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Woehr brings Libertarian views to House race

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By Vicky Gits

Jack Woehr stands out from the typical candidate this election season not only because he is a registered Libertarian, but also because he doesn’t believe in raising or spending money on his campaign.

“I’m not taking any money,” said Woehr (pronounced “ware”). “I just talk to people. I understand state government. I know the players from Ritter on down, and I understand what’s going on in the world.”

Woehr has a self-deprecating sense of humor.

“I’m an exceptionally inept politician. Slow memory for names, inability to express thoughts without insulting someone, occasionally overbearing and strident in my personal beliefs,” as stated on his election website.

A resident of unincorporated Jefferson County near Golden, Woehr has been a self-employed open-source software guru for 20 years. He has four grown children and is 56 years old. He claims his family “turned off the TV in 1979,” and he has read an “amazing number of books on history” as a result.

His bid for the House District 25 seat represents his fifth run for office. He has lost five times. When he first ran on the primary ballot in the 6th Congressional District in 1994, he was a Democrat. In 1998, the Democratic Party nominated him to run in House District 62 in a safe Republican district.

In 2000 he left the Democratic Party and joined the Libertarians. In 2004 and 2006 he was nominated by his new party to run against Tom Tancredo for the U.S. representative seat. “We enjoyed debating each other,” Woehr said.

His views are not necessarily mainstream, but he has a gift of gab and isn’t shy about speaking his mind.

Woehr believes the underlying cause of Colorado’s budget problem is “astronomical growth in prison spending.” “America is teetering on becoming a police state. The revocation of civil liberties in the Patriot Act was just the beginning.

“The trend is to build prisons instead of schools. Referendum C money really saved the prison system. Ritter did the same thing. Democrats tried to reform and lower prison sentences. ee Colorado is either going to have to build down the prison system or is going to go bankrupt,” Woehr said.

One of Colorado’s strengths, in Woehr’s opinion, is the TABOR Amendment.

“I think Doug Bruce is one of the biggest jerks in politics, but I like the Tabor Amendment. It was maliciously crafted, but the thesis that Colorado was out of control was entirely valid.”

“California owes billions. Colorado may be broke, but it’s not in debt, and that’s marvelous. Doug Bruce made that happen.”

On his website (www.well.com/user/jax), Woehr states in Latin: “Ceterum censeo in herbas belli ab idem desistamus,” which means, “Furthermore, I censure the War on Drugs, that we desist from it.”

The site contains links to the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition, the Hemp Initiative Project, Compassionate Moms and the Drug Policy Action Center.

On his website, Woehr explains his motivation to run for office.

“Representative government is on the ropes. ee America is no longer a Jeffersonian agrarian democracy looking west to the frontier. Instead, America is the mightiest empire in the history of the world. Empire is hard on democracy.”

As a Libertarian, Woehr promises to fight to restore constitutional government, move money from prisons to schools, and fight the principle of eminent domain, as well as “right-wing authoritarianism and left-wing nanny-ism.”