BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
Casper Stockham wants to go to Congress to represent CD6, which includes all of Aurora, portions of Centennial and Littleton, and Brighton and Henderson. He is running against former GOP state chair Steve House and potentially two other candidates (John Szemler and Ryan Gonzalez have expressed their intention to run) to be the Republican standard bearer to challenge first-term Democrat U.S. Rep. Jason Crow in Colorado’s CD6 in November.
Stockham believes Congress should have term limits. He also thinks all federal judges, including Supreme Court judges, should serve no more than 20 years.
The candidate would change all regulatory agencies to advisory only, so that only the Congress could approve federal regulations. Said Stockham, “Passing regulations without congressional approval is not constitutional.” He wants to see the national debt reduced and would not vote for a budget that was not balanced.
On Planned Parenthood, Stockham told us, “I think Planned Parenthood should be immediately defunded. I don’t support funding death. I support funding life, along with women’s health, adoption, and foster care.” He does not feel that Planned Parenthood provides general health services for women.
On foreign policy, Stockham, a Navy veteran, “would like to see a reduction in U.S. troops in the middle east.” He says, “We should be done in Afghanistan and Syria.” He went on, “The past administration gave Iran $1.5 billion and they used it to fund terrorism.”
Turning to the Democratic incumbent, Stockham said, “(U.S. Rep.) Crow is very progressive and he is going after our second amendment rights.”
Stockham addressed current events, saying, “The impeachment is a sham. The charges in the two articles are not impeachable offenses. They are policy differences Trump did not abuse his power. He was just doing his job.”
The candidate’s goals as a congressman are “to fight against the swamp—power elites that are not there for the people.” He also wants to change incentives in budgeting to discourage federal agencies’ “overspending just to use up their available budget.”
Stockham is a consultant who provides training for budding entrepreneurs and youth in underprivileged communities. He told Villager Publisher Bob Sweeney and me that he is “connected to people,” while his main primary opponent, House, “is more connected to money than people.” He went on, “I’m the largest Trump supporter in this race. (Steve) House is a fake Trump supporter.” Stockham’s strategy includes a plan to reach out to immigrant communities in CD6, including people from Ethiopia and Ghana, who mostly live in Aurora.
Colorado’s sixth congressional district was represented by Republicans from its formation in 1983 until Jason Crow beat 10-year incumbent Mike Coffman, who was recently elected mayor of Aurora, in Nov. 2018. Crow was one of two freshmen appointed as one of the seven impeachment managers by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on January 15.
Stockham ran for Colorado CD1 in 2016 and 2018. Both times he was defeated by incumbent Diana DeGette,
garnering 32 percent of the vote on his first try and 26 percent on his second.
The Republican and Democratic primary elections for CD6 will be held on June 30. The general election is Nov. 3.
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