Republican out of Boulder enters U.S. House of Representatives race |

Republican out of Boulder enters U.S. House of Representatives race

RYAN SLABAUGHsummit daily news

FRISCO – Republican Michael Kennedy launched his campaign this week for the District 2 seat in the U.S. Congress, currently held by Democrat Mark Udall.Kennedy, a Boulder resident who ran for the seat but lost in 1974 and 1984, will first carry his platform based on education, immigration and energy reform against Rich Mancuso, a teacher at D’Evelyn High School, in a race to be settled during the Aug. 8 Republican primary.The winner will take on Udall, who won by a 60 percent to 30 percent landslide during his last re-election campaign, to represent areas of west Denver, Boulder and the West Slope to the western edge of Eagle County.”I’ve got a challenge ahead of me,” admitted Kennedy. “But I think it’s clear that change is needed.”During a stop this week in Frisco, Kennedy said he wanted to build the voucher system in school districts and public universities. He also said he wanted to secure the border with Mexico and build a fence. “Not a wall,” he said, “but a reasonable fence.”Kennedy, who served four years in the Air Force and was once dubbed “Captain Midnight” by the Denver Post after apprehending a burglary suspect on the street, also said he favored energy independence, one of his main reasons he ran in 1974 during that infamous gas and oil shortage.Overall, Kennedy said, accountability will be his theme. He cited a bill he crafted during the 102nd and 103rd Congress to ask for Social Security, health care and federal financial management. He was impressed with New Zealand’s economy during a visit in 1999 with the prime minister.”They run their country like a business and treat their citizens like shareholders,” he explained.If elected, Mancuso said he would push for a “Manhattan project” for renewable energy to help the U.S. compete in the increasingly competitive world market.Ryan Slabaugh can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13600, or at

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