Dave Chandler, candidate for the U.S. House for Colorado's 7th Congressional District, is part of a feature story today in the Jeffco newspapers (Lakewood, Golden, Wheat Ridge and Arvada).
... Dave Chandler, 49, a stay-at-home father, said his campaign budget is substantially less than those of his Democrat and Republican opponents in the race for the 7th. For instance, he said his party, Green, gave him $100 for his campaign.
"Actually, I can't remember," he said. "It might have only been $50."
Chandler doesn't mind. Like most third-party candidates, he's disgusted by the amount of money pumped into the campaigns of his big-party contemporaries, and the smear techniques he believes those funds often finance.
"I've heard that those campaigns may end up costing between $10 and $12 million," Chandler said of Perlmutter and O'Donnell. "I think that's obscene bordering on immoral."
The current race is not Chandler's first as a third-party candidate. For him and others bearing a similar cross, victory takes a backseat to message as they go door-to-door, attend community functions and campaign for a seat they know they aren't likely to win.
Photo: Seventh Congressional Green Party candidate Dave Chandler catches up with his daughter, Hannah, and wife, Kate, after work and school. Chandler, a stay-at-home dad, decided to run for Congress about a year ago.
From Mile High Newspapers