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Colorado’s U.S. Senate race candidate questions and answers: Lily Tang Williams

James Redmond
jredmond@mywindsornow.com

This November, Libertarian U.S. Senate nominee Lily Tang Williams seeks election to one of Colorado's two seats in the U.S. Senate. She is trying to unseat incumbent Democrat Michael Bennet and challenging Republican Darryl Glenn.

Talking about her campaign, Williams gave these five answers to questions about her campaign:

Greeley Tribune — For a number of reasons, immigration reform is important to Weld County voters. If you're elected, what can voters expect from you in the debate about immigration reform?

Williams — I am a Chinese immigrant who has come to America to be free. Other freedom-loving people want to come here too, but we need to reform the current broken system. Those attempting to immigrate legally to the U.S. must sometimes wait for over a decade. I would reform the current outdated quota system by using a points system; streamline the process to make legal immigration faster and easier. Let free the market work. If there are jobs available, working visas should be allowed with a background check and health screening. People come here to work legally and pay taxes while contributing to our economy as they achieve their American Dreams.

Greeley Tribune — Farmers and ranchers face a lot of challenges. If you win in November, what will you do from Washington to support rural America?

Williams — Many of the challenges faced in agriculture seem to be similar to that of small business across America, where too much regulation is interfering in the marketplace. My plan from Washington, D.C., for agriculture would run parallel to my plan for economic freedom and free enterprise. I believe choice and competition in a free market is the best way to protect consumers. Let the free market determine the prices of goods and services through supply and demand. Government must get out of the way of businesses and entrepreneurs so that citizens are free to transact in a manner that supports their local needs and economy, not mandates and interference from the federal government

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Greeley Tribune — It's hard for third-party candidates to gain traction in our system. Why aren't voters throwing away their vote if they cast it for you?

Williams — Approximately 9 percent of 324 million people in the U.S. voted in their major two party's primary process to choose their nominees for president this year. It is fear mongering to tell people that voting for third party candidates is a wasted vote because the establishment is very afraid of people actually voting for a third-party candidate. The two-party system is broken and has not served common folks well. By voting for third-party candidates, voters are sending powerful messages to the 1 percent of the ruling class that there is no longer consent for business as usual. Competition gives more choices to the voters, which is a lot better than the current duopoly.

Greeley Tribune — What kind of energy policy does the United States need to meet the challenges of the 21st century?

Williams — I support all forms of energy production (oil, gas, coal, nuclear fuels, wind and solar, etc.) I am against subsidizing energy schemes by the federal government. I would promote a free market and technological renovation in energy exploration, development, production and delivery. I know that pollution must be controlled, and we need to hold all polluters accountable, including governmental agencies. I support lifting the punitive damage caps so that companies have incentives to buy private insurance. I am for market solutions and smart regulations to make sure that our environment remains clean so that we have a productive energy-rich economy to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Greeley Tribune — What do you think best illustrates to voters the differences between you and the two major-party candidates in the race?

Williams — My opponent Michael Bennet was initially appointed to be a U.S. Senator. Darryl Glenn was appointed to serve as a county commissioner. Both have been career politicians for a long time. They are controlled by their party leadership and special interests who gave millions to their campaigns. I am a Chinese immigrant who escaped Communism and poverty at age 24, came to America for freedom and prosperity. I am not that bought and paid for politician.

About Lily Tang Williams

Born in raised in China, Lily Tang Williams earned a law degree at Fudan University in Shanghai and came to the U.S. in 1988 to earn a master’s degree at the University of Texas School of Social Work.

She worked as faculty at Fudan University law school for three years.

Williams has worked for corporations in Hong Kong and the U.S as a corporate executive. She then became a Colorado small businesswoman and entrepreneur in 2000, owning her consulting and trading business.