Attention Libertarian candidates: this is the text from the pamphlet I used during my 1996 campaign for the Colorado House of Representatives. I ran a paper campaign, which consisted of petition circulating, 2 speeches, 1 television debate, 1 interview in the Aurora Sentinel, and one request for a quote from Fred Brown of the Denver Post. I also include the text from the speech in which I announced my candidacy.
My campaign budget was about $250. I was in neither a personal or professional position to actually take the office. The results of the election were as follows:
|Bob Hagedorn (D)||51 percent|
|Walt Cross (R)||44 percent|
|Doug Newman (L)||5 percent|
Hopefully, this pamphlet will provide some ideas. You may always feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(I have not included that hideous photograph which appeared in my pamphlet. I have since then dyed my hair and lost 20 pounds.)
Time and time again this year, people tell me two things about the current state of American politics.
First, they tell me of their extreme frustration with the political system dominated by the Republicans and the Democrats. Second, they tell me THEY LIKE LIBERTARIAN IDEAS.
Libertarianism is the philosophy of individual freedom. We Libertarians stand foursquare with those hallowed principles set forth in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. We Libertarians believe that you can run your life better than the government can, and you have the right to be left alone in order to do so. Libertarians have a steadfast commitment to implementing real reductions in the size, cost, and intrusiveness of government.
We may not always tell you what you want to hear, but you can count on us to tell you what you need to know.
If you are serious about preserving your constitutional freedoms, you need to vote for candidates who are equally serious about preserving these freedoms. The Libertarian Party is fielding several such candidates in Colorado this year, and I am proud to be one of them.
Please support me in this campaign, and, if you live in District 42, please vote for me on November 5.
Yours for Liberty,
Douglas F. Newman
Doug Newman will oppose any increase in taxes or spending, and vigorously work for real decreases in taxes and spending. Repealing the state income tax would give everyone in Colorado an immediate 5 percent pay increase. The state receives about 29 percent of its revenue from the income tax. It has been less than 10 years since state government was 29 percent smaller than it is now. In this time, no necessary programs have been added.
Doug Newman will sponsor legislation declaring concealed carry of firearms to be a right, which must not be infringed upon by state and local authorities. Law-abiding Coloradans will not have to submit to background checks, pay permit fees, take state-sponsored firearms courses, or jump through any other hoops in order to enjoy their God-given right to self-defense.
Doug Newman believes that the government has no business whatsoever choosing your school for you. He supports the repeal of compulsory attendance laws, and believes that families who opt out of public education should receive rebates for taxes they pay to support public education.
Doug Newman believes that tax dollars should not be used to fund further development. If someone wants to develop a piece of land, let them use their own money to build streets, schools, power lines, sewers, etc. People who fear that the Front Range will one day resemble Southern California should not be forced to subsidize the realization of these fears.
Doug Newman believes that law enforcement should be directed only toward violent criminals. Government punishment of non-violent criminals is not only a waste of taxpayer money, but is also counterproductive. While "victimless crimes" present moral problems, government is ill-equipped to deal with these matters.
"Ask not what your government can do for you. Ask what your government can do to you." -- Doug Newman
These are all legitimate concerns. However, recent history shows us that government is notoriously unable to solve problems in these areas. When allowed to act freely, private institutions can address these problems far more effectively than the government.
DOUGLAS F. NEWMAN
Doug Newman has long been a prolific writer and outspoken advocate on behalf of limited government. In 1992, he registered as a Libertarian, and immediately became an active party member. For the past year, he has served as chairman of the Aurora Libertarians.
Doug is a graduate of Arizona State University. For the last five years, he has worked in sales and marketing in the telecommunications industry. Since 1983, he has served in the United States Naval Reserve.
Doug is not a professional politician. He pays the same taxes, abides by the same laws, and has many of the same frustrations with government that you do.
Doug's vigorous belief in strictly limited government makes him markedly different from his opponents. He is not afraid or ashamed to tell you what he believes. Please feel free to call him at 303-369-3809.
Please send contributions to:
COMMITTEE TO ELECT DOUG NEWMAN
999 S. Carson, #203
Aurora, CO 80012
The REAL Choice
Delivered at a Second Amendment Rally, Colorado State Capitol,
Sunday, April 21, 1996
My name is Doug Newman . I am a Libertarian, and I am running for the Colorado House of Representatives in District 42, which covers central and north Aurora.
Everywhere I go, I hear people say two things about their political choices this election year.
The first thing people tell me is that they are extremely frustrated with the current political system dominated by Republicans and Democrats.
The second thing people tell me is that THEY LIKE LIBERTARIAN IDEAS.
Libertarian ideas are about FREEDOM. We Libertarians stand foursquare with those hallowed principles set forth in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. We Libertarians believe that you can run your life better than the government can, and you have the right to be left alone in order to do it.
The most high profile Second Amendment issue in Colorado this year has been that of concealed carry of firearms. If I am elected to the Colorado House of Representatives, I will introduce legislation declaring the carrying of concealed weapons to be a RIGHT, which shall not be granted or denied at the whims of the state and local authorities.
The law-abiding people of Colorado will not be required to submit to background checks, pay permit fees, take state-sponsored firearms courses or jump through any other hoops in order to exercise this right.
Law-abiding citizens must not be required to kiss the feet of every petty functionary and his brother in order to enjoy their God-given Constitutional right to self-defense.
If you are serious about preserving your Second Amendment rights, you must vote for candidates who are just as serious about defending these rights. The Libertarian Party is fielding many such candidates, and I am proud to be one of them.
My name is Doug Newman, I am a Libertarian, and I am running for the Colorado House of Representatives in District 42. Please vote for me on November 5.
Thank you and God Bless You.
Freely Speaking: Essays by Doug Newman
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