Lamar Democrat Bob Seay announces 2016 run for Colorado’s Fourth Congressional District |

Lamar Democrat Bob Seay announces 2016 run for Colorado’s Fourth Congressional District

James Redmond

Bob Seay

Eastern Colorado and Congressional District 4 don't have the representation they need in Congress, Bob Seay said Thursday.

That's why he's seeking the Democratic nomination to run for election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2016.

The Lamar High School music teacher wants to take the 4th District congressional seat held by Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo. Colorado's 4th Congressional District contains most of eastern Colorado, including Greeley, Lamar and Castle Rock.

The district has reliably elected Republican representation for years, he said, and he feels representation hasn't delivered on promises, including providing jobs and boosting economic support for the region.

"That is a typical Republican bait and switch. They say they're going to do something for the average American and end up giving the benefit to the extremely wealthy," he said.

Within a long list of priorities, Seay said he wants to support job creation, protect water usage, fund transportation, guard health care and Social Security and support education.

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"Education is important because I'm a teacher," he said. "We to need to change so we're not testing all the time."

He also wants to make sure efforts to improve education work inside of the public education system and do not extend to school voucher programs.

"Caring about education would be working with the system we have to make it better," Seay said.

Much of eastern Colorado has seen economic support from the oil and gas industry. However, that can only last so long, Seay said. He said he wants to make sure eastern Colorado continues to support the energy industry, including renewable energies that may not have the same boom and bust cycles as oil and gas.

To strengthen eastern Colorado's economy, lower the poverty level and support its residents, Congress needs to take a long-range view, not only focusing on the next financial quarter and passing the bill onto future generations and politicians, Seay said.

To fund the programs and initiatives he wants, Seay knows he'd need to find ways to increase revenues.

"We'll have to increase revenues from people who can afford to pay," he said.

He said he would like to look at taxing stock trades, tying CEO compensation to worker wages and eliminating loopholes in the tax code.

"For too long, eastern Colorado has not had a voice in Congress," Seay said. "We have very serious needs out here that are not being addressed. And while I may not have all the answers, I at least understand the questions."

Bob Seay

Party: Democrat

Current job: Lamar High School music teacher

Experience: Teaching since 1984 in addition to working as freelance writer.

Family: three adult sons, Mathew Seay, Stephen Arth and Michael Arth.