QUESTION: Why do you feel you are the best candidate?
ANSWER: Because I live for the 85 percent of America that makes all things happen in this country, the middle class. My mission is thinking of ways life can be better for the middle class and every day looking for solutions for problems that improve life for the middle class. I have developed a plan that will improve the quality of life of the middle class by 30 percent in five years and by 70 percent in 10 years. I have one special interest group, the middle class. All of my votes in Congress will be determined by how they affect the middle class.
Q: What are you most proud of in your professional life?
A: I am a big picture, solutions-oriented person. I do not worry about assigning blame for a problem but rather have spent almost all of my efforts on presenting solutions. I never profess to having the final solution or the best solution, but I will always put something on the table as a starting point. As an example, go to my Facebook page — Dan Chapin for Congress — and see three solutions, which could be implemented tomorrow, that I have proposed for the VA problem in front of the country.
Q: What issues do you think are the most important in your district and what will you do to address them?
A: Issues that affect the middle class, education, retirement, healthcare, equal opportunity for economic security and better access to the legislative process for the average American. Also, protection from any substance being introduced into the ground, water, or air without approval of the citizens affected. Making surface rights equal with mineral rights and keeping the Internet open to equal access and opportunity for all Americans, not just those who can pay the most. I have at least 10 pieces of proposed legislation on my website www.DanChapin.com that are examples of issues I would introduce in the first 100 days.
Q: Do you feel there is a disconnect between voters and elected officials? If so, how can that be changed?
A: I don’t feel, I know there is a disconnect. We get the government we deserve. When the winner of most elections is the candidate that manages to say the least, voters need to recognize that nothing will change until we change the nature of elections. Candidates need to help voters recognize what they stand for and determine what they want their representatives to do for them. Until we have more accountability in our representatives, we will continue to have a disconnect. I am proposing a Voter Bill of Rights to give voters more control and representatives more accountability.