Jeff Kazanow has worked in business for more than 30 years, 20 of which have been as a business consultant. In some ways, he said he wants to apply his consultant techniques to the government, like when to consider outsourcing.
“Before a business – or the government – looks to outsources, you need to make it efficient or effective,” he said.
Along with his background in business, Kazanow said the economy is in the forefront of his mind when it comes to this race.
“My take is: fiscal responsibility is important,” he said. “Tax cuts are not necessarily fiscal responsibility. I don’t know if tax cuts are the answer. There would be a stronger impact if we rebuild [our infrastructure].”
Kazanow said communication is something that needs to be brought back to Capitol Hill, and his own communication style is one he feels would help the process.
“We need to restore dialog and discourse to Congress. Gridlock is not an effective way to run the government,” he said.
“I’m a listener. I’m not really a talker. I’d rather sit in a room and listen to people talk and listen to their perspectives than tell them what they need to believe.”
Robert Montigel said he decided to run for a chance to address the deficit, healthcare and education at a national level.
“I’m running basically to give people a choice, to give them a chance to change Congress,” he said. “All these problems are solvable and there are lots of reasonable people in Congress – I hope there’s more than I even think. We just have to go about things in a way you would if you weren’t in the spotlight trying to gain votes.”
Montigel, a small-business owner, said proving the government is in control of the budget is important to the country.
“The most important thing is psychological that the government is in control of its spending,” he said. “Part of the deficit has to be revenue. The math doesn’t work unless you increase revenue somehow.”
As far as education and healthcare are concerned, competition and technology are two things Montigel said could be used to provide better and more affordable services.
“The biggest problem we have is the cost of those functions and there’s no reason that the cost should be going up,” he said.
“Where there is competition, those that are competing are using technology to become more cost-efficient.”
Information: www.kazanowforcongress.com and www.montigelforcongress.com.