Dean Madere is a self-described â€œconstitutional conservative,â€ a term that he said defines a new breed of Republican.
A first time candidate for Senate, Madere said during a meet-and-greet at the Larimer County Republican Headquarters that he thinks Washington D.C. is out of touch with the people.
â€œIf the decision makers are in Denver youâ€™re going to have a voice,â€ he said, explaining that his ideal government would be based closer to its people.
The freshman candidate hopes to establish a coalition of â€œlike-minded individualsâ€ if elected in November. With this coalition, he promised to protect the state from a federal government he said has imposed upon and often blackmailed the states.
As a freshman candidate, Madere said if he wins the elections he hopes to establish a coalition of â€œlike-minded individualsâ€ and tackle the issue.
â€œThe states need to push back,â€ he said, citing the current controversy over the healthcare legislation.
â€œItâ€™s not a matter of left and right, itâ€™s a matter of â€˜we have a rule book,â€™â€ he said.
Madere, who promised he is a lot older than he looks, currently lives in Loveland with his family where he works as a territory manager for the heating and air conditioning manufacture Lennox Industries.
Calling himself a â€œgrassroots candidate,â€ Madere said though his involvement with the Northern Colorado Tea Party â€“â€“ a local activist group focused on upholding the U.S. Constitution â€“â€“ mobilized his campaign, he has been interested in politics since he was a kid.
â€œI donâ€™t want to save just the Republican party, I want to save the republic,â€ he said.
Tate Hedgespeth, a political science student at Front Range Community College, said Madereâ€™s focus on the importance of the 10th Amendment, which allows each state the powers not delegated by the federal government or the Constitution, caught his attention.
â€œThroughout school we learned the Constitution is the way of the land,â€ Hedgespeth said.
While he thinks Madere will be able to get the ball rolling on reforming the system, he said he doesnâ€™t see it happening in one term.
Madereâ€™s platform also supports allowing all fossil fuels and renewable energy sources to compete in a free market and eliminating all forms of tax credits.
â€œThe bottom line is, youâ€™ve got to start somewhere if you want to change things,â€ Madere said.
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