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Adam Shuknecht: Candidate for State House District 53

Adam Shuknecht is the Libertarian candidate for the Colorado House of Representatives, District 53, in the Nov. 3 election. He advanced from the Libertarian Party convention in April of this year.

100% of value is defined and realized by the customer. I use this fundamental concept to guide myself into the customer’s world. From there, I provide relevant insights on what tools can be used to meet their goals and solve their problems.” -Adam Shuknecht’s LinkedIn profile

Shuknecht, a Fort Collins resident, graduated from Cornell in 2012 where he studied animal sciences, according to his LinkedIn page. He then owned a dairy farm and later worked as a nutritionist for a company that specializes in food production for animals.

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According to his LinkedIn, he currently works as a key account manager for Kemin Industries, a global nutritional ingredient company. It is involved in a number of industries, ranging from animal nutrition to biofuel. Most recently, it began building a 15,000 square foot quality control lab at its headquarters in Iowa that will open in 2021.

“100% of value is defined and realized by the customer,” Shuknecht wrote on his LinkedIn profile. “I use this fundamental concept to guide myself into the customer’s world. From there, I provide relevant insights on what tools can be used to meet their goals and solve their problems.”

Listed under his skills on LinkedIn are solution selling, negotiation and account planning.

He has no apparent political experience prior to running for the House of Representatives, however he has background in issues including sustainability and management.

In both the 2016 and 2018 elections, Shuknecht’s opposition, Jeni Arndt, ran unopposed.  This election will be her first time running against someone else since 2014, which was her first term in the Colorado House of Representatives.

There is minimal information available on Shuknecht and his opinions or beliefs.

The basic beliefs of the Libertarian party are minimum government and maximum freedom. The party promotes non-interventionism and limiting the size and scope of the government. 

The Libertarian Party promotes classic liberalism whereas the Democratic Party promotes modern liberalism or progressivism. It is the third largest party in the United States.

According to the Coloradoan, Shuknecht declined to participate in their election coverage or in candidate forums sponsored by local organizations. 

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Shuknecht could not be reached for comment within The Collegian’s deadline.

Jackson Braitberg can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @JBraitberg.

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