John Gibson is concerned about the direction Democrats and Republicans are taking.
A retired electrical engineer, Gibson, a Libertarian, is seeking a seat in Colorado House District 48 against political newcomer Steve Humphrey, a Republican.
It’s also the first time Gibson has run for public office.
Gibson said the Republicans and Democrats are both growing the government, and he thinks it should be going the other way where there is less government.
Gibson wants to get rid of the government programs that can be worked on at the state level or even the local level.
“There’s no need to do the great big stuff under the auspices of the federal government,” Gibson said. “It’s just not needed. I’m talking about the things where the government is getting into more control of our businesses of earning a living. I want to get back to a place to where we were many years ago where the government was focused on how we dealt with other countries and let the states and the towns focus on dealing with how we do business, how we live our lives and stuff like that.”
Gibson said issues such as oil and gas, education funding, health care and water storage should be changed under the government structure.
“It would be nice to have those under the local or most state control in order to have our local individuals control what is going on with their resources,” Gibson said. “There is no real reason for the (federal government) to be involved in what we do as either a family or as a group of people like a town. They don’t need to be there.”
Gibson used to be a Republican, but he couldn’t find a real place in the party.
“I didn’t want them to be involved in trying to control what I do as an individual person on a daily basis,” Gibson said. “My view is the less government the better.”
Gibson said the major reason people should vote for him would be his work in reducing the size of the federal and state government, and bringing many decisions back down to the local level.
“That’s the major thing that I would really like to accomplish,” Gibson said.
Gibson said he got into the race late, and admits he doesn’t have a huge chance of winning because he hasn’t been pushing for a position.
“Two years from now, I would hope that I would push pretty hard,” Gibson said. “I’m one of these people sitting on the sidelines and watching stuff happen. Only now am I really seeing that perhaps I should have pushed harder and sooner to get my presence felt out there in the voters’ eyes.”