Chris Grundemann, the Libertarian candidate for state Senate District 4, lives in Castle Rock and has lived in the district for 26 years. He is the father of two sons, ages 5 and 10.
He attended Douglas County High School and is self-educated. He regards learning as a lifelong and daily pursuit.
Grundemann is a network engineer who focuses on technical leadership and innovation. He has written two nonfiction books and various standards, specifications and industry papers.
His past public service experience includes work as the founding chair of the Colorado chapter of the Internet Society, a board member of the Rocky Mountain IPv6 Task Force, an elected member of the ARIN Advisory Council and a number of volunteer positions in prominent industry organizations.
Colorado Community Media asked the following questions of the candidates in the race for Colorado Senate, District 4. Below are Grundemann's answers.
What makes you the best candidate for this office?
I am offering a fresh perspective and a fresh start. At all levels of government the dominant two parties are beholden to the special interests that pay for their campaigns. These donors very often back both Republicans and Democrats, ensuring that they always win and the voting people always lose. I offer an alternative to that false dichotomy. As a Libertarian I believe in individual liberty and in the ability for each man and woman to govern themselves, with government's role simply to facilitate that self-governance. I will only support policy that opens opportunities, and never laws that are unnecessary.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing your constituents and what would you do to meet that challenge?
There are many distinct issues facing District 4, but many of them surround unconstitutional federal expansion of power. I plan to meet this challenge by ensuring the Colorado State Senate addresses all state problems directly. I believe that we must also fight against further expansion of federal power, and do our level best to restrain existing oversteps. To accomplish this, I will build relationships with Colorado's U.S. senators and representatives to ensure that they understand that District 4 can speak for itself, through me. To make this happen, my door, phone, and mailbox will always be open to all constituents.
What should be done to improve Colorado's K-12 educational system?
Our primary problem in education today is that we are using a decades-old system. We are teaching digital children in analog schools. This must change. We need to take a hard look at how and what we are teaching our kids and how that facilitates the future. Critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity must trump rote memorization in nearly all cases. We must shift our focus from preserving the status quo to shaping the next generation of innovators and leaders. Once we make that shift, we must measure and manage the system, providing incentives appropriately.