Politics is the only field of endeavor where people need problem solvers but often hire entertainers. I’m a scientist, an engineer, and a problem solver. I was inspired to run by the disregard for science and facts by the Trump administration and most of the Republican party leadership, but Crowdpac donators should’t fund me and my fellow scientists and engineers running for office just because we will stand up for science. You should fund us because we are professional problem solvers. We are the folks that, when you put a bunch of us together in a room, we come back with smart phones and rocket ships. When you put a bunch of traditional politicians in a room they come back with gridlock and deficits. If congress were made up of scientist we would not be having a debate about the existence of climate change we would be having a debate about whether to use regulatory or market based approaches to solve the problem of climate change. Scientist solve problems and if there is a barrier to solving a problem we come up with new approaches to get around the barrier.

For example, I think a lot about healthcare. I think we need single payer because it eliminates a lot of wasteful spending and delivers more healthcare for less money. But how do we get there? I realize that a lot of people don’t agree with the government doing anything and many more think single-payer might not work as well and might cost more to them than the private insurer system we have. Washington is stuck when it comes to improving healthcare. So what we need is a way to show the merits of single payer using the states as laboratories. I envision the following experiment that can prove if single payer or private insurance works better:

We should have a four-year trial period where states can opt-in to a single-payer system. Private insurance companies should be allowed to sell across state lines in all states who choose not to opt-in. At the end of the four-year experiment, there should be a referendum where the people of each state decide which system they prefer. I believe people will choose single-payer, but it’s time to stop arguing about health care, do an experiment, and let the people judge the results!

Proposing an idea which can prove their point of view wrong is something many normal politician would never do. Normal politicians form opinions and then rigidly stick to those opinions promoting or disregarding things as they support or detract from their point of view. Anyone remember Dick Chaney and the cherry picked WMD “evidence”? A problem solver wants to have a test that can disprove their hypothesis and will then change their mind if it does. A problem solver wants the best facts available because only true facts will light the way to the solutions, there are no alternatives. Imagine how great it would be to have a congress made up of people like this.

I grew up on my grandfather's farm in rural South Carolina. In addition to my immediate family, much of my extended family lived on this farm. I spent my childhood playing with my brother, and with my many cousins. We hunted, fished, and learned how to avoid alligators and snakes. My grandparents, aunts and uncles were there to help keep an eye on us. I was fortunate to have been truly raised by a village. I attended college at Clemson University and UNC-Chapel Hill. I earned an Electrical Engineering degree and Masters in Physics from Clemson and a PhD in physics from UNC. I used supercomputers to model proto-globular star clusters for my PhD. I’ve worked as a computer design engineer, research scientist, and a professor. For the past eleven years I’ve worked at a national lab programming and using supercomputers to study very complex physics problems. I also teach other scientists and engineers how to program and use supercomputers. I have published papers in radiation effects physics, nuclear physics, astrophysics, computational physics, and high performance computing.

When I get to congress I will be the congress person whose background makes them best able to understand; supercomputing, climate models, cyber security, and nuclear non-proliferation to name just a few. Our rapidly changing technology is becoming more and more important to our modern lives. I have the technical background to understand new technology that other members of congress just won’t have.

I’m married to a high school science teacher and I have two very energetic step-sons (7 & 10). Family vacations are usually spent outdoors. I met my wife hiking in the mountains.

In closing I would like to thank Crowdpac for supporting my campaign and others. Until we have public financing, groups like Crowdpac give people like me, who are willing to propose new solutions to our nations problems without regard to how it will affect their fundraising, a fighting chance.


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  • Ani R Thakar endorsed

    “I know Dennis as a past colleague and I am very confident that he will work his heart out for his constituents, and bring a high level of dedication, perseverance and scientific literacy and awareness (that is currently sorely lacking) to his work in Congress for the people of NM.”

  • Dave Strickland endorsed

    “Dennis has the principles and ideas we need in Congress. Let's have governance based on Reason.”

  • Andrew endorsed

    “We need a pragmatic, progressive, and persistent voice in Congress. Dennis is that voice. Science matters!”

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    “I know Dennis as a past colleague and I am very confident that he will work his heart out for his constituents, and bring a high level of dedication, perseverance and scientific literacy and awareness (that is currently sorely lacking) to his work in Congress for the people of NM.”

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  • Dave Strickland endorsed

    “Dennis has the principles and ideas we need in Congress. Let's have governance based on Reason.”

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    “We need a pragmatic, progressive, and persistent voice in Congress. Dennis is that voice. Science matters!”

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