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
If it were up to John W. Hargis, voters would do a lot more voting.
The unaffiliated candidate for the 3rd Congressional District says that if he is elected, he will poll the public on his website before he casts a vote in Congress.
I intend to place my ideas before the public to create a better plan. I know my limits, and I also know that no legislature, program or proposition serves the people without their input, Hargis said in an e-mail interview.
He is highly critical of the current Congress, especially the arm-twisting that Democrats used to pass the health-care bill.
The thing that bothered me the most, and compelled me to run for Congress, is the bribery (Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid and others did to pass Obamacare, Hargis said.
Hargis has extensive experience with health care as a patient. He broke his neck in a 1995 automobile accident while on a Christmas tree-cutting trip, and he still suffers from a bruised spine. He lost his construction business during a prolonged battle with his insurance company.
He also is hard of hearing and communicates best through e-mail.
My experience is actually living the issues we face, he said.
Hargis would like to see all money repaid from the federal bailout of banks placed into an account to help local banks make loans to local businesses. That is the only surefire way to reduce unemployment, he said.
Hargis thinks members of Congress should listen more to their voters. Unlike many critics of Congress, he does not promise to never support earmarked spending, but he would let voters tell him through his website whether a particular earmark deserves support.
During Congressional recesses, he promises to convene committees of people from various industries, like construction and food service, to tell Congress how best to improve the economy.
Hargis was born in Florida and served in the U.S. Navy. He also has worked as a construction company owner, restaurant manager, bar bouncer, private investigator and repo man.
Hargis is running as a write-in candidate, so his name will not appear on the Nov. 2 ballot.
His website is http://johnwhargissr4congress.webs.com.