For those voters looking for an alternative to Doug Lamborn, take heart.
Army veteran and businessman Jim Pirtle will declare his candidacy for Colorado's 5th Congressional District on Sunday.
The Pirtle for Congress Campaign Launch will be held at Bambino's Italian Eatery and Sports Bar, 2849 E. Platte Ave., starting at 6 p.m.
"In honor of my son Jim's ultimate sacrifice, and the sacrifices that all soldiers and soldiers’ families have given to our country, I've decided to dedicate my life to public service," says Pirtle. "I understand the real costs of decisions made in Washington, not just in lives, but in business and freedom. And so I ask you to stand with me and the Unity Party of America as we stand up for you in 2012."
"I'm excited to have Jim declare as the party's first Congressional candidate this early in the 2012 election cycle," says Unity Party Chairman Bill Hammons. "I sold him on running with the Unity Party by pointing out that the party's platform leaves enough room for any reasonable candidate to run on his own deeply held views, and it was good to see that Jim's views are in line with those of Colorado voters, even if they're not in line with Members of Congress who still try to call Colorado home."
Pirtle, a native of Denver's suburbs, joined the Army after high school. He finished college in Denver and then moved to Colorado Springs in 1977. He worked in engineering and management positions for several years before starting a video consulting company which he still owns and operates. Jim is also a certified pilot, flight instructor, member of the NRA, certified firearms instructor, and married father of two children. His son Sgt. James D. Pirtle was killed in action in Afghanistan on May 1, 2009.
Check out where the Unity Party of America, founded on Nov. 4, 2004, stands on various issues.
Here's one example:
Eliminate the Federal Income Tax
Unity supports replacing federal income taxes with a revenue measure based on the carbon content of fossil fuels as a simple way of balancing the budget, combating global warming, and encouraging the development of alternative energy sources. A reduction in fossil fuel consumption would enhance American power abroad by making this nation less dependent on foreign sources of oil.
Lamborn, a Republican, is serving his third term and also is being challenged by Dave Anderson, who isn't affiliated with a political party.