U.S. Republican Senate candidate Darryl Glenn serves El Paso County as the county commissioner.
Glenn has been county commissioner for two terms and previously served two terms on Colorado Springs City Council. Glenn served in U.S. Air Force for 21 years, retiring in 2009 as a lieutenant colonel.
He is a small business owner and attorney at Glenn Law Firm P.C.
As of an Oct. 17 poll on RealClear Politics, Glenn trailed Democratic Senator Michael Bennet by 15.2 points polling at 35.8 percent.
Opponents claim that Glenn is polarizing because he does not to work across the isle. In a debate Sept. 10, opponent Michael Bennet addressed Glenn regarding statements about his lack of cooperation with Democrats, the Denver Post reported.
Glenn is a fiscal conservative and supports education funding at a more localized level than it is currently.
Instead of Washington D.C. and the Department of Education controlling education funding, Glenn argues that education funding on the state level could give states more flexibility when it comes to financing higher education.
Glenn has supported abolishing the Department of Education to help Colorado parents make choices that better represent and support Colorado students, and put more emphasis on trade skills.
Glenn, like many other republican candidates, supports repealing the Affordable Care Act to start over. The increasing price of health care premiums and the continually growing number of high deductible plans causes Glenn to support a free market for health insurance, according to his campaign website. He supports allowing health insurance to be purchased across state lines to increase competition.
Both Glenn and Bennet have said they recognize the broken immigration system in the U.S.
Glenn supports immigration reform to reward those waiting for lawful entrance into the country, and wants to bring in people who can contribute immediately upon arrival like doctors, scientists and small business owners.
Glenn said he believes in securing the borders to know who is coming in and out of the country to ensure national security.
Glenn’s campaign outlines veterans’ issues such as using military force and “A Salute to our Military.”
However, the veteran candidate currently does not outline any specific policy to help aid veterans at home.
Glenn wants to ensure power and flexibility to military leaders to focus on protection from terrorist threats, and allow them to combat “Islamic terrorism,” according to his campaign website.
He argues that giving military commanders the power and ability to use various military resources will allow them to eliminate the threat of terrorism. He aims to connect politicians, military leaders and U.S. citizens to create a military solution that best combats threats from the middle east.
Glenn wants to continue funding military bases in Colorado to maintain the level of training in the U.S. military and in Colorado.
Some conservative students on campus said they support Glenn.
“Darryl Glenn, from everything I’ve seen, is pretty impressive, honest and straightforward,” CSU sophomore Brian Hartley said.
Voters can turn in their ballots to the Lory Student Center North Ballroom between now and Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. Additional details and voting information can be found here.
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