Since then, Dwyer thinks he’s become even more in touch with issues pertaining to the economy. Being a business owner and landlord and having knowledge of tax structures qualify his candidacy, he says.
PERSONAL: Age 43. Married to Maxine Dwyer. Two children, Bryan, 9, and Taylor, 7.
PARTY AFFILIATION: Libertarian
OCCUPATION: Inventory manager for three McDonald’s restaurants, landlord, farmer and stay-at-home dad.
EDUCATION: Data processing, North County Technical School, Florissant.
BACKGROUND: Formerly owned a pest control business; water purification specialist in the Air Force
“To be blunt, I’m running because of the current state of the union, the economy,” he said.
Dwyer was born in Creve Coeur and spent most of his life in the St. Louis area before moving to Boone County in 1995 after four years of service in the Air Force.
Dwyer favors states' rights over a strong central government.
“We as individuals have lost control of the federal government since the 17th Amendment passed,” he said. The amendment requires U.S. senators to be elected by the people, not state legislatures.
Dwyer also opposes health care reform legislation passed earlier this year. “It’s unconstitutional to force someone to buy something,” he said. “I believe they’ve overstepped their bounds.”
Dwyer supports balancing the federal budget and overhauling the tax system with FairTax, a long-proposed plan to eliminate the federal income tax.
“The current tax under the 16th Amendment punishes success,” Dwyer said. “By taxing business, all that really is is a back door to tax the consumer.”
On his chances for election, Dwyer remains confident about the primary but is taking it one step at a time.
“It’s moderately foolish, due to the funds (district incumbent Blaine Luetkemeyer) has, to do anything until after the primary.”
Dwyer encourages all voters to give a fair look at Libertarian candidates and to avoid common misconceptions.
“Most people, when they think of Libertarians, they say ‘Oh, those crazy people who get in the way of the other candidates,’” Dwyer said.
“I kinda have to admit that my running is selfish,” Dwyer said. “I just want my wife and kids to have a chance to grow up in a free place.”