Editors note: Voters in the 3rd Congressional District have a choice beyond the Republican or Democratic candidate. Today, the Herald looks at three non-major party candidates.
By Joe Hanel
Herald Denver Bureau
Jake Segrest agrees in spirit with tea party groups and their criticism of the government, but he thinks some people in the taxed enough already movement are missing the larger point.
Everybody makes a fuss over paying taxes, Segrest said. Taxes arent that big an issue anymore for business its regulation.
Segrest, who has run several small businesses, is running for Congress as an unaffiliated candidate from the Western Slope.
Segrests name will appear on the ballot because he gathered enough petition signatures. He is financing the campaign with more than $11,000 of his own money, as of July, when the last campaign finance reports came out.
The doors of opportunity are closing for young people who want to start a business, like he did three decades ago, he said.
In the deep recession of the early 1980s, he and his brother opened a gas station with nothing more than $9.87, a case of Checker oil and a hand tool box.
We just got after it, he said.
But thats no longer possible today, with local governments wanting to regulate everything from a business landscaping to whether it uses asphalt or cement, he said.
He blames both Democrats and Republicans for a culture of more regulation and more government spending.
They seem to be like the junior high chemistry lab, where they keep performing the same experiment with the same ingredients and the same proportions and expecting a different result, Segrest said.
He does not want to see a tax cut, but he does demand cuts in government spending. The government already cant afford what it has, from global military commitment to a domestic bureaucracy, he said. A tax cut would just make it worse, but spending cuts are necessary, he said.
We dont need a Department of Agriculture as big as we have it. We dont need a Department of Education at all, Segrest said. We need to return to the commonsense approach our ancestors had. We cant afford all this stuff.
His website is www.jakesegrest.com.