Independent Candidate Enters Competitive Third Congressional District Race
by Gus Jarvis
Aug 16, 2012 | 2042 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
TISHA CASIDA – The registered Independent candidate announced Tuesday she has received enough ballot signatures to be placed on the Nov. 6 ballot to take on Rep. Scott Tipton and Sal Pace for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District seat. (Courtesy photo)

TISHA CASIDA – The registered Independent candidate announced Tuesday she has received enough ballot signatures to be placed on the Nov. 6 ballot to take on Rep. Scott Tipton and Sal Pace for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District seat. (Courtesy photo)

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WESTERN SLOPE – A registered Independent candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives District 3 Colorado seat has officially been qualified to be on the ballot for the Nov. 6 general election.

Tisha Casida, a registered Independent and businesswoman from Pueblo Colo., announced Tuesday she has officially qualified to appear on the Nov. 6 ballot to take on incumbent Republican candidate Scott Tipton and Democratic candidate Sal Pace. The announcement comes after a year of campaigning in Colorado’s third congressional district and meeting with constituents and small business-owners.

Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District race is one of the most competitive in the U.S.

“My candidacy is about representing the voice of many people who are either not affiliated with a political party or who are frustrated with their political party – and our platform is aimed at creating solutions for many people who desperately need freedom, economic prosperity, and peace in their lives,” 30-year-old Casida said in a campaign statement issued Tuesday. “We are so excited, and grateful for our volunteers and contributors who have made this possible.”  

A lifelong Colorado resident, Casida was raised on a small farm in Vineland, located just east of Pueblo. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 2005 with a dual major in business and political science, going on to receive a masters in Business Administration from Colorado State University-Pueblo and start a small marketing and consulting business. She also has a real estate license with The Land Company.

According to her campaign website, casida2012.com/, when she became concerned about the nation’s economy and the “eroding” of civil liberties in 2009. While she considers herself a conservative, she emphasizes she is not running as a Republican.

“I represent a group of people who are dissatisfied with what both political parties are doing about these important issues; and being a woman who has had a husband in war is an entirely different perspective than what either Pace or Tipton will ever be able to speak to,” she stated on her website. “By limiting and narrowing their focus to just the Republican and the Democrat – this silences many people who would like to have representation in not only Washington, D.C., but right here in our own third congressional district.”

Casida says she’s an advocate of pushing many functions of the federal government down to the state and local level, where there is “more transparency and accountability” with the representatives. Casida told The Denver Post that her views align closely with Congressman Ron Paul in that she wants to eliminate the Federal Reserve.

Casida is set to participate in the Club 20 Debate hosted by Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction on Sept. 8 where she will talk about issues affecting voters with Tipton and Pace.



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