Letter: Meet the candidate
My name is Lee Mulcahy, and I’m running for state senator in Colorado’s 5th Senate District.
I believe that neither party represents the will of the majority of the people, instead only serving the interests of its largest campaign contributors, the corporations and the billionaires.
I dug irrigation ditches to pay for my education at university. I’m an Eagle Scout. I believe that Colorado is riding the crest of the wave on federal overreach. I’m going to surf that wave to give the common man a voice in government. God gave me the opportunity to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world, and I intend to give back. I believe in what I’m doing. My steering committee has endorsed my platform:
• Raise the minimum wage on giant corporations.
• Save Thompson Divide.
• State nullification of Obamacare.
The Denver Post reported, “Recently (Gov. John) Hickenlooper threatened to sue any municipality that bans oil and gas development in city limits, saying state regulations trump local controls.”
Does my Democrat opponent agree with the governor? I don’t.
My friend Gail Schwartz, whom I have volunteered with at the airport for the Aspen Institute, currently the Democratic senator, who is term-limited, told me we don’t need a raise in the minimum wage. Again, I don’t agree.
My Democrat opponent, who formerly worked in management for Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, refuses to say whether giant corporations like Vail Resorts or Aspen Skiing Co. (owned by out-of-state billionaires) should pay a living wage. I believe both should: Aspen Skiing Co. recently got busted for minimum-wage violations.
A raise in the minimum wage is an important issues to voters who work for giant Vail and monopoly Aspen, whereas the Western Slope Watchdog has reported that my Republican opponent sees the creeping influence of “Agenda 21” on governmental decisions.
“It’s absolutely here,” he said. “The thing about Agenda 21 that the liberals didn’t expect is it gave the liberal playbook a name.”
My Republican opponent “also expressed dismay that he would not be able to leave his 25-round Ruger pistol to his children.”
I don’t believe either of these candidates represents the will of the people.
I hope you will vote for me in November.
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