severe cuts in State aid.
Szych was working as Town Administrator on September 11, 2001, and, as
a result of the terrorist attacks, he volunteered to return to active
duty. Once back on active duty, he volunteered to deploy to Iraq.
After his return from Iraq, Szych was given the leadership of a special
Air Force-wide project to develop new strategies and systems to help
defeat the Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). He reverted to retired
military status in July of last year and was hired by L3 Communications
as a Senior Military Analyst at the Pentagon. Szych returned to
Hatfield in April, 2006 to run for U.S. Congress as an unenrolled candidate
and formally announced his candidacy on May 15th.
Szych states that people have lost faith in politicians to a level that
is almost shocking. He maintains that the key to restoring the
people’s faith is to send men and women of the highest character and
dedication to Congress … people who are able to work with both sides of the
aisle. “It’s time to stop the bickering and nonsense. As an independent
voice in Congress, I will not be tied to any one party’s platform, and
will be able to address each issue on its merits alone, working for the
good of all Americans,” says Szych.
Szych believes Congress is “broken, but it can be fixed”. One critical
thing he would like to see is an end to traditional earmarks or “pork”.
He proposes a direct apportionment of federal funds to cities and towns
(as is currently done with State lottery receipts) that they can use as
they see fit. This would prevent certain parts of the Commonwealth
from continually getting their “pet projects” funded at the expense of
smaller towns and cities. “The Big Dig continues to siphon off funds for
Boston at the expense of the towns and cities of the 1st Congressional
District. It is pork at its worst, and it is wrong,” notes Szych.
Billy is married to Janet Revie "Jan" Szych, originally from Fort
William, Scotland. They have a daughter, Sophie, a 2003 Smith Academy
graduate who is currently attending a State College in Massachusetts, and a
son, Andrew who graduated from Smith Academy in 2005. He is a past
commander of American Legion Post 344 in Hatfield and a former member of
the Hatfield Lions Club.
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“We are not Democrats or Republicans, We are Americans.”
Contact: The Billy Szych for Congress Committee
Name: Billy Szych
Telephone Number: (413) 247-9247
Updates from Billy - July 20, 2006
Greetings from the Heartland of Massachusetts:
Yes, I am alive and well and still running for Congress.
It has already been the experience of a lifetime. Things are going very, very well. I am very happy to report that the new web-site (www.BillySzychForCongress.com
) is now up and running.
As you can see from the web-site photo gallery, we have been marching in parades, going to special events (including large dances/picnics, a Hindu temple blessing, and a walk in support of safe neighborhoods) and just going out and talking to people.
Next week I will start formal visits to every one of the 107 towns and cities in the 1st Congressional District. I am greatly looking
forward to this next phase of my campaign strategy. It is the essence of American democracy and I am grateful to have this
opportunity to give a new choice to the voters of the 1st District.
The central message of my campaign is: “We are not Republicans or Democrats; We are Americans." This message really
connects with the independent-minded voters of the 1st District. But in order to get my message out during the next few
months and win on November 7th, I will need your help. Whether it’s telling people about me, or making a direct contribution,
it’s your efforts that will boost this campaign into further recognition and success.
I need as many of you as possible to step up and organize fund-raisers – nothing fancy, it can be an informal gathering at your
own home, a breakfast or luncheon at a local restaurant, etc., where I can meet and talk to people. Each and every fund-raising
effort is important. I know most of you are maxed out with a thousand things to do and that I am asking you take on even more. But
I know you are fed up with the situation in Washington D.C. and that nothing is ever going to change until we stand up together and
say enough is enough.
For those of you outside the district, now is the time to send money to the campaign. The incumbent has a large war chest and I will
need to match it in order to get my message out to the voters in the build-up to Election Day. For information on how you can help
make a difference please go to the website to see how to make a contribution. Thank you in advance for your support.
email to others and get them interested in my campaign. We need to exploit the power of the web to reach out and get the support
of like-minded people throughout the District, and throughout America. I am convinced that with your help I can pull off one of the
biggest political upsets in the history of Massachusetts. It will take hard work, but with help from people like you and your friends
and families, I am confident it can be done.
God Bless You, Your Families, and America.
A Question of Honor, a Matter of Faith
Faith in America, Faith in Our Children, and, Faith in God
After The Veterans Convention in Boston, MA - June 2, 2006
This past Saturday night at the Polish Army Veterans Ball was one of the best nights of my life...to stand
next to and talk to some of the greatest heroes of Poland and of America! Truly, it was a night to remember.
In honor of Memorial Day - May 23, 2006
It was January, 2005. I thought it would be just a routine trip to the Base Exchange at Hanscom Air Force Base
in Bedford where, as an active duty Air Force officer, I was then assigned.
I had been thinking a lot about my father, Tiger Szych, that day for some reason. That was not unusual, because
I think of him often. Usually, it is triggered by the regular use of what has become an icon for military perseverance
under the most difficult combat conditions. The icon I am referring to is the raising of “Old Glory” at the battle of Iwo
And there it was. Hanging on the wall of the BX was the famous picture … beautifully framed and matted. I bought
it immediately. I didn’t have it in my office more than a day or so, when our Marine Corps exchange officer noticed it,
and soon thereafter brought me some of the volcanic ash from Iwo Jima. It is considered sacred ground by the Marine
Corps, and it is common for Marines to scoop up a bag of it when they visit the island; they then use it to give as gifts
to friends and comrades
My Dad is my connection to the famous picture and to the volcanic ash. You see, young Tiger Szych was there
with the 4th Marine Division and often told me how difficult it was to run up that beach on the 19th of February, 1945.
How he and his buddies sank into the black sand and were pumping their legs so furiously but going so slowly in
their desperation to get off the beach, get out of the killing zone.
It was the second time I had some of the sacred volcanic sands of Iwo Jima. The previous small vial that someone
had given to me I sprinkled in my Dad’s grave in his beloved hometown of Hatfield, Massachusetts, where we buried
him two and a half years ago. As I thought of him that day, I dearly wished that my father was still around for what
would be the 60th anniversary of the battle of Iwo Jima, wearing that hat of his with the 4th Marine Division patch on
it. He was so proud of the Corps and the entire U.S. military. This summer, a new movie, directed by Clint Eastwood
and produced by Stephen Spielberg, will be released named after the book, “Flag of Our Fathers.” It will tell the story
of the flag raisers at Iwo Jima but also tell the story of the hell that my father and his buddies and all combat Marines
experienced on the now storied island in the Pacific. I know it will shock many people how violent that war really was
and how much blood was spilled on their behalf on those remote, but beautiful and lush, Pacific islands.
Since my father’s death, I have been in contact with his foxhole buddy, Carl Dearborn. Mr. Dearborn had written
to me to tell me that it came to him in his sleep why my Dad and another fellow Marine, Chick Ryan, were “called
to heaven”. Carl wrote, “God knew he would have all those young Marines reporting in and he would need help
getting them orientated. He sure got two good men to help him.” He continued, “Chick Ryan went in at 14 years old
and was 16 on Iwo. He passed away the same week your Dad did. We are down to four original men of F Company”.
They started with over 200 men.
Can we ever thank them – and all the guys like them – enough or too many times? No way. But I know I speak
for my Dad, for Carl, for Chick, and all the men of F Company, when I tell you they would want the American people
to do one thing. And that is to remember all those young men who never made it off those beaches at places like
Saipan and Iwo Jima, and all those who died – and die still – for this nation.
We have a special day every year to do this – Memorial Day. On May 29 (or on May 28 in my hometown of Hatfield)
let us once again remember the 7,000 who fell at Iwo Jima over 60 years ago, and also remember those who more
recently fell at places like Fallujah and Baghdad.
May God Bless the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, our military men and women, and all who serve to protect
the freedoms won at such a heavy price.
Lt Col, USAF (Retired)
West Hatfield, Massachusetts
Tel: (413) 247-5217
A Question of Honor, a Matter of Faith - May 19, 2006
As far as my program...I have chosen my campaign slogan very carefully...A Question of Honor,
a Matter of Faith...and much of it derives from my Polish Heritage. The first part comes from the
book about the Kosciuszko Squadron by the same name (A Question of Honor, The Kosciuszko
Squadron, Forgotten Heroes of World War II by Olson and Cloud). The book covers much more
than the Squadron...it really tells the history of Poland during WWII.
The second half of my campaign slogan is "a Matter of Faith"...by this I mean Faith in America,
Faith in our Children, and Faith in God." I think most Polish Americans will strongly agree with my
unshakeable belief that America is still humanity's best champion of individual dignity and freedom-
loving peoples everywhere. All of this (and my stance on all the major issues of the day) will surface
during the next five months and I will have plenty of opportunity to make sure people in the First
Congressional District understand my background, my character, and my vision for a better District,
a better Massachusetts and a better America.
CONGRESSIONAL CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF EVENT - 15, 2006
William H. "Billy" Szych, will kick-off his campaign for the 1st
Congressional District on Monday, May 15, at 6:00 PM. The kick-off event
will take place at the Memorial Town Hall, 59 Main Street, Hatfield,
[now moved to Hatfield Lion's Club Pavilion],
Massachusetts, and will be followed by a reception at Post 344 of the
American Legion in Hatfield on the corner of Prospect and Elm streets.
Szych is a native son of Massachusetts who grew up in Hatfield and
attended public schools there. He is a 1971 graduate of Smith Academy,
Hatfield's public high school, and a 1975 graduate of the University of
Massachusetts at Amherst where he received a BA in Political Science with
honors. Szych is a past commander of American Legion Post 344 in
Hatfield and a former member of the Hatfield Lions Club.
Szych retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1995
after twenty years service on active duty. He was working as Hatfield's
first Town Administrator on September 11, 2001. As a result of the
terrorist attacks, Szych volunteered to return to active duty under a
limited program created by special act of Congress prior to 9-11. Once
back on active duty, Szych volunteered to deploy to Iraq, and was assigned
to Central Command's (CENTCOM) Forward Headquarters in Qatar. There,
he helped man the Iraqi Desk in CENTCOM’s Joint Operations Center for
three months before asking to be re-assigned to Baghdad. For the next
four months he worked on the air operations staff of the Multi-National
Corps – Iraq, at Camp Victory South, on the outskirts of Baghdad.
After his return from Iraq, Szych was given the leadership of a special
Air Force-wide special project to develop new strategies and systems to
help defeat the Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) currently being
used by enemy forces to terrorize the civilian populations of Iraq and
Afghanistan and also being used by our enemies to disrupt the
reconstruction and democratization efforts in those countries.
Szych reverted to retired military status in July of last year and was
hired by L3 Communications as a Senior Military Analyst. He worked in
the Pentagon in support of the Air Force representatives who sit as
voting members on the Joint Boards which approve major changes to all
current, multi-billion dollar, weapons systems. The Boards also review and
approve major initiatives for future weapon system programs.
Szych returned to Hatfield in April to run for U.S. Congress as an
un-enrolled candidate. The November 7th midterm election will determine
who represent the 1st Congressional District – Massachusetts' largest,
made up of over 100 cities and towns in Western and Central
As part of his campaign, Szych will travel to each of the cities and
towns in his district in order to personally meet as many citizens as
possible. Another major part of his strategy is the development of a
state-of-the-art web site to implement what he has called “Net-Centric
Democracy.” A third major initiative of Szych’s campaign is to energize high
school and college-age students, helping them understand and
participate directly in the democratic traditions of the Commonwealth and the
United States, and preparing our next generation of leaders.
Billy Szych for Congress
P.O. Box 62, North Hatfield, MA 01066
Phone – (413) 247-9247