Halo composer announces run for Congress as a Republican

The composer of the Halo video game franchise has announced his candidacy for Congress in Nevada, where he will run as a Republican candidate.

In announcing his run in Nevada’s 3rd District, Marty O’Donnell said he never had a desire to run for office and still does not want to run. However, he noticed that “something has gone horribly wrong” in the economy, making it hard to live for small-business owners and middle-class residents, which he aims to address should he be elected.

“I’m tired of seeing the leaders of our country being influenced by the toxic divisions that are tearing apart our families and society,” O’Donnell wrote in a statement on X. “It’s time for me to step up and do my civic duty. To give back and try and change things for the better. If not me, who? If not now, when?”

Other concerns O’Donnell wants to address include security along the border, something he says the federal and state governments ought to be working on together. He added that it is “unacceptable” seeing the U.S. government at war with itself, possibly referencing the feud between Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) and the Biden administration over the governor’s handling of securing the border.

O’Donnell also said the “old-fashioned ‘family values’” have been greatly diminished over the past few years and that children in the United States are “suffering” because of this. The composer said he wants to “champion the traditional family” as an important factor in a child’s upbringing, adding that he would recognize “all who step up to provide for their children.”

“I’m ready to go to D.C. and see if I can help bring back sanity and civility to the public discourse on these issues and all the other issues that face our great nation,” O’Donnell said. “We need bold leaders for such a time as this.”

In an interview about his campaign, O’Donnell revealed he voted for former President Donald Trump twice and said he plans on doing so again later this year if Trump is the Republican presidential nominee. His support for the former president stems from how the U.S. had a secure border and “no inflation” during the Trump presidency.

“But no matter who is elected this November, if I have the privilege to serve, I plan to work with them,” O’Donnell said. “That’s what voters expect, and that’s what I’ll do.”


O’Donnell, 68, began working on sound design and video game music in 1997 and is best known for his work on the first five Halo video games, which were released between 2001 and 2010. He moved to Las Vegas several years ago so he could live close to his grandchildren.

Nevada’s 3rd District is considered to be a swing district and is occupied by Rep. Susie Lee (D-NV). Lee is on her third term in office and is seeking a fourth this November. Aside from O’Donnell, the candidates in the district’s Republican primary include policy analyst Drew Johnson, former Nevada Treasurer Dan Schwartz, and former state Sen. Elizabeth Helgelien.

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