D'Ippolito Enters U.S. Senate Race
by Ari Armstrong
[The following article originally appeared in the April 2002 edition of Colorado Liberty.]
Steve D'Ippolito threw his hat in the ring the end of March to challenge Rick Stanley for the Libertarian nomination for U.S. Senate.
"Many people have asked me to run," D'Ippolito said, "and there seems to be a perceived need for that choice. I've already seen a lot of support come from around the state."
"I have a quality that they seem to be sadly lacking in Washington, D.C. I can read. Specifically, I can read the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, something most Senators seem unable to do," he added.
D'Ippolito said he wants to "return the government to its properly delegated duties." Topping his list of priorities are "ending drug prohibition, ending the assault on firearms rights, and ending the assault on property rights."
D'Ippolito, 37, has lived in Colorado for 30 of the last 32 years. He graduated from Mitchell High School in Colorado Springs, then from CU Boulder in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He holds a Master's degree in Space Operations and currently works as a software engineer.
A former Republican, D'Ippolito joined the Libertarian Party in 1997 when he "realized the Re-publican Party's only interest in smaller government was to use it as campaign rhetoric." Since that time, he has served as both Media Director and Chair for the Libertarian Party of El Paso County. He ran for El Paso County Commissioner in 2000 and earned 23.5% of the vote against an entrenched incumbent.