Malayter running for Congress on platform to include term limits

Jan. 31—ANDERSON — Former CPA Patrick Malayter is one of six announced candidates seeking to represent Madison County in the U.S. Congress.

Incumbent Republican Victoria Spartz announced last year that she would not seek a third term, which has resulted a number of Republicans seeking to capture the nomination in the May primary.

Malayter, 68, has never run for public office in the past and is campaigning on three main issues.

He decided to run for office after watching a podcast in which it was contended too many Republicans were not willing to become active.

Malayter said he took a recent trip to Italy with his son and found the cities were clean, food quality was good.

"That's the way the U.S. used to be," he said.

Malayter said a main issue is to have term limits imposed on members of Congress.

"It should be limited to eight years," he said. "Money is such a huge driver in elections."

Malayter also wants legislation passed to prevent Congressional members from serving as lobbyists for a minimum of ten years.

"The only way is to have a Constitutional convention on one issue," he said. "Eighty percent of the American people want term limits."

A second priority issue for Malayter is education, and he wants changes so everyone is able to get a college degree.

He would like to see high school students encouraged to receive a two-year degree at a community college and use that as the means to obtain a four-year degree.

Malayter said the cost at a two-year college is $4,000 per year as compared to $25,000 at a university.

"They can still live at home and keep a job," he explained.

The third issue is public safety. He wants to change state law to allow people to file a lawsuit against a prosecutor who releases a career criminal.

"It's a revolving door criminal system," Malayter said. "That's a failure by prosecutors. Allow people to file a civil lawsuit to collect up to $250,000 and if an emergency responder is impacted the amount should be raised to $500,000."

He said it's a matter of negligence on the part of prosecuting attorneys.

Malayter also would like to revise the nation's tax code and eliminate loop holes to require wealthy Americans to pay a fair share of taxes.

"The tax code should be fair to people," he said.

With several candidates seeking the nomination having already raised over $1 million for the campaign, Malayter is conducting a "grassroots" campaign.

"I'm meeting with people," he said, "people in the business community and public safety. I'm here to discuss ideas."

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