Rippy faces competition for District 61 seat |

Rippy faces competition for District 61 seat

Carbondale chiropractor and doctor of natural medicine Abba Krieger has thrown his hat into the ring for the newly formed legislative District 61.

Krieger will run on the Natural Law Party ticket.

He will face off against Rep. Gregg Rippy, who is a Republican, and Glenwood Springs City Councilman Rick Davis, a Democrat.

The party, formed in 1988, is based at the Maharishi Ayurvedic University in Fairview, Iowa.

Its platform covers a variety of issues, including reforming health care, cutting taxes and safeguarding the food supply, and is based on the healing power of meditation.

Krieger said he’s been involved with the party for two years.

“I’ve identified on so many levels with the party,” he said.

His main focus, as is the party’s, is Americans’ declining health due to the foods we eat.

“We have the highest cost per capita for health care anywhere in the world because of the environment, especially the food we eat. We have a declining rate of longevity and increasing neonatal mortality. We spend more, and we get less,” he said.

Krieger contends that meat is laced with hormones and chemicals.

He also warns against genetically modified foods because of insufficient research.

“I feel ashamed at my profession for not taking a more vociferous stand against fast and fat food,” he said.

Like tobacco, the food industry is not telling the public about the inherent dangers in our food.

Krieger said his aim in running for the District 61 seat is more to educate the public than winning the election.

In the last three national elections, the Natural Law Party has put forward Harvard-trained physicist John Hagelin for president. While he garnered only 100,000 votes in the last election, he spread the word about the party and its issues, Krieger said.

He also hopes to get equal time with the Democratic and Republican candidates.

“I’m running against two entrenched political parties. There is discrimination against alternative parties,” he said.

“The truth is most political reform began with third parties. I’m hoping I won’t be excluded from debates. I won’t be surprised if I am,” he added.

People need an alternative to two parties that are funded and run by corporate interests, he said.

“Alternative parties will gain more credence, because people are tired and don’t see much difference between the two parties,” he said.

His campaign strategy is simple.

“I will accept any speaking engagements when they’re offered,” he said.

He will also write letters to the editor and to members of congress.

“I’ll talk to all the people I see,” he added.

Krieger is hopeful that he can spread his message to many people.

“A lot of people are so dismayed at the status quo that they’ve become apathetic. Hopefully I can excite them to become more pro-active,” he said.

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