Jacksonville man offers 'different angle' in Senate bid

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JACKSONVILLE — During the primary election Tuesday, Tyler Colford is looking for voters to write his name in the field for Republicans.

His hope is to be elected state senator for the Windham District. He said he has lived in Jacksonville most of his life and has always been "fairly active" in politics.

"I just thought that it was time to put a different angle, different ideas into the mix," he said.

Democratic contenders include incumbents Jeanette White and Becca Balint, and challenger Wayne Estey. Two senators will be elected during the general election in November.

Colford said he is an independent but considers himself a libertarian with some interest in anarcho-capitalism, which is a political philosophy advocating for the elimination of the state in favor of individual sovereignty in a free market. He has served as a trustee of the Whitingham Free Public Library for the last seven years. He works as a machinist at G.S. Precision in Brattleboro.

Also, Colford raps under the name Krypto Man. His recordings can be found at eyedos.bandcamp.com.

"It's pretty hardcore rap," he said. "But I'm also getting political and theological at the same time — less hardcore, more questioning stuff. And I don't want to say conscious rap but I guess that's sort of the category I'd be labeled."

Colford credited retired politician Dr. Ron Paul with inspiring him to get into politics in 2007. Three years earlier, he had voted for Ralph Nader.

"So I've always sort of rooted for the underdog and, yeah, I guess I have different ideas politically than the mainstream," he said.

Colford is against federal taxes and worries that tariffs will hurt consumers.

"I think taxation is theft," he said. "I know that's pretty cliche to say. I'm not opposed to local taxes as long as there is proper representation by the community who's being taxed."

He describes himself as "heavily in favor of the Second Amendment."

"I'm opposed to basically all regulations on guns across the board," he said, adding that he is not against allowing private citizens to shoot AK-47s during recreational target practice.

When it comes to marijuana, Colford said he is "wary."

"I'm all for open cannabis use and recreational sales or whatever but I also think that there needs to be an equal opportunity for everyone," he said. "So the more regulations we put on a certain market, the harder it is going to be for the mom and pops who are just trying to open a small whatever you would call a cannabis store."

Colford supports a lawsuit the town of Whitingham has filed against the state seeking an injunction related to school funding. He said the current system puts a lot of burdens on small towns that cannot meet the state's guidelines.

Colford believes a contract between an employer and an employee should be between those two parties.

"It probably doesn't sound too appealing to people but I'm opposed to an enforced minimum wage," he said, adding that people should not take a job if it does not offer them enough money. "It's not the government's job to regulate how much someone's being paid."

Originally, Colford planned to run for United States Senate. But then Bruce Busa, of Readsboro, announced he would be running and Colford said he would rather support him.

Reach staff writer Chris Mays at cmays@reformer.com, at @CMaysBR on Twitter and 802-254-2311, ext. 273.


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