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Vail Daily letter: Why I’m running

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 their 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 over-reach. 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 the Thompson Divide.

• State nullification of Obamacare.

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The Denver Post reported, "Recently (Gov.) 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, the current 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 if giant corporations like Vail Resorts or Aspen Ski Co. (owned by out of state billionaires) should pay a living wage. I believe both should: Aspen Skiing recently got busted for minimum wage violations.

My Democratic opponent also has declined to say whether she would support the governor's "gun safety" measures recently signed that a majority of Colorado Sheriffs regard as unconstitutional. I believe they're unconstitutional.

A raise in the minimum wage and the Second Amendment rights are important issues to voters.

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 2014.

And if believe in liberty, please send your donations to Lee Mulcahy for Senate, 53 Forge Road, Aspen CO 81611.

Lee Mulcahy

Aspen