Dave Koller is looking to prove “third time’s the charm” is not just a saying. After unsuccessful attempts for the 11th district seat in 2014 and 2016, Koller is throwing his hat into the ring for the 2018 elections.
“I wasn’t originally going to run, because I’m not a time waster. I don’t believe in wasting people’s time or people’s money or assets. We only announced a couple of weeks ago because people have encouraged me to run, have shown me that there is a way forward,” said Koller.
While he is running as the Democratic opposition to incumbent Daniel Webster, Koller pledges that he is not going to just vote down the party lines.
“It’s beyond party at this point, it’s about people and that’s what our campaign is, it’s a people first campaign,” said Koller.
His issues have remained the same as his 2016 run, focusing on placing people over politics, protecting seniors and veterans, increasing the minimum wage, improving the nation’s infrastructure and the promise of equal rights and opportunities for all Americans.
“As an elected official, you represent the people. You don’t represent parties, you represent the people, you represent your community. That’s what you do,” said Koller. “I have spent my entire life working with people and representing them, whether it be in Medicaid or Medicare or social security. I have been doing this since I was 17 years old, opened my own company here and I continue to do it today. To represent people is what I’ve done my whole life, it’s my way of thinking.”
His stance on increasing the minimum wage is something of interest. While a popular Democratic stance, Koller has taken a more practical approach towards the idea.
“Raising the minimum wage is only part of the solution. One of the things I’m working on developing is tax incentives for employers to pay their employees more,” said Koller. “We need to start making small business – not the current small business that is 500 employees or less – I’m talking five employees, 10 employees, community business, we need to find a way to promote them so they’re paying better so they can compete with big business.”