No ‘Demopublican’: Libertarian Sacha Weis, of Craig, announces SD 8 bid
“I don’t think this is something a normal person couldn’t do. It’s just comes down to voting your conscience and doing what you think is right. If everyone believed their vote made a difference, we could make a difference.”
— Sacha Weis, a Craig resident and Libertarian candidate for Colorado State Senate District 8
In a political system typically split between the Republican and Democratic parties, third party candidates are generally relegated to support roles in local, state and national elections.
But, the Libertarian Party is attempting to change the political landscape by rallying candidates for offices up for election this year.
According to the party’s website, www.lp.org, 37 Libertarians will be featured on the November General Election ballot for a variety of local, state and national positions in Ohio, Illinois, Idaho, Maryland and Mississippi, among others, and that number is growing.
When the site is updated, it could include a 38th candidate and another state.
Craig resident Sacha Weis, 41, announced Wednesday her bid for the Colorado State Senate District 8 seat.
“I’m not a politician, I don’t have a personal agenda, I want to help change things,” Weis said. “I think the Libertarian Party is great for this area.”
Weis is a mother of four, works as a scrubber at Craig Station and has lived in Craig since 2002.
She recently joined the Libertarian movement because she believes it blends the best values of the two major parties.
For example, Weis said Libertarians believe in maximizing personal freedom by reducing the size of government, making Constitutionally-based government decisions, and adhering to fiscally conservative, but socially liberal ideals.
Yet, Weis believes Democrats and Republicans have drifted from their own philosophies and that the American political environment has really become a one party system.
“We believe the Democrats and the Republicans are basically the same, they do the same exact things while in office,” Weis said. “If you look at it, they both had their bailouts, increased debt, and just didn’t change anything.
“Everyone feels they have to vote for one of the two major parties. That’s why Libertarians believe it’s truly become a one party system of Demopublicans.”
Weis was earmarked to run in SD 8 two weeks ago during the Libertarian Convention in Las Vegas.
She said she hopes to change the public perception of greedy and corrupt career politicians by bringing a sense of normalcy to state government.
“The Libertarian Party wants non-politicians in office, we want people to represent the people,” Weis said. “I don’t think this is something a normal person couldn’t do. It just comes down to voting your conscience and doing what you think is right.
“If everyone believed their vote made a difference, we could make a difference.”
Weis has never run for public office, but she knows she has her work cut out for her.
The race for SD 8 features political veterans, including appointed incumbent Sen. Jean White, R-Hayden, and House District 57 Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs.
“I’m just going out there to tell people who I am and what I believe in,” Weis said. “That’s really all I can do and we’ll see where it goes from there.”
Joe Moylan can be reached at 875-1794 or email@example.com.