|OPINION: McMillan Joins Race for 59 District Seat|
|Special to the Post | 3/23/12|
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|Unaffiliated Candidate Jaime McMillan has announced his intentions to run for the Colorado House of Representatives District 59.|
On April 9, Mr. McMillan will begin process to petition ballot for the House of Representatives District 59 to challenge Representative J. Paul Brown. Jaime will begin gathering the requisite 400 voter signatures to be submitted to the Secretary of State by June 9 to meet the ballot requirement as unaffiliated candidate for the November election. Jaime is not a “write in candidate” but will be on the ballot.
Jaime is setting out to reach all of the counties and colleges in the District to gather signatures in the coming months so voters will have a non-partisan choice in 2012. There are over 10,000 voters who are “unaffiliated” in this District and prior to this race had no voice in their State Legislature outside of the Democratic or Republican.
Jaime McMillan was born 1967 in Albany. GA. He attended East Mecklenburg High School, Appalachian State University, Central Piedmont Community College, and graduated from North Carolina State University with a BA in Political Science. He later went back to school at night in his 30's to earn a law degree from Trinity School of Law, a private law school in Santa Ana, California.
While in college he worked his way through school waiting tables, loading bags for an airline, and even shucking oysters at the local lunch counter for hungry state legislators in Raleigh. At North Carolina State, he enlisted in the Marine Corp Reserves while attending college and was honorably discharged as a Lance Corporal.
Jaime resides in downtown Durango. He is divorced with two boys ages 8 and 9. In his spare time, he enjoys reading American history, biographies of Presidents, walking, yoga, snowboarding, and spending as much time with his sons.
Mr. McMillan has worked with the following organizations:
Durango Chamber of Commerce member
Business Owner Investment Firm Qualitas Wealth Counsel
Occupy Durango Member
At the Fort Off Campus Support Organization for Student Rights
Boys Town USA Volunteer
Law Clerk Orange County District Attorney
Excellence in Oral Argument Award Traynor Moot Court Competition
Passing a new public finance system for unaffiliated candidates to seek higher office. The current system disenfranchises voters and makes it almost impossible for average citizens of average means to seek office without sponsorship of the Democratic or Republican party.
Eliminating property tax deductions for those over 65 and which is costing Colorado $100 million dollars per year. We have a deficit of $700 million dollars and we can no longer afford this. Secondly, it treats one group of citizens differently than other simply because of their age it’s discriminatory.
Job Retraining for 21st century skills. I support the New Energy Economy initiatives by our Governor. The study estimates about 600,000 jobs will be created. We have to invest more in curriculums in technical schools, community colleges, and universities to train new and retrain current workers to meet this demand.
Energy policy needs to be focused on renewables. I don’t believe the Oil and Natural Gas Industry is the sole solution for saving Americans energy costs. It’s a short term fix to a longer term problem. Oil is finite and natural gas drilling practices are also suspect and environmentally dangerous. Our best fix is to realize these jobs do not materialize for most Americans that the companies promise. Second, we can get much better lasting results to power the electrical grid from a combination of solar, wind, and bio fuels.
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