Progressive Western Democrat — Representing and serving people; not corporate establishment billionaires and their lobbyists
Authentic Leader — Independent of national Party "don't offend anyone" politics; independent of DNC/DCCC — Leading with vision, conviction
Building a New Democratic Party — Assertively progressive, transparent, open, fair, inclusive and inviting—a Party for the Future
Grassroots Campaign — No corporate or PAC money; individual contributions only—every little bit helps, please help with what you can
Patriotic Vision — Integrity focused on the needs and wellbeing of ordinary Americans; and the common good for our country; a viable future
Strategic Priorities — Gateway issues first for a viable American future; then We The People will have the chance to take care of the rest
Healthy Democracy — HR1: For the People Act
Healthy Population — HR1384: Medicare For All Act; Improve & fix Medicare; Comprehensive health care is a human right; not a privilege!
Healthy Environment — HR763: Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act; HRes109: Green New Deal; engery choices; system-wide view
Healthy Economy — Must work for everyone: Public investment in our future funded by a public bank—education, jobs & a livable wage
Pro Working Families, Family Farms & Ranches, Pro Unions (Root was UAW member as assembly line mechanic, Kenworth Trucks, 1960s)
Protect the Colorado we Love — Public lands, clean environment, water conservation, rural needs, strong local economy, fund fire fighters
A Military Veteran with Grit
A Problem Solver Who Knows Systems
Here's a summary of how Root is looking at our Healthy Democracy problems
— and policies to address them. This is the type of insight he'll bring to Congress.
Strategic Vision for a Viable American Future
The Strategic Vision for a Viable American Future poster below summarizes the platform Root is running on.
Root is focused on the big picture strategic threats—gateway issues—that undermine our potential for a viable healthy future.
Click on the poster below to go to the 4th Edition of The Unheard Herald to see more.
Download the poster, and check out the associated webpage material. There are more photos, with a few short stories about military veterans.
It includes a short 1:07 video of our July 4th, 2017, parade, where this poster was carried and displayed by Vietnam Vets and an Afghanistan Vet.
You can also access, read and download the associated "pdf book edition", a work that undergirds the points on the poster, and tells the story behind the poster, including opening introductory material, the values behind the vision, and the facts and analysis that support the vision.
Open letter with a moral story of truth for our time
The pdf book's subtitle is "Open letter with a moral story of truth for our time".
It is written in a readable 3-column newspaper format, with a conversational style and lots of images, as a respectful "Dear Mr President" open letter-essay.
Root started this 164-page book on February 6, 2017; this 4th Edition publication date is 11-07-2017.
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A Westerner Who Means Business
4th Edition 2017-11-07: Book pdf file (164 pages) Strategic Vision for a Viable American Future — Open letter with a moral story of truth for our time
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Root's Column: Last updated 2-6-2020
Root-2-6-2020: Leading On Climate Tour (LOCT)
I recently completed two major tours throughout our 29 counties; one in December covering the northern 10 counties, and another in January, reaching the remaining 19 counties. I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting people from our widely diverse CD3 counties, each of which has its own respective resources, natural beauty, and interesting people with diverse interests and issues. Yet, they are all Western and Southwestern Colorado counties, so we share common concerns about our natural resources, public lands, environment, rural concerns and our collective future. In particular, the big issues everywhere, are climate and energy, water resources, and rural healthcare access. People appreciated my focus on climate, in the context of four strategic threat areas we face: Healthy Democracy, Healthy Population, Healthy Environment, and Healthy Economy. My approach to these strategic threats is above.
I am committed to getting back to most, if not all, of our 29 counties in February; and on into March. Later this month, I will be going back to many of the smaller population, more rural counties; as well as making stops in the larger counties. I plan to give talks about what I've learned, and about the difficult challenges ahead, especially in places where the fossil fuel related industries provide so many jobs. This is where the concept and policies of Climate Justice will play such a big role.
For March I will map out my geographical and calendar schedule, in order to get to all the County Assemblies I can make and speak at. Of course, many will overlap on the same day, so I won't be able to make every county assembly. However, I will reach out to people who have expressed an interest in being a delegate for Root, and send to you folks as many 3"x3" campaign stickers as you can use to hand out as surrogates to caucus for Root at your respective county assemblies (see my campaign ad above, an ad which can be downloaded, printed and used widely as you need).
Links to my trip itineraries will be posted on this website (see above), with campaign event notices and latest updates placed on my campaign Facebook page: "Root For Citizen Congressman" (Facebook/RootForCitizenCongressman.org)
Help Root's Campaign with your Finanical Contributions:
I need to ask for your financial support. This is the primary campaign, so needs are different than the general election campaign, which is an entirely different ballgame, since at that time only one of us will be the Democratic nominee. The other two Democratic candidates for CD3 are "big money" candidates, with hundreds of thousands of dollars for even this primary election. One of them has an entourage of staff and consultants she needs to support; the other is a corporate CEO, with his own staff, who flies his own airplane around to all the different county events.
I don't need 6-figures to have a strong presence in this primary race. In fact, it's a myth that you need big money to win. When you understand a low-budget competent effort, you know that you have to work harder and fight harder. It's what you offer for a viable future that counts.
My campaign is literally the "low-budget grassroots climate insurgency campaign"; yet I am well short of contributions to cover even this low-budget effort. Since it is just me, Root, I need funds primarily for travel (I put 2500 miles on my car over 12 days of travel in January); and for printing my campaign materials. That's basically it. The rest I do myself; including managing my campaign, setting up trips, developing and updating my website and social media pages, filing with the FEC and anything else that needs to be done, including entering everyone's name into my mail list from the contact sheets you fill out. So, if you see value in this grassroots climate insurgency effort to secure a viable future for our children and grandchildren, please contribute to my campaign. As a 73-year old fixed-income senior, I can't handle these financial costs by myself. Thank you for whatever you can donate, via ActBlue on this site; or by check (see FEC requirements at bottom of this page).
Poltical Competition for the 3rd Congressional Seat:
As a scientifically educated systems engineer and experienced industrial and environmental consultant and businessman/entrepreneur, I have the strategic focus and background to offer the best chance at turning the corner of this crisis toward a stable climate future. I am prepared with the courage to fight for all of us. I have the strength, grit and credentials to go toe-to-toe with powerful industry giants and take this fight for our future right on into this next administration.
Do your homework, please folks; compare our respective websites (DMB, JI). You don't need to take my word for it. Republican incumbent Scott Tipton is on record as a human-caused climate change denier; he has no idea what to do about our climate emergency. In fact, Wikipedia tells us lots about Tipton. Tipton has even signed a pledge, sponsored by the conservative Americans for Prosperity, promising to vote against any Global Warming legislation that would raise taxes; and he opposes Federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. Just three years ago, he voted in favor of legislation that would make it easier to sell federal public lands. Tipton is simply not up to the job of protecting Colorado, or solving our climate emergency. He doesn't have a clue what to do about it, because he doesn't think it's caused by humans. This all adds up to the core strategic weakness in his Republican armour; which I will attack fiercely, because the the climate crisis is the greatest strategic threat our country, indeed our planet and humanity, has ever faced. We must turn the corner now.
Climate is the strategic existential threat issue of our lives. If you've done your homework, you will know that the other two Democratic candidates have neither this crucial strategic focus on the climate crisis in terms of agenda priority; nor do they have the systems background it will take to competently flesh out the intersectional systemic policy details of the Green New Deal, for example. Neither even mentions the GND, or proposes their own policy. And of course, it's all glaringly absent from Tipton's website and his policy record. Nor do they suggest policies that would help President Bernie Sanders realize and achieve Medicare For All (neither mentions MFA either), and the rest of Bernie's programs that make for a better life for ordinary American people.
Of course, everyone running verbally acknowledges "climate is important" and that we "need to address it"; but neither of them says anything about what they support to address it in a systemic way with the scope and urgency of the threat we face. You scacely can find the word "climate" on their websites, let alone how to address it with the "Green New Deal", or a cost on carbon, or any ideas of substance. At best, one says "we need to tackle it"; the other says nothing specific about climate policy, other than "industry leading sustainability practices" he's implemented. Those are certainly important; but, pehaps they think they'll figure it out and come up with something better when (if) they get there. Or maybe neither thinks it is of strategic importance. We need more than lots of money and mere promises to "reach across the aisle" to get things done. Republicans are the problem, not where to look for solutions. Do your homework and you will see who offers the best shot at a shift toward a viable future. I'm not competing on money; I'm focused on our future.
Check me out; I've done my homework. Root is the only one with the strength and focus to go to Washingtion, fight for our future and lead on climate. I'm upfront about where I'm heading; I know what bills are out there and what's in them. I'm ready to go; if you folks will help me get there. What you see is what you will get; not vacuous promises like, "Yes, climate! We need to attack climate."
Root-2-3-2020: April 17th, District 3 Delegates
The name of the primary game for CD3 is "Delegates". If you want to support Root for U.S. House from the 3rd Congressional District (Scott Tipton, incumbent), you must get elected as a delegate, first to your County Assembly, then to the District 3 Assembly. On Friday, April 17th, about 350 CD3 delegates from our 29 counties will vote on the three Congressional candidates to determine who will be the nominee; after each candidate gets 10 minutes to speak on the stage.
These district-level delegates will be elected through the County Assemblies, which will occur in March, different dates for each county. This process begins March 7th at all Precinct Caucuses across the state. To become a district-level delegate for Root you have to first caucus for a Senate candidate at your precinct (Root supports progressive Andrew Romanoff to take on incumbent Cory Gardner (R) for U.S. Senate; Romanoff has his act together on climate). You need to get at least 15% of your precinct votes in order to become a county-level delegate to your County Assembly. At the county assemblies, preference polls will be taken toward a final vote for district-level delegates to the District Assembly.
Specifically, for example, La Plata County Dems (LPC) get to send 47 delegates to the District 3 Assembly, from rules based on our population and voter registration (each county will be different). To get to this district "end-game" as a delegate for Root, Root must get at least 15% (meaning you) of the total number of county-level delegates attending the LPC County Assembly. For example, if 189 delegates from the LPC precinct caucuses show up to the LPC Dems County Assembly, Root needs to have at least 15% (28 delegates in this example, rounded) vote for him. These need to be county-level delegates who will in turn commit to being district-level delegates to the April 17th District Assembly, which will be held in Denver on April 17th (specifics TBD by the state Dem party officials). Typically, district delegates also get elected to be state delegates for all other state-level voting Saturday, April 18th; which is where the vote for Senate candidates will take place.
Root-7-7-2019: 2020 Election Cycle: Root has rolled over his FEC filing from his brief 2-month late run in 2018 to the 2020 election cycle. In 2018, Root did not announce until the end of February, only two months before the April 13th Colorado Congressional District 3 (CD3) Assembly. At the assembly each of the three candidates got to speak for a nominal 10 minutes to the assembly delegates, after which voting took place. Of the 343 valid delegate votes, 194 votes (57%) went to Diane Mitsch Bush; 142 (41%) went to Karl Hanlon; and 7 votes (2%) went to Root. These results and their implications for the 2020 election cycle are discussed below.
Months of very long hours of writing and editing to finish up his 164-page online book prevented Root from announcing earlier. His book is titled: Strategic Vision for a Viable American Future, which basically spells out much of his campaign platform and the values that undergird it. That wasn't finished until February, 2018.
The 2020 election cycle is much different. Several bills have been submitted in the House and the Senate, which Root supports, address strategic issues he has identified in his strategic vision — see poster above and bullet point summary this page.
Root For Citizen Congressman
In solidarity for a viable American future
Root's Western working family life — sharing a brief biography
(with links to family photo collages)
Mechanical home-shop generational roots & UAW union laborer
I grew up in a mechanically oriented working family and machine shop environment. My grandfather P.H. Routledge, who was born in 1895, was a railroad engineer and machinist. In the 1920s as a small town businessman he owned a garage and shop called Routledge Motors, in Mission City, B.C., and he was also the town's Ford dealer. He and my dad Jim Routledge, as a kid, built a fully working ridable-scale steam locomotive, machining all its parts in their shop. Finished in 1941 as the War began, P.H. ran the scaled train on tracks laid out at a nearby provincial B.C. park, hauling around kids by the lake, with the little bit of change he charged going for the benefit of the Red Cross.
After returning from World War II as a Lancaster bomber flight-line engine mechanic and engineer in the Royal Canadian Air Force, my father and his brother Jack, who flew missions as a Lancaster tail gunner, started a bus line in Mission City, the town they grew up in. My dad and mom, who sold tickets and did the office work, were living in the small unit above the depot when I was born in 1946. Child care was a baby basket by the counter. Uncle Jack later went on to a long and honorable police career with the Canadian RCMP, starting as a night beat COP and retiring as RCMP's Chief Superintendent, which
I wrote about when honoring our local Durango police officers, Memorial Day, 2016. Later we moved to the mining and smelting town of Trail, B.C., where dad drove an oil delivery truck when most houses where heated by oil.
In my high school years of the early 1960s I was repairing cars, machining parts, and rebuilding engines and transmission. We rebuilt and then installed a 1940 Ford flathead V-8 engine in the small family 18' cabin cruiser boat, we also built made of wood and fiberglass. It had a custom hydraulic-driven inboard-outboard propeller drive system we designed, machining all the parts need to integrate the various manufactured components, and built it all in our home shop.
Born in 1946 at the front end of the "Boomer" generation, in British Columbia, Canada, and moving to the U.S. with my parents at age 7, I have lived in Washington, Colorado, Montana, and Oregon. Over the years I've spent my spare time with my wife Darlene hiking, backpacking, riding and a little fly fishing along the way. We had 8 cats, a german shepherd and two horses! I'm not a hunter, but do own a gun; and I have respect for people who put food on their family dinner table by hunting deer and elk, which is part of western culture. I can't say the same about trophy hunters.
I've owned my own horses and taken courses in light horse management, livestock feeds and feeding, horseshoeing, and packing and outfitting—beyond a diamond hitch, we learned to do at least a dozen different hitches on Sawbuck and Decker pack saddles! And, I could put a horse shoe back on, if I had to on the trail! I've loaded many tons of hay from the field; it was cheaper to pick it up in the field. All this while studying Range Management and Natural Resource Ecology at Colorado State University in the 1970s. I know soils, watershed management, range plants, and the problems with invasive species like cheat grass. I've gathered range plant data in the Colorado Monument, west of Grand Junction, to study the impact of the bison herd. I've also gathered pasture data on the 2000-acre CSU ranch south of Sterling, Colorado.
I closed that period of my life earning a Masters in Statistics from CSU, with an emphasis in quantitative ecology and environmental science. Having studied silviculture and forestry as well, I later worked for both private and public forest products and management organizations, including Weyerhaeuser Raw Materials R&D as a systems engineer and project manager involving high-tech computer-aid raw material processing decisions; and the U.S. Forest Service in Missoula, Montana, as a project manager in Forest Fire Research at the Northern Forest Fire Lab, and as an operations research analyst in Long Range Forest Planning on the Lolo National Forest.
Public land management is about multiple uses that benefit the local communities, our country and the public at large. There are always competing demands on our resources. So when we do natural resource planning, we need to know not only the biological capability of areas on the ground; but how they aggregate into analysis units that must support multiple uses. The often misunderstood phrase "multiple use management" is a forest-wide concept; and does not mean every piece of land sustains every type of use. In the private forest products industry, the focus of forest management, harvest and wood products production is (or should be) to manage the land resource in a sustainable fashion; and to optimize the value of the material removed from the land while quickly replanting for the future forest and the protection of the watershed, soils, wildlife and regenerative capacity of the land. In case anyone is wondering; I am definitely an environmentalist who is deeply concerned about the health of our environment, our natural resources, and the very viability of our planet in the future as we are on the precipice of run-away global warming and the chaos and disruption associated with climate change.
I've also helped gather over 200 head of cattle on horseback on a large 35,000 acre range allotment in the mountains of Eastern Oregon, driving the gathered heard down from the forest ravines into the valleys and onto to the 6,000 deeded-acre family ranch of my close young friend of that time, cattleman and range manager Tom Vernon. Tom's entire family grew up on the homestead ranch over successive generations from the late 1800s.
I was also a member of the Boy Scouts. And while in high school I earned Eagle Scout when I was a member of Explorer Scouts. Our Explorer troop was intensively trained with a specialization in wilderness search and rescue, helping the County Sheriff's office and other groups find lost hikers; and maybe having to evacuate injured people or dead bodies. You had to be good with a compass and survival skills.
My heart and love has been with wilderness, the mountains, open range, wild spaces, and rural America. All along the way I've been blessed to share my life with three lovely wives who have thoroughly enriched my life: Darlene, who after her years with the Forest Service was a marketing manager for Hewlett Packard and an incredible classical pianist to boot. Suzanne, a photojournalist and author of 7 books about natural childbirth, midwifery and mother-baby bonding and healing from early childhood trauma during the primal period of life. Suzanne was honored in a 2009 issue of Mothering Magazine as a "Living Treasure". And my "African Princess" Tikdem, who grew up in the town of Nekempt, in western Ethiopia, and is of the Oromo people in the Horn of East Africa. She grew up bilingual with her native Cushite language, Oromifa, and the Ethiopian national Semitic language, Amharic. English is her third language. After joining me in America, she worked as a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), went to Community College and earned her associate degree in nursing. Since then she has worked as an LPN in a nursing home for 10 years, and is now a pediatrics nurse.
I love people and community, and a healthy environment with a healthy local economy. I love small town America, which is why I have lived in Durango, Colorado, now for over 25 years — longer than I've lived anywhere in my life.
I love to fight for what's right; and fight for the little guy, those less priviledged, and small town community values. I will take these values we share and my concern for others and our common good with me to Washington, where ethical conscience seems to be sorely lacking.
And that is why, as a Vietnam Veteran and independent Progressive Western Democrat, I'm running for Congress at the age of 73. I am one of us. On behalf of ordinary Americans, I intend to be part of the growing political revolution and populist uprising that is fighting to take our country back from the billionaire oligarchs who've stolen it. And to help make it a healthy viable country with resilience for whatever perils the future holds — for ourselves, our children, our grandchildren and their posterity. I have a 25-year old grandson who is a Hiphop Rap musician/lyricist; and two little granddaughters, ages 8 and 5. What kind of democracy, country and planet will we leave for them?
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Filing and Announcement Details:
Root formally rolled over his 2018 registration to 2020 with the FEC, April 25th, 2019
A public announcement was made on June 22, 2019, at our multi-county Democratic Picnic in Durango, Colorado
Root formally filed with the FEC Thursday, February 22, 2018. Press release and associated announcement op-ed were sent to CD3 newspapgers February 27, 2018. Our announcement letter was sent March 3, 2018.