"But not the one who has a big 'D' after his name," Gluck explained.
He pitched himself as a true Democrat, in the mold of
But unlike Johnson and Roosevelt, both elected as
"We no longer have a democracy in this country," Gluck said. "We have an oligarchy. Our country is being run by a handful of rich people."
Gluck, who works as a consultant in the information technology sector, sees it as his responsibility to "even the playing field."
He pledged first and foremost to advocate for the reversal of the
"No one can own me," he said of his decision to run an entirely self-funded campaign.
He named raising the minimum wage, forgiving student loan debt and establishing a single-payer national health insurance as other ways he would restore democracy, if elected.
He acknowledged that these types of programs might require more government spending. At the same time, he said, he supports "lean" government in the sense of spending money only to actually make a difference -- on education programs, for example.
One way to offset increased spending would be to reinstate the securities turnover excise tax, or STET, a small percentage added to every trade in stocks, swaps and other financial investment transactions. Gluck also proposed a more progressive income tax structure to raise tax rates for the highest income bracket.
Asked for more detail on how much he would tax the highest earners, Gluck said he would first need to consult with other members of the
Keeping his party's emphasis on environmental issues, Gluck also pitched several "green" initiatives, including switching from fossil fuels to alternative sources of energy such as wind and solar. He and his wife rely on solar panels for electricity and hot water for their home.
Some of his campaign fliers he's passing out today come from a prior campaign for
His current campaign is his fifth time seeking elected office. He ran for the
"I'm going to keep running as long as I can," Gluck said. "Eventually, millennials will understand why they're having problems and vote for folks like me. It may not be me, but I can help pave the way, at least."
Gluck will square off against three other candidates in the
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