Ike McCorkle is a retired Force Recon Marine and single father of four in Douglas County, Colorado. Ike is the grandson of a West Point Officer and WWII veteran, the grandson of a Jewish Army Air Corps Pilot and WWII veteran, the son of an Army Nurse Major, the brother of an Army Captain, the cousin of an Army Captain and cousin of an Army Sergeant First Class. Ike is also the cousin of an IFD Infantrymen deployed to Gaza. Service is not just part of his experience; it’s part of his heritage.
Ike retired from the Marines in 2014 to be present in his kids’ lives and to recover from eighteen hard years of service in the USMC Infantry and Spec Ops communities. He hoped to take up gardening and other hobbies centered around colorful Colorado life, but the call to service rang again. To serve his kids, and your kids, Ike is answering that call.
Ike McCorkle is running in Colorado’s 4th Congressional District to replace incumbent Republican Ken Buck.
Coloradans and all Americans deserve representation that serves the people, not just the elite. Ike believes that Colorado’s 4th deserves ethical representation that will fight for the working class. We will answer the call to service, bringing integrity and the voice of the people back to this Congressional office. We will fight to get big money out of politics and create the America we are advertised to be a representative Democracy, for ALL our people, not just those who can afford to buy politicians.
An avid hiker, Ike feels a close connection to the land – a feeling enhanced by the beauties which surround Colorado citizens. Ike is committed to protecting the land and our Colorado way of life. Ike believes the nation’s elected leaders must acknowledge the extent of the environmental crisis and prepare the nation for what lies ahead. America must lead, not deny this looming crisis.
Ike is an unapologetic environmentalist and understands that scientists are telling us we have less than twelve years to address climate change or face our gravest of national security issues: a planet hostile to human life. Ike is a Coloradoan and knows that, as we transition away from fossil fuels to save the planet, we must create jobs and training for Coloradans in infrastructure and the emerging green energy economy. Ike considers himself a post-partisan, populist FDR-type Democrat, who believes most Americans agree on a majority of the issues. It’s time to stop letting those issues sit on the back-burner while we bicker about team red and team blue. We have to much work to do.
After serving four years in the Marines in 2001, Ike enrolled in college and a few months later 9/11 happened. He volunteered to reenlist as a rifleman in the US Marine Corps on September 12, 2001. During his eighteen years in the Corps, he attained the rank of Gunnery Sergeant, graduated from CU Boulder, was commissioned in 2009, and medically retired as a Captain in 2014. Ike deployed with the Marines six times, completing four combat tours. Like a lot of infantrymen in combat, Ike was wounded on multiple occasions, received the Purple Heart, and the Navy & Marine Achievement medal with combat Valor decoration.
Ike is a single dedicated father of four beautiful kids: Isaac Jr, Danica, Allen, and Miles. Ike and the children’s mother went through the modern nightmare: an active shooter in Isaac Jr.’s school. Junior was not physically harmed, but the mental trauma is impossible to escape. Like the PTSD so many brothers in arms suffer after service, our kids are enduring irreversible shock and stress. Ike believes we can uphold our Second Amendment in harmony with common-sense gun laws that can prevent our children from having to endure these traumas.
When Ike was two years old, his parents divorced. His mother raised her children in rural Washington, Texas, and Alabama. They lived in a trailer and depended on welfare, food stamps, government cheese, and free meals at school while Mom attended nursing school in hopes of providing a better life for her kids. Ike’s mom commissioned in the Air Force and later the Army, where she served her country as a Major. Ike understands what it is like to be poor and to need the help of community – help that proved invaluable for his family and engendered them with the desire to give back to their community. He also understands the role of education and hard work in improving people’s quality of life. Ike believes in an America that lifts its citizens up so that all of society benefits together, through a strong social safety net, the best educational opportunities in the world, and a social pact to give back.
With a military career and natural curiosity, Ike has traveled the world- visiting all the continents but Antarctica. He has seen combat zones, historic cities, and diverse cultures. The world contains both allies and enemies, and both require our attention. A student of history and keen observer, Ike developed a passionate commitment to the Constitution and individual civil liberty. Ike believes that protection of the right of all people to have home and family in safety and peace is a primary task of government.
As a child raised in a family that values military service and high standards of character and performance and as a man who has given his life to service for his country, Ike feels that integrity must be the foundational quality of any organization. Trust and confidence in government must be restored. Ike says what he means and means what he says. He will listen to Colorado’s citizens, will turn aside improper and immoral financial offers, and will fight for what is best for Colorado, America, and the world. Ike knows that with good leadership and solid planning, we can and will bring about a better future for America and our kids.
With your support, Ike McCorkle will serve Colorado’s 4th Congressional District with dignity and patriotism, as he has served his country. The days of special interests buying our governmental leadership must come to an end. We must save our Democracy to save our planet. America must provide justice, equity, and opportunity for all and give our children the hopeful future they deserve.
Together. For Colorado.