Libertarian Will Push For Less Government




By Lindsay Butler
Roundup intern

John Crockett grew up spending half of his time in Flagstaff, and says that he is "very aware" of District 1 issues.

Crockett, 44, is running for U.S. Representative as a Libertarian against incumbent Republican Rick Renzi and Democrat Paul Babbitt.

Crockett is a native Arizonan and attended school in Phoenix.

He took a few semesters at Arizona State University, but "couldn't take the bureaucracy" and decided to go out and make a living.

Crockett has never held public office, and said he has heard from many people that he's not going to be able to succeed with his agenda.

"And they're right," he said. "Except if you elected a bunch of me. If we ever finally get tired of paying 40 percent of our income to the federal government in taxes -- we will elect a bunch of me."

Crockett's main campaign issues: reducing the size and power of the federal government, reducing or eliminating federal taxes and reducing overall regulation. He said more power should be given to local and state governments.

"We would decide what's good and what's best for us. And who better to decide that?" he said.

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