Truckee Libertarian eyes Congress
Don’t ever refer to Truckee resident Dan Warren as one of the “good ol’ boys” when it comes to politics.
Warren, 44, said he is opposed to the “I’ll-scratch-your-back-if-you-scratch-mine” mentality where “everybody is buddies” in the political arena.
Warren entered that arena this year in his bid to become a member of the U.S. House Representatives. Warren ran unopposed as the Libertarian candidate in the election primary on Tuesday. In November he will face Republican John Doolittle, who has held the position for 15 years, and Democrat Charlie Brown, a former U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel.
Warren, the mountain safety director at Northstar at Tahoe for 18 years, has never held any kind of political office but has strong convictions about his campaign platform.
“The American public is ready for strong cultural change,” Warren said.
His main issue is to downsize the federal government and change foreign policy. Warren said he believes in the hands-off approach is needed in foreign policy so America doesn’t “try to take over the world.” He believes in homeland defense and said all military bases in foreign countries should be closed.
“I want to try and make a difference,” he said, adding that he wants to bring freedom back into the federal government where the people control their destinies.
Warren plans to run his own one-man show when he takes vacation time to campaign this summer to meet with individuals and travel around the region to inform people about his political agenda. Warren said the personal connections he has made through his experience at Northstar will help him better connect with those he meets in the time leading up to the election.
“I don’t have a million-dollar budget,” Warren admits.
He said he prefers the modest approach by getting his name in the newspapers and by word of mouth. Warren said a Web site is in the works, as well.