Doctor eyes run for Congress


Residency requirements

There are no district residency requirements for candidates seeking federal offices.

According to Article 1, Section 2, of the U.S. Constitution, a candidate for U.S. House must only be an “inhabitant” of a state to take federal office, and isn’t required to live in the congressional district he or she seeks to represent. The only residency restriction is that a House member must have been a U.S. citizen for at least seven years before taking office. A U.S. senator must be a citizen for nine years.

A Lone Tree doctor who doesn’t live in the 3rd Congressional District may run for the seat.

Dr. Perry Haney, who is a practicing physician and a licensed chiropractor, has launched an exploratory committee seeking donations to run for Congress.

While his two websites, and, don’t specify which party’s nomination he’s seeking, his Facebook page lists him as a Democrat.

And while the websites imply he’s seeking the 3rd District, he doesn’t actually say so. Instead, his sites and Facebook page talk about campaigning on the Western Slope and in southern Colorado, which are in the 3rd District.

Haney didn’t return a message Wednesday at his Lone Tree office, which is in the 6th Congressional District that is represented by Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman.

However, he talks about why he’s the one for the job on his websites:

“As you may know, I am not a career politician. I’ve never run for anything in my life,” Haney wrote. “Instead, I worked hard, became a physician and built my practice and reputation as someone who helps keep patients healthy.”

If Haney enters as a Democrat, he would face Pueblo Democrat Sal Pace, who entered the race in late May. The winner of that primary, if there is one, would face Republican Rep. Scott Tipton.

“I welcome anyone who wants to get in,” Pace said. “I’m going to take every vote seriously and work hard to win the nomination.”

Haney’s websites and Facebook page claim he is a native of La Junta in southeast Colorado. One of his web pages shows him standing in front of the New Sheridan Hotel in Telluride, and the bottom of it lists a Grand Junction address.

Thing is, though, his image is clearly digitally altered to make him appear to be in front of the hotel, and the address is for a mailbox at The UPS Store at 2536 Rimrock Ave.

“When I talk to people around Colorado, everyone tells me about how sick and tired they are of politics as usual,” he writes on one of the websites. “They want the daily emails and robocalls from politicians to stop. They are tired of the used car salesman gimmicks of career politicians.”

According to his Facebook page, the 60-year-old Haney is a 1969 graduate of Hinkley High School in Aurora. He earned his undergraduate degree in business and finance from the University of Colorado in 1976, his chiropractor certificate from Palmer College of Chiropractic Medicine in Davenport, Iowa, and his medical degree from the CU School of Medicine.

He operates the SpineOne medical center in Lone Tree and other related businesses.


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