Q&A with Ike McCorkle, candidate for U.S. House, 4th District

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Party: Democrat

Residence: Parker

Campaign website: Ike4CO.com

What makes you the best choice for this office?

I am an experienced leader with no ties to corrupt special interests or Washington Politics. I will tirelessly fight for the rights of rural Coloradans. For decades paid for politicians have served the interests of Wall Street and the rich while average Americans have been left behind. We will champion a rural reinvestment Act, justly transition energy production, and create sustainable jobs. My opponent accepted more than $830,000 from one lobby group. I am the best choice because I am not part of the establishment and know we must get corruption and hence money out of politics. 

If you’re elected, what one single issue will be at the top of your agenda? 

If elected, getting corruption out of government and hence campaign finance reform and restoring the people’s trust and confidence in government will be my number one priority. There is room for nothing but absolute honesty in public service. Leaders must bring people together and build bridges not walls. 

If you’re elected, what must you
accomplish in order for you to consider your term a success? 

In order to consider my term a success we must build a broad coalition within the United States Congress. A Coalition in the legislature and military leadership with enough power and influence to persuade “whole government action on climate change.” We need a new National Security Act of 2021 to restructure and stand up Federal Administrations in order to face the threats of this century. Designating climate change the number one national security threat and Congressionally tasking DOD and NASA with direct mission sets and global action plans, must be achieved.

If elected, how would you work to manage the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on communities? 

If elected we will support fully funding the CDC and support standing up a National Independent Pandemic Response Administration, as well as advise proper executive use of the Defense Production Act. Institute a national testing strategy, ensure people have federal protections from evictions, and revenue to put food on their tables for the duration of the pandemic. Having a single payer Medicare for all health care system that doesn’t bankrupt and evict people is needed. 

How can the major parties best work together to help the nation navigate the current health and economic crises? 

Reasonable representatives on both sides of the isle must come together around our shared values, the validity of science, our shared interests, and needs again. To get corruption and greed out of government and profits out of healthcare and education we need moral leadership with integrity in Congress. Energy transition, Medicare for all, and job creation can employ and bring Americans together, address the pandemic and solve the climate crisis. 

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