“Every generation deserves the opportunity to govern themselves,” said Jonathan Dine, a Libertarian candidate for Missouri's U.S. Senate seat.
Dine said he decided to run because he wants better representation.
PERSONAL: From Riverside, Calif. Age 30. Single. One daughter, Isabella Rose.
PARTY AFFILIATION: Libertarian
OCCUPATION: Personal trainer at Snap Fitness in Kansas City
EDUCATION: High school degree
BACKGROUND: Member of NORML, which advocates for marijuana law reform.
Economy: Supports putting the U.S. dollar on the gold standard. Opposes corporate subsidies and bailouts. Opposes using federal money to encourage hiring.
Health care: Supports restrictions on medical liability lawsuits against doctors. Opposes any personal mandate for health insurance.
Taxes: Wants to repeal the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to eliminate the personal income tax.
Term limits: Argues that U.S. House members should be limited to four two-year terms and senators to two six-year terms.
Marijuana: Supports legalization of marijuana.
“I think we need more ordinary Americans to stand up and take an active role," he said. "I’d like to see doctors, bus drivers and teachers to get more diversity in the actual Congress."
Dine moved from California to Missouri in the early 2000s.
“I like the country feel to it," Dine said. "The pace of life is a little slower. People are just kind of cruising out here. They’re not in a hurry.”
Dine cruises around in his Mustang GT, advocating for individual liberty and freedom — issues he considers most important right now.
He is for the legalization of marijuana. He is also a strong supporter of term limits.
If elected, Dine said he would try to make government more of a watchdog without telling citizens what they can and cannot do.
He wants the government’s job to be protecting citizens. Dine said his best asset is he is “somebody that sees life from the ground level," not from “an ivory tower secluded from the rest of America.”