Candidacy: 3rd District U.S. Congress, Unaffiliated
Education: B.A., University of Colorado – Colorado Springs; M.B.A., Colorado State University – Pueblo
Occupation: Small business owner, That’s Natural! marketing and consulting; real estate
Family: Former military wife, lives in Pueblo
Prior Government Experience: None previously
Tisha Casida is running for U.S. Congress as Unaffiliated, with no previous experience in government, she says, because she was “forced” into the realization that “the government
“I was trying to run a farmer’s market in Pueblo and there were different rules for the two publicly subsidized farmers markets. I wrote to county commissioners and to council members and told them, ‘Here are some things that are hurting my business. They didn’t respond.”
As an example of regulation gone wrong, Casida mentioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture certification process for organic. “If you want to sell that USDA certified organic chicken in another state, [the purchaser has] to be certified as well. It makes it difficult for small entrepreneurs to operate.
“I think government is broken, especially when it comes to civil liberties and government regulations. I think we need statesmen in Washington, D.C.”
Of the biggest challenges facing her potential constituents in the 3rd District, Casida said, “Of course, the economy. But it’s not something that’s going to be easy to solve. There’s not a lot government can do to create jobs,” she said, but “they can allow business to create jobs.
“Also, the federal government needs to look at financial policy. Our unbalanced budget and how our currency is valued is our biggest terrorist threat; other countries could crush us monetarily.”
In addition, Casida mentioned “unconstitutional actions of our federal government, the eroding of our civil liberties. The National Defense Authorization Act takes away habeas corpus, the ability to have due process, to have a trial. They passed that section of the law this year.
“Then there is the [National Security Agency]. They don’t need a warrant!
“I would like to push back and stop some of this stuff.”
Regarding the difficulties of governing constituents from a distance, in Washington, Casida said, “We all have to come to the realization that passing legislation doesn’t actually help us as individuals. We’ve got laws upon laws upon laws, enough to sift through for years and years.
“Go to OpenCongress.org and you’ll see that 3,400 bills have been introduced in the Senate this year, and 6,100 bills in the House. They generally benefit special interests; they were written by their lawyers.
“I’m probably not going to get a bill passed [if elected]. My job would be to be a voice, a vehicle, a representative....We need to use our time not to pass laws, but to look at the laws we have and protect rights, and generate wealth.
“Tipton’s bill to change the IRS code? It has no chance to pass. The thing is, they’re lying.”
Asked why she should win in November, Casida said, “People are sick and tired of being lied to. People are pretty riled up and ready for something different.
“In Colorado, there are almost equal blocks of registered voters: Democrats, Republicans and Independents. There are enough disaffected people who will support me.
“Also, I’ve signed the three-term [six-year] voluntary term limit pledge. I think that’s enough time to be a voice.”