Longmont, Colorado | September 14, 2020
Matthew Menza, the Unconventional Republican candidate running for Colorado’s State Senate District 17, has a rather unconventional method of discussing politics and talking to voters: airing his Airborne Addresses weekly while flying in his YAK-52 airplane.
Menza discusses topics ranging from mental health to what he brands as the “Energy Evolution Race” to incrementally evolve and implement more sustainable forms of energy. In the cockpit, Menza co-hosts with either his son, Lucas, his daughter, Emilia, or his wife, Tara.
The Airborne Address, according to Menza, is a novel way of reaching voters, “Talking politics and balanced solutions while flying is a great way to reach out to voters, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic when most people don’t particularly want face-to-face interaction. This also is a great way to maintain my pilot skills!”
The Airborne Addresses, published weekly since August 12th, have amassed over 32,000 views on Facebook so far.
The Menza campaign is uniquely positioned to take on the Boulder County Political Establishment and his opponent, Rep. Sonya Jaquez Lewis, and make the SD17 race the most contested Republican-Democrat race in recent memory in Boulder County. Through balanced solutions on topics from mental health, the environment, energy use, RTD, and science and technology, Menza plans to reach voters through unique solutions, not identity politics.