Stanley Set to Announce Senate Run
by Ari Armstrong
[The following article originally appeared in the June/July 2001 edition of Colorado Liberty.]
Rick Stanley has expressed interest in seeking the Libertarian Party's nomination for U.S. Senate. He would face incumbent Republican Wayne Allard and a Democratic challenger.
"Government has been run by the Rupublicans and Democrats for over a hundred years, and it hasn't mattered which administration has been in charge," Stanley said. "They've taken our rights away and taxed us to death. They've taken our country of independent citizens, and almost turned us into slave taxpayers."
Stanley said he believes our rights will continue to be diminished unless libertarians act now. "We can't just talk about it -- we've got to do it," he said. "This can't remain a coffee-shop discussion group anymore."
"I really believe a lot of people out there agree with me," Stanley added. Stanley recently took charge of the Denver Libertarian affiliate and he has personally registered nearly 300 new members with the party. "We need to push hard to register new Libertarians," he said.
Before joining the Libertarian Party about a year and a half ago, Stanley was active as a Republican. He was influenced by Charles Murray's book What it Means to be a Libertarian. Someone from the Southside Libertarian group called him "out of the blue" to attend a meeting, he said, which prompted him to join the LP.
Stanley has lived in the Denver area most of his life. He owns Stanley Fasteners & Shop Supply, which he runs with his wife Pam.