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for: U.S. Senate, Colorado
November 2004 General Election
Candidates' Positions and Views on Other Issues where Information is Available:
The report below lists the candidate responses to issue questions and biographical information. The responses were provided by Wayne Allard, Ben Nighthorse Campbell, Douglas "Dayhorse" Campbell, Pete Coors, Victor Good, Finn Gotaas, John R. "Rob" Harris, Richard Randall and Ken Salazar or were obtained from their websites. The candidates select the issues and questions for which they want to provide a response. The first link is a report of all the issues and questions made available to the candidates. Many issues and questions had no responses - links are only provided where we have information. If there are many candidates for this office, you may have to scroll down to compare all responses.
Biographical Wayne Allard - R



Ben Nighthorse Campbell - R



Douglas "Dayhorse" Campbell - C



Age:     68
General: (goals, objectives, views, philosophies) U.S. Senator Wayne Allard is a Colorado veterinarian committed to cutting taxes, eliminating the deficit, returning power to state and local governments and assuring the security of America both at home and abroad. In December of 2004, Senator Allard was appointed to serve on the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee in the 109th Congress, where he will be working to shape the nation's spending priorities and to ensure that Colorado's people and projects receive federal support where it is most needed. He serves as well on the Senate Budget Committee. As a fiscal conservative, Senator Allard believes that Congress must reduce wasteful spending and strive for a balanced budget. He is also a member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, where he is the Chairman of the Housing and Transportation Subcommittee; additionally, he serves on the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and the Subcommittee on Securities and Investments. During the first session of the 108th Congress, Senator Allard successfully secured the passage of the American Dream Down Payment Act, which will help thousand of first-time home buyers realize the American dream of home ownership. In January 2005, Senator Allard was reappointed by Senate Majority Whip Mitch McConnell to serve as a Deputy Majority Whip. He is also the Chairman of the Senate Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus, and the Space Caucus.   I will vote the Constitution.
Personal: (gender, age, marital status, spouse, children, residence) Senator Allard was born in Fort Collins, Colorado, on December 2, 1943, and raised on a ranch near Walden, Colorado. Allard married Joan Malcolm. The Allards raised their two daughters, Christi and Cheryl, in Loveland and have five grandsons.   Male; Age:58; Widowed; Children:Jennifer, Amanda, and Sean; Home Town:Arvada, CO
Education: (schools, colleges, major, degrees) Allard received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 1968.   AA, Engineering Technology, DeAnza Community College, Cupertino, CA, 1969 BS, Business Administration, University of Colorado, 1974
Profession: (profession,work experience outside politics) Allards built their veterinary practice in Loveland, the Allard Animal Hospital, from scratch. Allard served as Health Officer for City of Loveland in 1970-1978 and as Chair of Board of Health in 1980.   Teacher, engineering technician
Military: (branch, service, active duty, rank, honors, discharge) None.   U.S. Air Force Reserve ; Years of Service:1966-71
Civic: (organizations, charities) American Veterinarian Medical Association Colorado Veterinarian Medical Association Loveland Rotary Club.    
Political: (offices held) Allard represented Larimer and Weld Counties in the Colorado State Senate from 1983 to 1990. He was best known during his time in the Colorado State Senate for sponsoring the state law that limits state legislative sessions to 120 days, preserving the concept of a "citizen-legislator." Senator Allard served in the U.S. House of Representatives from Colorado's 4th Congressional District from 1991 to 1996.    
Religion: (religious affiliations and beliefs) Protestant.    
Accomplishments: (awards, achievements) Allards built their veterinary practice in Loveland, the Allard Animal Hospital, from scratch. In December of 2004, Senator Allard was appointed to serve on the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee in the 109th Congress. He serves as well on the Senate Budget Committee. He is also a member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, where he is the Chairman of the Housing and Transportation Subcommittee; additionally, he serves on the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and the Subcommittee on Securities and Investments. During the first session of the 108th Congress, Senator Allard successfully secured the passage of the American Dream Down Payment Act, which will help thousand of first-time home buyers realize the American dream of home ownership. In January 2005, Senator Allard was reappointed by Senate Majority Whip Mitch McConnell to serve as a Deputy Majority Whip. He is also the Chairman of the Senate Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus, and the Space Caucus.    
Biographical Pete Coors - R



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Victor Good - REF



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Finn Gotaas - U



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General: (goals, objectives, views, philosophies) At this critical crossroads in American history, I believe we are all called to step up to even greater service. That's why I'm running for the U.S. Senate. In a U.S. Senate dominated by lawyers and professional politicians I believe there is room for at least one new Senator with real-world business experience, bringing fresh perspective and new leadership to a Congress too often gridlocked by stale ideas and political gridlock. With your help, I can be that Senator. Working together we can reduce the crushing tax burden, create more good-paying jobs, help parents get the best education for their children, and protect our special quality of life. And we can pull together to protect our homeland, keeping us safe from terrorism. We can do these things and more - if we step up together. The US Senate race in Colorado has come down to a choice of the Good, the Bad or the Ugly! We've all heard enough from Mr. Salazar and Mr. Coors! Enough of the Bad and the Ugly! It's time to vote for "GOOD"! Take advantage of your opportunity to support Victor Good for US Senate. CALL 10 PEOPLE YOU KNOW AND ASK THEM TO VOTE FOR VICTOR GOOD FOR SENATE. Ask them to pass the word to 10 more people with the same request. DO IT NOW- EARLY VOTING HAS STARTED!!!! HELP THROW THE BALANCE OF POWER IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE TO AN INDEPENDENT REFORMER WHO IS UNCORRUPTED BY THE PAC AND SPECIAL INTEREST CONTRIBUTIONS THAT HAVE CORRUPTED OUR POLITICAL PROCESS. The voters are currently only hearing about THE BAD & THE UGLY - let's make them aware of "GOOD"!! DON'T FORGET THIS RACE CAN HAVE SERIOUS NATIONAL IMPACT! The balance of power is at stake in the US Senate, and an Independent Reformer could be the swing vote. Colorado is equally divided between Independents, Democrats and Republicans. The major party candidates are spending millions of dollars and the voters are being turned off by the whole ordeal and are looking for a viable option. The Colorado media and the major parties don't even want to acknowledge that there's an Independent choice. A choice for "GOOD" government. The Victor Good for Senate campaign accepts no contributions from special interests or corporations--just from voters like you who care about the future of our country. If you believe in TRUE freedoms, if you believe that the underdog can win, if you believe the political system in this country needs a shock, DON'T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO VOTE FOR GOOD! visit web site at- WWW.VOTEGOOD.US The most important issues facing America today: 1. Universal Health Care - My plan calls for a privately administered, federally funded (with federal taxes and a 'Graduated Corporate Health Care Contribution) program that is affordable for everyone. It is vital to the entire nations welfare that we provide this benefit for all. It could be model on or an extension of the government employees plan in Washington D. C. 2. Education - Increase funding, increase Social Skills, Languages and Arts programs. Delay other fiscal programs if necessary and de-emphasize national test scores. 3. Social Security - Preserve and enhance. My plan calls for using this years surplus, approximately 89 million dollars, by giving it to national banks to used for loans and mortgages with a percentage of the profits paid to the fund. This will preserve and enhance the principal and return money to the economy. 4. Security - Instead of using our national resources to fight so called 'wars of liberation' , because the Iraq conflict was neither justified nor imminently necessary; once our needs are met at home we should use our resources to perform worldwide acts of kindness, i.e. clean drinking water for everyone, win their hearts and then their minds and earn everyone's' respect, instead of making enemies.
Personal: (gender, age, marital status, spouse, children, residence) Male; Age:58; Married; Spouse:Marilyn; Children:Father of six children; Place of Birth:Golden, CO; Home Town:Golden, CO WWW.VOTEGOOD.US; Age:WWW.VOTEGOOD.US; WWW.VOTEGOOD.US; Spouse:WWW.VOTEGOOD.US; Children:WWW.VOTEGOOD.US; Place of Birth:WWW.VOTEGOOD.US; Home Town:WWW.VOTEGOOD.US  
Education: (schools, colleges, major, degrees) bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Cornell University master's degree in business administration from the University of Denver in 1970 WWW.VOTEGOOD.US WWW.VOTEGOOD.US WWW.VOTEGOOD.US  
Profession: (profession,work experience outside politics)   WWW.VOTEGOOD.US WWW.VOTEGOOD.US  
Military: (branch, service, active duty, rank, honors, discharge)      
Civic: (organizations, charities) His numerous and diverse civic responsibilities include serving as a trustee and member of the executive board of the Denver Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and a member of the National Western Stock Show Association executive committee. He also is a member of the International Chapter of Young Presidents Organization and a trustee for the Seeds of Hope Foundation. Pete serves as Chairman for the Vision 2006 Campaign for Johnson & Wales University at Denver and is a board member of the University of Colorado Hospital.    
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Religion: (religious affiliations and beliefs) Catholic Previous Affiliations:Episcopalian    
Accomplishments: (awards, achievements)      
Biographical John R. "Rob" Harris - I



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Richard Randall - L



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Ken Salazar - D



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General: (goals, objectives, views, philosophies) I would like to invite you to join with me in sending Washington D.C. a message: We want our Civil Liberties protected. I am an Independent who represents the citizens of Colorado, not political party interests. I first registered as an Independent in September of 2001 after the first Patriot Act was passed. I decided in 2003 to run for the United States Senate after the press release of the 2nd Patriot Act. We have also witnessed the worst fiscal irresponsibility in Washington ever seen. I can no longer stand by as Washington continues to eviscerate our Bill of Rights and Constitution. I believe that the values of American individualism and freedom, rooted in the Constitution and Bill of Rights, form the basis for our national unity and are the essential elements of our national strength. My positions on the issues facing this nation are consistent with these documents and are based upon the princples of the Libertarian Party. Libertarian Party - Statement of Principles: "We hold that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose." Ken Salazar was elected to the United States Senate in November 2004 as Colorado's thirty-fifth United States Senator. A fifth generation Coloradan, Ken and his family have been farmers and ranchers in the San Luis Valley since before Colorado became a state. As Colorado's Senator, Ken Salazar fights for Colorado's people. He champions a strong defense and homeland security, including military, veterans and law enforcement needs; economic opportunity and security, including energy independence; revitalizing rural America and agriculture; affordable health care; and protecting America's land and water. Salazar helped lead the successful bipartisan effort to pass the National Energy Policy Act of 2005, an important first step toward energy independence. He has since helped form a bipartisan coalition of ten Senators pressing for greater use of renewable fuels and improved motor vehicle efficiency. He worked with Republicans and Democrats to reauthorize the PATRIOT Act so that it provides our Nation's law enforcement agencies with the tools necessary to fight terrorism while at the same time ensuring that our basic constitutional rights are protected. Senator Salazar has also partnered with Arizona Senator John McCain to propose a national, non-partisan commission to undertake a fresh review of health care in America, and to develop real solutions to our health care crisis. Ken is a member of five Senate Committees: Agriculture, Energy & Natural Resources, Veterans Affairs, Ethics, and Aging.
Personal: (gender, age, marital status, spouse, children, residence) Male; Age:37; Married 16 years; Spouse:Ann, 34; Children:Chelsi, 15; AnnaChristina, 13; Jakob, 11; Eli, 9; Zedekiah, 5, John, 2; Place of Birth:California; Home Town:Lakewood, Colorado Male; Age:47; Divorced; reside in Highlands Ranch, CO Born on March 2, 1955, in Colorado, Salazar is married to Hope and has two children: Melinda and Andrea.
Education: (schools, colleges, major, degrees) Rocky Mountain High School, Byron Wy 1985 Lettered in Basketball and Track Numerous Math awards F.F.A. vice-president 2 yrs. Student Council AA - Psychology - Northwest Collge, Powell, WY - 1989 Certificate of Graduation - Accounting Management - Barnes Business College, Denver, CO - 1991 BA - Psychology - Regis University, Denver, CO 1994 P.O.S.T. Certification - Red Rocks Police Academy, Lakewood, CO 1995 Degree in Electronic Sciences. Salazar received a political science degree from Colorado College in 1977 received a law degree in 1981 from the University of Michigan.
Profession: (profession,work experience outside politics) 1990-04 Independent Contractor, Denver Newspaper Agency 1996-03 Police Officer, Morrison P.D. 1996-97 ATM Technician, Bantek 1995-96 Security Officer, American Protective Services 1990-94 Corrections Counselor, Independence House 1989-90 Juvenile Facility Manager, Youth Benefits Unlimited Management Consultant. Ken has been a farmer and rancher in the San Luis Valley, a natural resources lawyer, and small business owner much of his life. He and his wife have owned radio stations in Pueblo and Denver and have owned and operated a Dairy Queen in Westminster. Ken Salazar has also served as the chief legal counsel to the Governor, chairman of the Rio Grande Compact Commission, and practiced water, environmental and public lands law for eleven years in the private sector. From 1990 to 1994 Ken Salazar served in the Cabinet of Governor Roy Romer as the executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. Among his accomplishments as executive director, Ken crafted reforms for oil, mining, and gas operations to better protect the environment and the public, protected Colorado's interstate water compacts, and created the Youth in Natural Resources program that allowed thousands of Colorado's young people to work on and learn about Colorado's natural resources. And he co-authored the Colorado constitutional amendment creating Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), led the successful campaign for its passage, and served as its first chairman. GOCO is the most successful land conservation effort in modern Colorado history.
Military: (branch, service, active duty, rank, honors, discharge) N/A ; Years of Service:0 None None.
Civic: (organizations, charities) ; Board of Directors - Jefferson County Youth Alcohol Intervention Program (Y.A.I.P.) 2001-2003 I actively support FreedomWorks Colorado and Colorado Citizens for Property Rights. Attorney General Salazar has served on many boards and commissions including six years as Chair of the Peace Officers Standards and Training Board, the Colorado Water Conservation Board and selection committees for United States Attorney and Federal District Court judges. He has served on many nonprofit boards. He is currently a member of the American Farmland Trust President's Council and the Board of Trustees of Colorado College.
Political: (offices held)   Currently serving second term as the Legislative Director for the Libertarian Party of Colorado. Before his election to the U.S. Senate, Ken Salazar served for six years as Colorado's 36th Attorney General from 1999 through 2004, winning statewide elections to that office in 1998 and 2002. Ken served as chairman of the Conference of Western Attorneys General and received the "Profiles in Courage" award from his fellow state attorneys general in recognition of his dedication to preserving and promoting the rule of law. Ken Salazar led efforts to fight crime and to make Colorado communities safer, strengthen the state's sex offender laws, address youth and family violence, enhance and enforce Colorado's consumer protection laws, combat fraud against the elderly, and protect Colorado's environment. As Attorney General Ken Salazar established the first-ever Colorado Attorney General Fugitive Prosecutions Unit to apprehend and prosecute fugitive murderers, the first-ever Attorney General Gang Prosecution Unit, and an Environmental Crimes Unit.
Religion: (religious affiliations and beliefs) The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (L.D.S.) Beliefs:I have a strong belief in family values. A country is only as strong as its families are. Thus I will introduce legislation that will help preserve and protect families.   Catholic
Accomplishments: (awards, achievements)     From 1990 to 1994 Ken Salazar served in the Cabinet of Governor Roy Romer as the executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. Among his accomplishments as executive director, Ken crafted reforms for oil, mining, and gas operations to better protect the environment and the public, protected Colorado's interstate water compacts, and created the Youth in Natural Resources program that allowed thousands of Colorado's young people to work on and learn about Colorado's natural resources. And he co-authored the Colorado constitutional amendment creating Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), led the successful campaign for its passage, and served as its first chairman. GOCO is the most successful land conservation effort in modern Colorado history. Before his election to the U.S. Senate, Ken Salazar served for six years as Colorado's 36th Attorney General from 1999 through 2004, winning statewide elections to that office in 1998 and 2002. Ken served as chairman of the Conference of Western Attorneys General and received the "Profiles in Courage" award from his fellow state attorneys general in recognition of his dedication to preserving and promoting the rule of law. Salazar helped lead the successful bipartisan effort to pass the National Energy Policy Act of 2005, an important first step toward energy independence. He has since helped form a bipartisan coalition of ten Senators pressing for greater use of renewable fuels and improved motor vehicle efficiency. He worked with Republicans and Democrats to reauthorize the PATRIOT Act so that it provides our Nation's law enforcement agencies with the tools necessary to fight terrorism while at the same time ensuring that our basic constitutional rights are protected. Senator Salazar has also partnered with Arizona Senator John McCain to propose a national, non-partisan commission to undertake a fresh review of health care in America, and to develop real solutions to our health care crisis. Ken is a [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]
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