Though most of the political attention turned toward the heated battle between Republican Ken Buck and Democratic incumbent Michael Bennet for one of Coloradoâ€™s U.S. Senate seats, there are five other candidates for voters to consider.
The other ballot choices include three unaffiliated runners â€“â€“ J. Moromisato, Charley Miller and Jason Napolitano â€“â€“ Libertarian Maclyn Stringer and Bob Kinsey, who is running under the Green Party.
â€œAll we ever see is Ken Buck and Michael Bennet eating each other alive,â€ said Sarah Trujillo, freshman animal science major.
But in all, there will be seven names to chose from on the Nov. 2 ballot for the U.S. Senate seat.
Bob Kinsey, Green Party
Bob Kinsey is no stranger to Colorado politics, as he ran against Sen. Mark Udall in 2008, obtaining more than 50,000 votes.
Kinsey, a Marine Corps veteran who served three years active duty, is now a retired Jefferson County high school teacher and a retired United Church of Christ clergyman.
Kinsey said his â€œreal world experiencesâ€ have led him to advocate to reduce the robust military and defense budget and to build up infrastructure with tax incentives for those who do it responsibly in regard to the environment. Also he is an advocate for the global reduction of nuclear weapons.
â€œWe need to be directed towards a sustainable economy.â€ Kinsey said.
Kinsey also proposes the idea that the government uses the military budget and allocates those funds to hire the unemployed for $50,000 per year to build up sustainable infrastructure and a sustainable mass transit system.
Charley Miller, unaffiliated
Charley Miller is running because he believes the â€œunaffiliated modelâ€ is the model for the 21st Century.
Millerâ€™s campaign attempts to gather votes for those Americans who are tired of the bi-partisan bickering, he said, pointing to the Buck verses Bennet as an â€œout-of-control circus.â€
â€œThe real answer is to stop the insanity,â€ Miller said. â€œThe definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results. Look, you know the two-party system is out-of-control. Letâ€™s fix it.â€
Millerâ€™s platform calls for direct loans to small businesses to get the economy going again, as well a reducing spending, securing our borders and working with both sides of the aisle.
J. Moromisato, a now-retired former professor at San Marcos University in Lima, Peru and research associate in Northeastern University in Boston, has created a proposal that he campaigns on called â€œThe Denver Plan.â€
â€œThe aim of the Denver Plan is to end unemployment,â€ Moromisato said. â€œOnce you solve unemployment, all the remaining problems will be solved or just disappear.â€
Moromisato hopes to take his Denver Plan to Washington, where he can convince other legislatures to adopt and instill his economic reform agenda.
â€œThe Denver Planâ€ is available in entirety on Moromisatoâ€™s website or in his book â€œThe Large Pocket Denver Plan.â€ Condensed versions are also available, the plan includes the following:
- Full reserve lending,
- More progressive taxation,
- A cap on incomes,
- No-interest loans from the Fed to all levels of government,
- Balance trade agreement,
- A U.S. Bank for global trade,
- A cap on salaries, and
- No taxes on business activities.
Like many of the â€œotherâ€ candidates in this election, Moromisato is not a politician. In fact, with the current angst in the country, the non-politicians that are running hope to use this title to their advantage.
Jason Napolitano, unaffiliated
Jason Napolitano said the government needs to make tough decisions regarding our growing debt and expensive programs like Medicaid and Social Security.
These programs, he said, have proven to be expensive and on an unsustainable path, and young Americans should be concerned because they will be paying down the debt.
â€œEveryone just ignores it,â€ Napolitano said. â€œIf Iâ€™m a student, and I actually want to have some of these benefits in the future, I need someone in Washington who is going to address these problems now.â€
Napolitanoâ€™s plan for financial reform involves allocating resources into infrastructure and creating a government program allowing companies to hire employees with the government paying their wages during the training process.
Those workers would be on unemployment anyway, and with his plan they would be out in the workforce gaining skills. The program would also work as a deterrent to those on welfare from becoming apathetic, he said.
â€œWe need to find a way to get those people back to work and get them some skills so they can go out and earn a good wage,â€ Napolitano said.
Maclyn â€œMacâ€ Stringer, Libertarian
CSU graduate and candidate Maclyn Stringer is a small business owner who hopes to tap into the animosity toward politicians and obtain votes so he can reduce the size and spending of government.
â€œI believe our Founding Fathers wanted our government run by citizen legislatures, not professional politicians,â€ Stringer said. â€œThey wanted us to go to Washington, serve a little bit of time there and come back to our careers.â€
Stringerâ€™s main issues include the end of corporate welfare and eliminate government waste. Stringer says he wants to speak for the people of Colorado and to make the tough decisions.
Staff Writer Chadwick Bowman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.