I have lived in Colorado Springs/ HD-16 for 49 years and feel that I know the citizens of HD-16 extremely well. I went to Wasson HS, and have worked in the district for many years. I served in the legislature for eight years and was the Chmn. Of the Business Comm. And also served on the Local Govt. Comm. And State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committees as well. I know the people of HD-16, they know, me, TRUST me and I was an effective and accountable legislator when I served the people of our district and state. I know how to get things done in the legislature!!!
I would say that two of the more pressing issues facing our district is the continued "planned" buildout of UCCS and the ultimate expansion of I-25, north of Colorado Springs. UCCS is a real economic engine for all of Colo. Springs and southern Colorado. We need to support it, as it spins off many jobs and economic activity in our city. I-25, north of Monument to Castle Rock needs to be addressed as well. It IS the main artery for us to Denver and vice versa. The traffic problems only hurt everyone in our city and region.
The state's priorities in my opinion are 1: Transportation, roads, and infrastructure, 2: Higher education and 3: long term water storage issues. Right now, I am not able to say how these issues can or will be addressed, but we can't just keep ignoring them.
Yes, I am. When a private business has invested their OWN capital, time and energy into building a business, they should have some rights as to who they may want to serve. The heavy hand of government should not force businesses to go against their moral and religious beliefs.
Arts and cultural activities are important for any town or city. They should be supported by the citizens of the community, but not the government. The arts and culture are not the responsibility of the government.
In my opinion, there is enough being done to promote voting by citizens. At some point, the citizen himself/herself needs to take the responsibility to reach out and vote. Voting should be a matter of conviction, not convenience.
Yes, I do. Our Constitution is way too easy to amend, especially from out of sate interests that bring in big money for their own special purposes. They traditionally get most of their signatures out of Denver/Boulder and maybe Colo. Springs and ignore the people in the rest of the state. I support Amendment # 71
No I do not. If a person wants to participate in the nominating process, they should at least be a member of that party. It is just like any other organization, if you want to play a role in that organization, you should at least be a part of it.
Like I have in the past, I will work with legitimate groups that now the issues for their people and try to serve them. I have actively worked with many of them, such as the Resource Exchange, the Rd Cross and many housing organizations when I was in the legislature.