October 25, 2006 - Bill Dore never wanted to run for office, he said.
"I shouldn't be doing this," said the fiercely independent candidate, who faces two Republicans and two Democrats at the general election. The 66-year-old has grown tired of "idiots" and other elected officials who put their own interests ahead of the people's.
The people's interests boil down to border security - everything centers around the illegal immigration issue, said Dore, the Minutemen volunteer.
He wants county deputies, volunteers and retirees to help the Border Patrol agents. He's dead serious, too.
"If they're shot at, they shoot back," he said sternly.
"It would be different if the people coming here would assimilate." Criminally charged immigrants should be deported, and employers hiring them should be punished, he said.
Additional funds should go toward securing the border and no one in Arizona illegally should receive public benefits, such as healthcare, he added.
Some pundits characterize Dore's campaign as a joke. The retired engineering consultant has no chance, most have said. Dore seems unfazed.
The candidate can rant with the best of them - about the necessity for a statewide school dress code to his goal for the elimination of the sate income tax.
Dore wants a consumption tax, where people would pay no taxes on food or prescription drugs. The "user" tax would destroy jobs, Dore admitted, but would "eliminate all of the unnecessary paperwork that goes along with the IRS."
If he cannot implement a consumptive tax, he wants the rich to pay more and the middle and lower classes to pay less. Alcohol, cigarette and gas taxes all should increase, Dore said.
Several people contacted at both Republican and Democratic organizations would not comment on Dore, citing their unfamiliarity with the Chicago native and former Democrat. "I don't know anything about him," one Pima County Democrat said. "We're certainly not worried about him."
Dore has maintained his focus on his hometown of Douglas and other spots along the border. He recently attended a rally with Republican U.S. Congress candidate Randy Graf and others who take a hard-line stance regarding illegal immigration. He has not visited the northern section of the massive District 25 much at all, he said.
Dore seems to think the state should throw the most money at beefing up its law enforcement, according to polls filled out by the candidate.
Repeat offenders should have no chance at patrol, and lawyers should prosecute minors convicted of violent crimes as adults, said the death penalty advocate.
It all goes back to the border, Dore insisted.
A secure border "will cut crime (and) drug trafficking and save lives," he said.
On the lighter side, Dore, a die-hard recycler, supports a required return deposit on soft drink and beer containers, though during a recent interview, he focused most of his attention on illegal immigrants, whom he repeatedly referred to as "these people."
Despite chuckles and nay-sayers among those in the local political scene, Dore remains a strange, volatile mix of traditional Republican ideals - he does not support gay marriage - and Democratic tendencies - he favors stricter environmental regulations, increased funding for open space preservation and the increased use of alternative fuels.
Dore intends to fight right up until all of the ballots come in, he said.