Candidate Name: John Foley District: Colorado HD14 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: https://foleyforhd14.org/ Phone Education: BA Russian Studies Occupation: Retire Army Intelligence
I'm a tax paying resident of Colorado, and a retire Military officer.
1) Pandemic recovery of of Schools, increased funding to schools & teacher pay. 2) Economic recovery from the Pandemic, focus on small business recovery and public-private partnerships.
Education and infrastructure. I would eliminate all previous Libertarian based anti-tax measures, which are by design to undermine faith in State government.
The states role is to facilitate grow of affordable housing.
I believe we need a state level task force to examine the issues and support voices from within these communities.
I'm not a "De-Fund" the police politican, instead I see the police as failing to upholding basic military discipline. I want police to have a stricter system of discipline on pare with the military's UCMJ system.
A great deal. A vibrant arts community aids our tourist economy and our society in general.
We should have a national voting holiday.
Candidate Name: Andres G Pico District: HD-16 E-Mail: email@example.com Website: Pico4Colorado16.com Phone 719-640-8451 Education: BS in Business Administration, MA International Relations, MA National Security Affairs Occupation: Retired
I am a retired Naval Flight Officer with significant operational and staff experience in large and complex organizations and have led departments. I’ve also retired from a second career in industry during which I was a project manager and led project teams and competed for contracts. That background combines both government and private sector experience. I have also served two terms on City Council and the Utility Board and so bring a mix of solid experience covering business and government. During my time on City Council the impact of state legislation on local governments and businesses and I can take that perspective to the legislature. Working with the city and industry we’ve expanded business opportunity along the Powers corridor and the airport commercial business park. This is a record of success.
Bringing people back to work during the current pandemic in a manner that is safe and can enable people to restore and maintain their livelihoods. I will work to remove artificial barriers and ensure a level playing field for companies and individuals while ensuring safety and access to medical care. Expand business opportunities for businesses and jobs through open and fair free market initiatives. A strong and vibrant economy is what ensures individual freedom, prosperity and opportunity. It is a strong economy that provides the tax base to fund government programs and build infrastructure. I will work to expand free market opportunities for all of our citizens and ensure that Colorado is able to recover from the pandemic and is positioned for the future.
Public Safety and the transportation infrastructure are the two most critical functions of state government. The priorities of the state funding should be focused on these first and other programs rank ordered in terms of urgency and whether the state should even be involved. I would expand public private partnerships that leverages private investment which is a formula that has worked very well.
The state should ensure that builders and construction companies have the opportunities to expand the supply of housing. In order to lower the cost of housing, more units need to be available. There can be various state incentives and programs to encourage lower cost housing options are built. In Colorado Springs, we have used various programs to encourage affordable housing construction with some success although there is a long way to go yet. I would not impose mandates on builders because that usually backfires by shifting costs and in the end reduces the supply. The builders need that economic incentive to build homes across the spectrum of housing needs. The state should not be involved in setting design standards, that is a local responsibility.
Yes, to a limited extent for a valid religious exemption in that a business owner should not be compelled to actively participate in a function in conflict with their religion. Religious Freedom is freedom only if it is for all. I do NOT believe that any business owner should be able to refuse standard services such as retail or commercial products and services.
These are areas that do need additional funding and access. I have and will continue to support public transportation where there is a need and budgets can be accommodated. Transit is a public service. I support additional job training and placement programs to assist people who are transitioning between jobs. I would reduce health care insurance mandates to ensure more options at lower costs are available and I would allow individuals to deduct health premiums just as employers do.
The state has specific areas in law enforcement but most law enforcement is at the local level. The state has a responsibility to set and enforce standards and to establish the laws. The legislation passed the last session was far reaching and I would like to see how well that works before proposing further changes. I would change the law to ensure that the state law enforcement exemption is eliminated so that all state agencies are held to the same standards that local law enforcement is. I would copy the C/S Law Enforcement Transparency and Accountability (LETAC) at the state level in order to ensure that there is an independent review of policies and procedures with recommendations for any needed changes submitted to the Legislature and Governor.
A vibrant and well funded arts and cultural sector is of great value in attracting business and tourism. The arts add to the economic and social vitality. Funding, however, should primarily be privately supported with limited government funding unless the voters vote on a specific tax measure to support the arts, such as the tourism taxes in place in many cities.
I believe that access to voting is very well established already with mailed ballots. The automatic voter registration for drivers’ licenses is already in place. I support multi-lingual voter registration drives to ensure that every eligible voter has the opportunity to vote.
Candidate Name: Stephanie Vigil District: CO House District 16 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: stephanievigil.com Phone: 719-297-3210 Education: Pikes Peak Community College Occupation: Campaign staffer and community organizer
I’m running to represent HD16 in our State Legislature because perspectives like mine need to be present where our laws are being made. I was a long time essential worker and grew into a community organizer after going into long-term recovery from a former disability. I lived to fight another day because a few lifesavers came through for me just in time, and I know that for every case like mine, thousands of others never get to tell their story. These are terrible odds! We can do so much better for ourselves and each other, rather than permitting essential resources like healthcare, housing, and transit to be left largely to the whims of volatile markets. I bring an intimate acquaintance with what’s broken in these systems of support, and how we can craft them to put people first and build a healthy and thriving society.
Housing affordability and availability were already pressing issues, even before Covid-19 took a toll on so many household incomes. The first critical step to doing something about housing affordability is to accept that developers and investors are not naturally inclined to build affordable units, and that government intervention is needed. We’ve made some strides in this direction in the last couple of sessions, but more is needed, particularly to protect renters. On the flip side of this are the low wages of those whose work we’ve finally begun to recognize as “essential.” If we don’t get action on a $15/hr minimum wage at a federal level, I’m prepared to go to work for it here in Colorado.
Funding education and better pay for our teachers can’t be put off any longer. When I hear from teachers in my district, it’s about low pay. These are the folks educating Colorado’s children. We cannot attract and retain excellent teachers with unlivable wages. Now as we all know, because of TABOR, our legislature cannot raise a tax, or even retain a surplus, without it going to the ballot. Assuming that remains intact, we’ll need to appeal to the people directly to fund what’s being asked. Funding other priorities, at the moment, unfortunately means taking the funds from something else or
There is more than one good answer to this, which is good news for a state struggling to find solutions for a growing population! Providing public land outright to builders specifically to develop affordable units is one solution, as well as expanded tax credits for larger complexes that provide more units per project. And also some more indirect measures, such as granting local governments the ability to set housing policy that makes sense for their own communities, whether it’s stabilizing rents or requiring a certain ratio of affordable units in every project.
I am not. When you open a business that’s ostensibly open to the public, you sign up to serve the public without unlawful discrimination against customers. This idea that religious belief entitles someone to sidestep laws that others are expected to follow, with their personal religion as a defense, doesn’t make for a better society. It’s also quite a stretch to fit this in the definition of “free exercise” of religion, and I doubt that its proponents would appreciate being on the receiving end of it themselves.
In addition to the housing issue, public transportation is another priority for underserved communities, and for anyone concerned with traffic congestion, pollution, and carbon emissions. We need to rethink the common view of public transportation as a last resort, something that’s only for needy residents, and instead imagine a system that we’re all proud of and happy to use. Otherwise there continues to be an unwritten assumption that public services aren’t actually for everyone, and fosters the temptation to save money by cutting them; this costs us more in the long run than making sound investments in our shared future.
Simply put, we spend an outrageous amount of money policing and incarcerating our population, particularly Black people who are routinely racially profiled and policed more aggressively. If this is all supposed to be keeping crime at bay, it doesn’t seem to be working if there’s always this need for continued, and even increased, police and prison funding. Being “tough on crime” needs to include being tough on poverty, tough on slumlords, tough on wage theft, tough on environmental destruction, and tough on all the exploitation and abuse of ordinary people that leads to the problems they’re being punished for. I’d like to see us build beyond the good work of SB20-217, and put more money into harm reduction efforts than on punitive measures.
This is the kind of funding that always comes back to us when we invest it, and we’re smart to spend on this. For one, we want artists to stay here and contribute to the vibrancy of their community, not be forced to leave looking for paid work. Additionally, public art has a way of promoting a sense of belonging and community pride that reduces vandalism, theft, and other petty crimes that contribute to neighborhood decline. An enriched environment is associated with improved quality of life by virtually every measure, and is worth every penny we put toward it.
Thankfully we do such a good job with this in Colorado, and I hope to see our system eventually adopted nationwide. I do think we could use more dropboxes in some rural and low-income areas. As a side note, I’d like to encourage readers to please vote no on the misleading Amendment 76 initiative. Non-citizens do not have the ability to vote in Colorado, though citizens do have a protected right in our Constitution with the words “every citizen,” which this amendment would replace with “only a citizen.” It’s not a necessary edit unless someone is planning to introduce additional
Candidate Name: John C Hjersman District: HD-16 E-Mail: john.hjersman@LibertarianCandidate.co Website: https://www.facebook.com/john.hjersman Phone (719) 330-6684 Education: BS, Marine Engineering, US Merchant Marine Academy Occupation: Retired Marine Engineer
I am a US citizen. I am over 25 years of age, born in 1947. I have lived in the state and district over 1 year, having established residency in September, 2013.
1. Economic hardship due to business restrictions imposed by ill-advised political edicts. I’ll seek to reinforce limitations on executive powers through censure. 2. Decay of individual liberties by overreaching legislation. I’ll seek to repeal or amend harmful legislation.
Budget priorities should be to defund programs that do not deliver the results promised and those whose unintended undesirable consequences overshadow their original intent. This would reduce spending.
The state has no other role in the provision of affordable housing than to remove regulation that prevents or impedes it. The state has no role whatsoever in housing design.
I am in favor of preserving the right of private enterprise to refuse service to anyone for any reason. I am in favor of requiring public employees to serve the public as required by their job descriptions regardless of their personal beliefs and values.
I propose to eliminate medical insurance for routine medical care, causing medical service providers to compete for business but without the crippling overhead of dealing with insurance company documentation. I propose school vouchers for students under 18 to attend trade schools.
Eliminate qualified immunity, eliminate asset forfeiture, eliminate no-knock warrants, require transparency regarding LEO use of force statistics and details, require evidence of adequacy of LEO training programs, require traffic safety enforcement to demonstrate public endangerment.
The arts contribute greatly to cultural vitality. Any cultural program that can’t be privately or self funded is obviously not sufficiently popular to survive and is unlikely to deserve public funding.
I am unaware of any significant issues with access to voting.
Candidate Name: Tony Exum District: House District 17 E-Mail: email@example.com Website: tonyexum.com Phone: 719-661-4910 Education: Palmer High School; University of Southern Colorado, BS in Social Science Occupation: Firefighter
Since I’ve been living in southeast Colorado Springs for more than 65 years, I have a deep understanding of what makes our community so great, and what struggles we face. I have served this community for over 40 years, as a volunteer basketball coach, an umpire for youth softball, and as a firefighter. And after retiring as a Battalion Chief of the Colorado Springs Fire Department, I continued my public service by running for office. Together with my fellow legislators, I worked to help make Colorado Springs, and our state as a whole, a better place to live. Now, I’m ready to continue my work here in our community and up at the Capitol, to help make Colorado Springs the best city it can be.
Jobs: Coloradans are hard workers. Still, as we bear witness to an ever changing and increasingly competitive job market, many people willing to work can’t find employment, and those who are employed aren’t earning enough money to survive. Investing in job training opportunities means creating more jobs. This is especially true for those without four-year degrees and for our veterans returning home from their service. Infrastructure: Colorado is a growing, opportunistic state which is attracting more new residents each year. As such, it’s taking some of our community members twice, even three times as long to get to and from work each day, and more traffic means more damage to our roads. The county and city cannot forget about SE Colorado Springs when considering infrastructure improvements. We need improved roads, bridges, and sidewalks, as well as investment into community spaces such as parks.
The state legislature needs to prioritize funding to issues Coloradans care most about: education, infrastructure, housing, and healthcare. Because of TABOR, tax increases are decided by Coloradans at the ballot box. Now more than ever, Coloradans need to keep as much of what they earn as possible, so it’s a smarter move to look for sources of funding that do not involve trying to raise state income tax. For example, as long as we protect public ownership of infrastructure, public-private partnerships can be an excellent source of revenue.
Creating and sustaining quality affordable housing is of high importance in my district. That’s why as the Representative of HD17, I fought to protect rent and heating assistance for low-income seniors, as well as to cut property taxes on small businesses and homeowners. We also need to address the issue of wage stagnation. Housing and renting prices are increasing at rates that far surpass the average person’s yearly salary increase, and many people are barely able to make their mortgage or rent payments each month. With more money in their pockets, Coloradans can have a secure place to live while also reinvesting their extra income into our economy through purchase of goods and services.
As a man of faith, my religion is important to me and a prominent aspect of my life. In fact, it is because I am religious, and because I have faced discrimination because of the color of my skin, that I am against the idea of people using their religion as an excuse to be bigoted. I believe it is critical that we continue to fight to protect our first amendment rights, and I believe our community should be a safe, inclusive place for everyone.
I want to work for reduced college tuition benefits for veterans, as well as job training opportunities for when they return home from service. Our seniors also need the assurance they can live safe, independent lives with access to safety nets when they need them. And we need to actively fight against irresponsible cuts to Medicare. No one should go without their medication because the cost is too high. Additionally, reliable, far reaching public transportation is important so all of our community members can affordably get to and from work and leisure activities.
As a retired firefighter myself, I know how important police forces are for protecting public safety and security. That’s why I don’t want to overburden police forces with duties which could be handled by other community services. It’s unfair to the police, forcing them to do work outside their scope of duties. So if we can reduce these burdens on police then we might be able to reallocate the extra police budgets towards those community services picking up their proper responsibilities. That sounds like a good idea to me.
The arts are critically important, and they should be a priority in funding decisions, not the first to receive funding cuts. In schools, learning about all of the arts is just as important to nurturing intelligent, happy, well-rounded children as is learning math and having accessibility to sports programs. Creative industries contribute greatly to our economic growth, and the various arts and cultural sectors make our community special, and that makes them worth protecting.
By utilizing online registration, mail-in ballots which give Coloradans weeks to vote, and by having the ability to preregister at age 16, Colorado already has better accessibility to voting than many other states. Still, there are always ways we can improve. We can increase the number of polling locations, so our community members can easily drop off their ballots if they miss the mail-in deadline. We also need to recognize the diversity of our community and have ballots available in other languages, such as Spanish.
Candidate Name: Robert (Rob) Blancken District: House District 17 Representative E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.robert4hd17.com Phone N/A Education: K-12 R-1 Public School Lakewood CO Attend: Community College of Denver Red Rock Campus Occupation: Retired from CSU Water Treatment Spec. Co-owner of several small business enterprises over my lifetime.
Having live over 35 years in my house district I know what challenges we face in the Southeast part of Colorado Springs. I have been involved with politics as a political activist for over 30 years this is given me insight into how legislation is made and how they work.
Bringing about mental health reform, especially this year as we see an increase in suicides and domestic violence. Education, parental choice, and an open voucher system. COVID-19 has shown the need for parents to be more actively involved in the education of their children. Parents’ choice must be provided as an alternative to public education. Having the choice of public education, charter schools, private schools, parochial schools, and home education tied to a voucher system to help parents pay for the education of their choice.
The way our current budget priorities are structured now, one third of our budget is spent on education, one third of our budget is spent on social services, the last third of our budget supports all other state agencies and departments this includes corrections and transportation i.e.; bridges and roads. I think we can adjust some spending in social services to address mental health, but for the most part it is balanced fairly and has worked over the last few years. We will be facing a severe budget shortfall in 2021 due to shutting down of our businesses and loss
I do not support socialism, determining what neighborhoods receive affordable housing has led to areas having a disproportion number of people living in poverty. We have seen from the East Coast and West Coast is having rent control and affordable housing turn into disasters is this what we really want Colorado?
I cannot envision why a legislator would endorse a law in how a private business would conduct their service with their customers. Free market enterprise (capitalism) is based on how well you supply a product or service to customers. If a business owner turns away business for whatever reason that is up to the owner, not the State.
This question asks how much you are willing to spend and where will the money come from. Public transportation must stand on its ridership not on the backs of taxpayers. Universal healthcare is socialism! Job-training programs can be a joint venture between free market enterprise and the community that is promoting job-training and placement of citizens into the job market.
We should fully fund our police and first responders, they put their lives on the line for each of us every day. Accountability is required in almost every profession; the police are no different. Officer complying with policies and procedures should be supported by their commanders and elected officials.
I support arts and cultural events, but this does not mean I support them with your or my tax dollars!
Colorado is probably one of the most progressive states in how we vote. We have 21-day voting cycle, you can register the same day and vote. You can mail in your ballot or vote in person, how much more can you do that have citizens vote?
Candidate Name: Susan Quilleash District: 17 E-Mail: email@example.com Website: none Phone:719-271-5822 Education: BA with some graduate work Occupation: writer,retired teacher,retired soldier
I grew up here in Colorado Springs, I have worked here most of my life as a teacher in school district 2 and 11, as a soldier at Ft. Carson, and in various part-time jobs while I finished my degree. I know what we need. I am one of the people. I am a leader who can follow orders,that is a description of a sergeant.
local businesses being pushed out. I would initiate a tax on foreigners (anyone not of the state) and deregulate. Each person can do what is right for them and for their customers without interference from the government.
EDUCATION and safety. funding for safety is best done through insurance, and tolls, funding for education is best done through subscription. I really hate taxes.
housing would be a lot cheeper without all the stupid regulations. The state does have a responsibility to the safety of its citizens, and as such it does need to house those citizens, but it is not the states job to build.
I am not in favor of legislation that tells a business who or what it can serve. If a business won’t serve someone because they believe differently, I think that that business will fail due to lack of custom.
education. if we realize that we are all the same in wants and needs then we will know to serve those who look different on the out side he same.
reduce the funding for the administrators in favor of the funding for the men and women on the beet, and for the equipment that is needed to safely ensure the safety of our citizens.
The better access to the arts, the better we think. The better we think, the better we live.
I was somewhat disappointed in not going to a polling place in favor of a mail-in ballot. But as I thought about it, I realized that the mail-in gives better access to all. We might need to increase drop-off points, mine is close enough, but I am unsure of everyones. We need to study and verify the population points.
Candidate Name: Marc Snyder District: House District 18 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: snyderforcolorado.com Phone: (719) 233-1272 Education: B.A. in Political Science and B.A. in Economics from Emory University; JD Law Degree from Emory University School of Law Occupation: Attorney
I have served in public office in the Pikes Peak region for more than 20 years, and I’ve learned in that time, from the ground up, what our districts need and how to effectively address those needs in a bi-partisan and community-inclusive manner. I served 12 years on the Manitou Springs city council and, during my 6 years as Mayor there, I lead the city out from difficult times, including the Waldo Canyon fire and subsequent flooding. I have served on over a dozen regional boards and commissions, including the PPACG board (where I was Chair in 2015), the PPRBC (also Chair), the EPC Board of Public Health and the PPRTA board. In 2018, I won election to serve as the state representative from House District 18, and I’m running for re-election to continue representing our local community and its needs in the state legislature.
We have immediate and long-term needs. Our immediate needs involve recovering from the coronavirus crisis. The virus infected tens of thousands of Coloradans and forced thousands into hospitals. We need to work with our health care system and providers to take care of these people. And the economic disruption hurt not only small businesses, but also many workers at large companies. We must support workers and businesses. Our long-term needs are finding adequate funding for critical education and transportation/infrastructure needs, and countering the growing environmental threats caused by climate change. We need to increase funding for our schools and teachers, and invest in vocational/apprenticeship programs. Addressing our backlog of transportation needs and planning for a sustainable future direction will improve our safety, grow our economy, and enhance our quality of life. And it is of course our moral responsibility to proactively protect our land, water, and air, combatting climate change.
My budget priorities and funding preferences are: 1. increased education funding within the current budget, and Gallagher reform for long term sustainability; 2. increased transportation infrastructure funding within the current budget, and TABOR reform for long term sustainability; 3. a healthcare public option available to all Coloradans, creating economies of scale to help reduce costs and improve outcomes; 4. reduced DOC costs through criminal justice reform, utilizing rehabilitative and restorative justice practices, also providing skills training and reducing recidivism; and 5. redirect state economic development funds toward fostering small business sustainability through increasing access to capital and reducing regulatory barriers
The good news is our state legislature has already increased access to affordable housing. In 2019, we passed HB19-1322, which transfers up to $30 million each year from the unclaimed property trust fund into the housing development grant fund, to help buy land and build utilities for affordable housing projects, help low-income buyers get a house by helping with down payments, and help with rental assistance for homeless families, Medicaid clients in nursing homes, family unification, veterans, households below 60 percent of the area’s median income, and survivors of domestic violence. And in 2020, we passed HB20-1410, using $20 million of our federal CARES Act money for two critical services: $350,000 for an evictions defense fund to help people pay the legal expenses of defending themselves in court from eviction proceedings, and the remaining $19.65 million for rent and mortgage payment assistance. We’ve made progress, but we can do more.
No. People have a right to freely practice whatever religion they so choose; businesses don’t. Legislation allowing arbitrary discrimination would violate the Colorado and US Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and non-discrimination. Colorado’s public accommodation laws promote a more fair, just, and equitable society. And we must continue to support and protect the good work of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which fights against unjust discrimination. Adopting discriminatory legislation would be a step backwards and potentially lead us down a slippery slope towards outcomes similar to those from the Jim Crow Era.
We must prioritize revitalizing disadvantaged communities by investing in vocational and apprenticeship programs in high schools, so students have the skills needed to succeed. We must improve our public transportation infrastructure system to increase access to jobs and services. We must create a healthcare public option to insert competition into the marketplace and force private providers and insurers into competitive business practices. And we must reform our criminal justice system to become one which does not disproportionately devastate our minority communities. As your state representative I have fought and will continue fighting for these policies, while also demanding measurable results.
I know how important police forces are for protecting public safety and security. That’s why I don’t want to overburden police forces with duties which could be handled by other community services. It’s unfair to the police, forcing them to do work outside their scope of duties. So if we can reduce these burdens on police then we might be able to reallocate the extra police budgets towards those community services picking up their proper responsibilities. That sounds like a good idea to me.
The arts and culture sector contribute $153.3 million annually to our regional economy. This enhances our quality of life and helps us attract and retain a diverse array of talented individuals. We should all be proud that House District 18 is home to two state certified creative districts! These and other arts and cultural centers make our district a fun, exciting, and vibrant destination for locals and visitors alike. We all benefit from being in a culturally rich community, and I hope everyone can find new ways to participate in Arts Month this October!
We must guard against and, if necessary, defeat again any legislation denying voter access and voting rights by requiring photo identification for voting and proof of citizenship for voter registration. We must support legislation increasing access to voting, such as motor-voter programs, early registration for 16 year olds, and same day registration. Voting centers and ballot drop-off boxes must be fairly and equitably located, ensuring all communities have equal access. And finally, we must enact additional measures to insure voter access for disadvantaged peoples, such as those with disabilities and the elderly.
Candidate Name: Joe Thompson District: HD 19 E-Mail: joe@joethompsonforHD19.com Website: JoeThompsonforHD19.com Phone: 757.349.0624 Education: Rutgers University – Bachelor of Arts - Sociology Occupation: Retired – Department of Defence
Over 35 years of administrative experience managing budgets and human resources at all levels of command from Brigade to the Department of the Army Headquarters in the Pentagon. Worked extensively with other defense department agencies and Congress.
During this pandemic, the two most pressing issues are health care and the education of our children. Before we can begin to get our economy back to normal, we must get this pandemic under control. To accomplish this we must put partisan politics aside, and work together with the states and federal government to uniformly enforce the guidelines put forth by the CDC and have the Congress pass the Heroes Bill to provide temporary funding necessary to keep the economy stable. The education of our children will impact the state’s ability to attract new business. We must eliminate Gallagher and increase school funding for teachers and educational resources to ensure our children receive the skills that will allow them to compete effectively in the global market.
Budget priorities should include Education, Health Care, and Alternative Energy Sources. Funding to be determined.
The state should work with local city governments to identify and develop affordable housing.
No if a person is doing business in the public sector it is illegal to discriminate against any person.
First I will meet with leaders in the affected communities, and, based on their input, develop a plan of action.
Provide funding for mental health professionals to work alongside police.
It provides an opportunity for a community to come together, stimulates the local economy for artists and provides a cultural education setting to stimulate young people.
I think Colorado has one of the best voter access programs in the United States.
Candidate Name: Meg Fossinger District: House District 20 E-Mail: email@example.com Website: megforcolorado.com Phone: 719-257-3759 Education: Graduate of Cheyenne Mountain High School; Bachelors in Sociology, University of Northern Colorado Occupation: I have been in the social work field for nearly 15 years
I have been in the social work field for nearly 15 years, serving the most vulnerable in our community. For the last 8 years, I have been involved in state politics, tracking legislation, and helping teach others how to get involved in the legislative process. I have a thorough understanding of how bills are written and how they are implemented on the ground. Far too often, legislation is written that does not actually serve those it is meant to serve due to the bureaucratic barriers. My goal is to focus on evidence-based policies and programming and to ensure that we are spending our money in ways that match our values and serve our community members.
Living on the west-side of Colorado Springs is incredibly special; it comes with nearby access to hiking trails and regular visits from wildlife. It is also high-risk for wildfires, as we saw with the Waldo Canyon fire. I support protecting our public lands and open spaces and managing them properly, to ensure appropriate wildfire mitigation. We also must address climate change and I support a just transition to renewable resources and investing in evidence-based mitigation practices. This district contains 7 different schools districts, all of which will be impacted by the state budget cuts to education. I am committed to putting our schools first and working to increase funding to pre-recession levels at minimum. This is not a problem the legislature alone can solve. We also must evaluate TABOR and Gallagher and determine what parts of it are serving us well, and what is not then amending them appropriately.
The number one priority should be to ensure that the basic needs of its residents are being met, to include access to food, affordable housing, medical care, education, and safety. There is no question that funding is difficult, especially right now. We must go line by line through the budget and ask ourselves if programs are meeting the needs of the community, effective, and then identify where they fall on our priorities list. For example, the State Fair had no public events this year, but their budget was $9,841,606 for a decrease of only $135,099 from 2019.
Housing falls into a basic need for all people residing in the state. I support creating public-private partnerships to address the sky-rocketing cost of living and I think it is important that the state invest in increasing the number of affordable units and to prevent homelessness. Additionally, we must decrease the stigma around housing vouchers and partner with landlords to increase access for those on waivers. By following evidence-based practices, we can decrease the number of homeless, support families staying in their homes, and provide the necessary housing stability which allows people to thrive.
No. I believe discrimination in all forms is dangerous and should not be tolerated or legalized.
Each of these issues impacts a person’s opportunity and upward mobility. I support increasing public transportation, ensuring that everyone has access to affordable health care, and investing in additional private-public partnerships with our workforce centers. There is no one answer that will solve the issue of access, but by bringing those impacted to the table along with those that can resolve the problem, we can create solutions that meet our community’s needs.
Unfortunately, law enforcement has become the babysitters of our society instead of being able to focus on their job of addressing criminal behavior. I support an audit of the calls that law enforcement is receiving and identifying who could better respond to some situations. I also support investing in evidence-based community programs that decrease recidivism rates and allow non-violent individuals to remain in the community instead of our over-populated jails. By addressing the over-criminalization of non-violent offenses, the increase in law enforcement responsibilities, and the over-incarceration of non-violent offenders, we can significantly decrease law enforcements budget and promote community safety.
In addition to attracting visitors and providing residents with opportunities to experience a variety of activities, our art and cultural institutions literally save lives. They allow for us learn from one another, share our experiences, and connect on an interpersonal level that cannot be achieved through other means. Artists are the canary in the coal mine, and our art and cultural institutions serve the same role. We are all well-served by ensuring their financial stability.
Colorado has one of the best election systems in the nation. With ballots mailed to every voter, drop boxes and voting locations easily accessible, and ballots checked to confirm identity upon receipt, we can rest assured that our system is secure and that voters are able to safely cast their ballot. One change we can make is to have automatic voter registration for qualified individuals when they get their State ID/Drivers License.
Candidate Name: Mary Bradfield District: House District 21 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.marybradfield.com Phone: 719-330-6732 Education: BS in Education Occupation: Retired Educator
I have lived in this district for over 30 years and have been active in the El Paso County Republican Party for many years. I am very knowledgable of the issues and problems facing the people of this district as well as the county.
Mental Health. I am interested in helping increase and improve treatment through more flexible treatment options, payment options, and improved education about mental health. Affordable housing. I would like to work with all stakeholders in the housing industry to improve the quantity and quality of housing that first time home buyers can afford.
Education and transportation are two important priorities. Since I would be a newly elected representative, I am not sure how to improve/increase funding.
The role of government should be one of guidance. The industry can set the standards. The market will determine the success by what is purchased.
I really don’t think all of this is something that the state government should be making rules. Each community is unique and the solutions for each must be determined within the community-not dictated by the state.
Keep the funding; we need law and order. Increase officer training and utilize more personnel from the behavioral sciences with officers.
A vibrant art culture is like the cherry on the top of an ice cream sundae. It can attract tourists, promote different perspectives, and increase community well-being.
Colorado does a great job for providing access to voting with the mail-in ballot.
Candidate Name: Liz Rosenbaum District: HD21 E-Mail: ElectLiz2020@gmail.com Website: www.LizRosenbaum.com Phone; 719-661-5108 Education: Pikes Peak Community College, Social Sciences, Anthropology Regis University, Secondary Education, Social Sciences, Economics
I founded the Fountain Valley Clean Water Coalition in November 2016 and maintained action items and then used coordinating strategies between government agencies, NGOs, elected officials, and residents for equitable legislation. We held monthly meetings to educate ourselves on what PFAS chemicals were, learned we did not have laws protecting our drinking water systems so we worked on creating legislation to protect ourselves and others across Colorado, protect our firefighters exposed to the toxic firefighting foam, and we had the broader goal in mind to create ways to prevent other contaminations, too. I taught our coalition members and residents how to lobby their elected officials with written and verbal testimonies. I am here with a people first, through empowerment and participation at all levels type of representation.
In our community and across the state we desperately need to fix the funding provided to our public school systems so our teachers, education assistants, bus drivers, and others directly working with our children are paid a fair wage and salary. Our state has underfunded our education system for decades, which has left our teachers the lowest paid in the nation. We cannot continue to let this catastrophe continue anymore, and I propose a house bill to increase their pay with the corresponding adjustments for educators who have received Masters degrees and have not yet been compensated for it due to lack of proper funding. Another piece of legislation I will introduce is a statute of limitation change for litigation from two years to five years for people who have been contaminated. People who have an injury as a result of an auto accident have three years to file a
Funding our public education and social services is the majority of our state’s budget. We need to look at the programs no longer working efficiently and adjust or remove them. We need to set up a system for mental health support for all ages of residents in Colorado. The COVID responses and budget adjusting will still need to be carefully monitored and set up. I will continue to do monthly meetings with the residents in HD 21 to make sure the programs and resources work for what we actually need here as well, rural, town, and city needs are all
Our state needs to continue with policies like HB20-1322 which uses our state’s unclaimed property funds to provide affordable housing opportunities, and it goes into effect this coming year. The initial portion of this bill was for seven years but it was cut to only three years. This infusion of cash funding after years of neglect is desperately needed. We need to also provide funding for middle class working families to purchase homes. Under capitalism, housing provision is based on what will make developers, lenders, and landlords rich — not what average people need to survive. That is why we will never get decent, affordable housing for everyone under the free market, we have to elect people from our communities who understand this and work for our working families. I am committed to work on this goal being accomplished for our residents in HD 21 and across the state.
A public company is and needs to be available for the public. I support equal justice under the law for everyone in our state and in the country. Refusing equal service to customers based on the owners’ religious beliefs is not reasonable, all Americans — gay people, religiously observant and religiously observant gay people, or people of different ethnicities should not be treated differently.
I will support legislation, policies, and funding to create more safe ways for residents to travel, improved access, and multimodal opportunities. As a health insurance broker I see first hand how lower middle class working families still cannot afford plans on our state exchange at times, the subsidies do help off set the costs, yet their housing costs are taking up too much of their monthly budgets. We desperately need a more equitable solution for health care and insurance for all Coloradans.
Law enforcement organizations need to recognize the disparities of policing in many communities, lawmakers need to participate in these conversations and create better laws for equal justice for all people. Black Americans being victimized and killed by police is an epidemic, and this has been going on for centuries. We are in a pivotal and critical moment to address this crisis and actually fix it with community conversations and new approaches to protecting all people in our communities.
Our lives would be dull and boring without beautiful art to interpret our lives into a glorious and colorful story. Our communities need robust art programs to bring culture and diversity to our everyday lives. I would like to support more women artists, and have more parts of our history in this state told through art.
Our state is leading the way in our nation with providing many ways to access voting. Every year more ballot drop off locations are added into the areas, and in our House District 21 we now have three places. Continuing the expansions of drop off locations in new housing areas being built can be done, too. I believe that access to voting is a fundamental right for all Americans and when I see other states remove access or slow down the mailing systems to process ballots, I consider this to be a violation against our democracy. Our population has significantly
Candidate Name: Michael Seebeck District: State House 21 E-Mail: email@example.com Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/214751856640860/ Phone: 719-464-2120 Education: B.A. Computer Science, B.A. Mathematics, Benedictine College, 1995 Occupation: Software Engineer
As a software engineer, I specialize in understanding and fixing defective processes and untangling other people’s messes. The state legislature is a poster child for that need as it’s a complete mess. As a former member of my HOA Board, I rewrote their Bylaws and Covenants, so I know how to write rules and laws. I have done similar with my party in two states and local levels. I have been a Southern Colorado resident for most of 36 years and the Fountain Valley for most of the past two decades. I’ve seen the growth and growing pains, and I understand what is needed to continue to make the valley the exceptional place it is and can be.
1. Infrastructure. Fountain Valley has been shortchanged by CDOT for far too long and that needs to be changed by improving our roads and bridges. That’s addressed by reforming CDOT to approach issues on a county-by-county basis in partnership with local governments, and not be Denver-centric. 2. Economic diversity. Fountain Valley’s primary economy is supporting Fort Carson, but it has industrial potential that is untapped that can grow and strengthen the local economy. That is addressed by getting the state government out of the way of local economic development, starting with rolling back and reforming DORA, which is the chief roadblock for the economy both locally and statewide.
In no specific order, infrastructure (roads, bridges, firefighting, police), parks and trails, prisons, higher education, and courts. The rest of what the state does, including Pre-K-12 education, are things that should be done locally or not at all, and by restructuring those items or eliminating them, the funds are there for the priorities without raising taxes. The state cannot be everything to everyone, so it should stop trying to be. Instead it needs to focus on a handful of specific things that benefit the most people and do those things exceptionally well. That’s also responsible stewardship of our tax dollars.
“Universally-designed housing” sounds like a bad idea of centralized planning, because individual and family needs will vary. The state legislature simply need to get out of the way and let the counties and municipalities handle it in the manner that best fits their needs. What works in Denver doesn’t necessarily work in Cortez, and vice versa. However, incentivizing developers to build modest Craftsman-style smaller homes, as well as incentivizing “tiny homes,” creates a housing market that people can afford without having to buy tract McMansions on postage-stamp lots in aesthetically-uninspiring subdivisions. Apartments? If housing is affordable, apartments will follow suit to compete for renters.
Yes, but only provided that such legislation affords the necessary strong property rights protections that should be for all residents and businesses. The state Public Accommodations Law is unconstitutional and needs to be reformed or abolished, as it violates the individual rights of freedom to contract (or not) and freedom of association (or not) as are enumerated in the state and federal Constitutions. Businesses can refuse customers, but at their own economic peril as it is not a good business practice to do so—INCLUDING over wearing masks during government-manufactured economic crises.
Get the state out of it and let the counties and municipalities address it as they feel necessary for their circumstances. Government-run solutions are only effective when done at the correct level of government, which is closest to the people, and the state level is not that level for almost everything. My own community is underserved in education (Hanover D-28), the state hasn’t done a thing to help, and the current state funding model is not designed to help.
I come from a family of cops, including my parents. The ideal solution to the current perceived problem of bad cops is to get better cops, and that means they are better-educated; better-trained, especially in ethics and integrity; better screened psychologically at hire; and once hired they weed out the bad cops and get rid of them. Qualified immunity should not be removed except when malfeasance is found by a coroner’s jury (remember those?). When a community gets better cops, they can rebuild community trust. It has started in the Fountain Valley, with excellent results, but there is still far to go. Repeal Red Flag Laws no-knock warrants, off-hours warrants, and expand Make My Day to all of one’s property, family, and guests, because cops can’t be everywhere at once, especially when they’re busy writing speeding tickets instead of addressing actual crime with actual victims.
Art and culture are important, but not at the expense of properly and accurately learning the lessons of history, and art and history go together to understand both. All of it should be privately funded and maintained. When government holds the purse strings, they also hold the censor keys, and that’s unacceptable. With private funding, competition happens and that’s far better. The Fountain Valley needs its own history and art museum, and PPIR needs to be promoted more as a performing arts venue since it has the facilities to be exactly that.
The current voting system we have in play is well-designed and well-implemented. But three things can be done better. 1. Voting eligibility should be expanded such that if one is a property owner in Colorado that does not live here, they can still vote on ballot issues (not candidates) that affect their property, such as tax increases or jurisdictional changes. 2. Changing the state’s Electoral College allocation from winner-take-all to the Nebraska system will also encourage turnout in Presidential elections. 3. Expanding the Electoral College into the statewide state office elections gives rural Coloradans their voices back in state government.
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