My name is Charles Lollar and I want to represent you in the United States Congress. I am not a professional politician, I don't represent any special interest group and I'm not famous enough to be considered a celebrity. Many consider people like us to be just ordinary, but you and I know better.
We live in a country where our freedoms are guaranteed by the Constitution, where the government serves at the pleasure of its citizens, and the individual is left free to pursue his own dreams, opportunities and goals. It is that birthright to freedom that makes us special and allows so-called ordinary folks to do extraordinary acts.
Today I decided to run for Congress. Not because I was born rich, famous, or have connections to a powerful political family. I am running for Congress because like you, I am ready to work for a new day in Maryland, one in which the ordinary, common sense solutions that unite us, prevails over ineffective, special interest rhetoric that divides us.
Charles was born in Toppenish, Washington, a sleepy western town boasting a diverse mix of cultures. His father, a tax consultant, instilled in him an old fashioned work ethic while his mother, a librarian, taught him how to be compassionate and caring for his fellow man. Their efforts would prove to be essential to him and have a huge impact on his future.
At the age of 13 Charles delivered newspapers before going to school every morning. He worked his way through both high school and college by bagging groceries, stocking shelves, and selling items door-to-door.
Charles and his wife, Rosha, have been married for sixteen years and reside in Charles County, Md. They are the proud parents of four daughters ranging in age from eleven to fifteen years old. Charles and his family are active members of Trinity Christian Center.
After attending McEachern High School, Charles earned an AA degree from Emory University, a Bachelor's of Science degree in Political Science from Kennesaw University and an MBA from Regent University.
Professionally Charles is the General Manager for Cintas, a facility services corporation with over 23 million dollars in sales. He oversees 170 employees at their Prince George's County, Md. facility, a role which has enabled him to interact extensively with the diverse and varied communities of Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince Georges, and St. Mary's County.
Not surprisingly, his "get up and go" attitude, willingness to work hard and desire to excel in service to others led him to join the one organization that would enable him to achieve all of the above, the United States Marine Corps. Charles proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps where he was on active duty in Kosovo. Presently, Charles serves as a Major in the Marine Corps Reserves where he is an intelligence officer.
Never one to ask of others what he would not do himself, Charles has been active in numerous community organizations. He serves on the Executive Board of Directors for the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and is also a member of the DC Chamber of Commerce. He is a graduate of both Leadership Maryland and Leadership Prince George's County. Charles also served as the Chairman of the Charles County Republican Central Committee and the Chairman of the Maryland GOP Taxpayers Commission where he fought to protect the interests of Maryland taxpayers.
During his time as an active-duty Marine, he graduated from Officer Candidate School and was awarded several medals and decorations including: the Kosovo Campaign Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Combat Action Ribbon, and Joint Meritorious Unit Award.