State House District 21

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Candidates are listed in the order they appear on the ballot.

Lois Landgraf (R)

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Michael Seebeck (L)

  • Contact Information

    E-Mail: [email protected] Website: https://www.facebook.com/SeebeckCOHD21/ Phone: 719-464-2120

  • What are your qualifications for this position?

    I am not a career politician and I am not into playing politics for personal gain. I am a logical thinker by both career training and inclination, which means I don’t let partisanship get in the way of proper representation. I have a long record of political leadership and business management as well as principles that let people be people. 60% of the district are not in the incumbent’s party. I would seek to represent them as well.

  • What are the two most pressing issues facing your district and how will you address them?

    Water and infrastructure. Water because the PFC issue, while being worked toward resolution, still has to be addressed in a manner that better works toward the overall health of the Fountain Valley’s population, and that must include state oversight that currently doesn’t exist. Infrastructure because the growth of the Fountain Valley means that the infrastructure of the district needs to be addressed to handle both current and future growth, including improving the roads and bridges, and unlocking the railroad bottlenecks with grade separations.

  • What should the state's budget priorities be and how will you fund those priorities?

    The state budget priorities must be the base infrastructure of the roads and bridges, the state parks, prisons, and higher education. K-12 education should be uncoupled from the state government and returned to the local districts, without the mess that is Common Core, and a return to the Classical Model. The budget must also acknowledge that the rest of the state outside of Denver does exist and needs its needs addressed.

  • Are you in favor of the Colorado legislature adopting legislation that gives businesses the right to refuse service of customers when such service conflicts with the business owner’s religious beliefs?

    Yes. The Public Accommodations Law is unconstitutional because it violates the right to associate, which includes the right to not associate. If the business refuses customers, they do so at the risk of their own success, but it should not be the role of the state to force them to accept customers.

  • What role does a vibrant and well-funded arts and cultural sector play in the overall vitality of our local/regional economy?

    Privately-funded arts and culture play a very important role in the economy as well as helping to create well-rounded citizens. However, it should not be publicly funded as that comes with it government strings, including content regulation and censorship, that has no place in a free society. Plus, it’s not government’s role in the first place.

  • What, if anything, should be done to increase access to voting for all eligible voters?

    With the mail vote and now the ability to register to vote from your smart phone, what else is there except secure voting by the same phone?

  • Do you think it should be more difficult to amend the Colorado Constitution? Why or why not?

    No. The problem is not amending the state Constitution, but why it’s done, and that goes back to the problem of the legislature being able to take statutory initiatives and immediately gut them. If that problem is fixed, then more initiatives will be statutory instead of constitutional, and that solves the problem.

  • Do you support allowing unaffiliated voters to participate in the primary process? Why or why not?

    No. First of all, it’s unconstitutional per two Supreme Court rulings from 1986 and 2000. In simple terms, a political party has, by virtue of the First Amendment, the right to determine its own candidates and who can select them. Second, with Colorado’s already loose system of voter registration, voters can declare a political party 30 days before a primary and vote in that party’s primary anyway. Third, primaries themselves should be abolished and replaced with convention nominations since tax dollars should not be used to subsidize private organization leadership selection processes in the first place.

  • How will you work to bolster systems that serve traditionally underrepresented and underserved communities, including public transportation, health care, and job training programs?

    Public transportation tends to run operations where the people don’t need to go when they don’t need to get there, so increase private ridesharing such as Uber. Health care is best left to the private sector and not the government as well. Job training programs should be done in partnership with the actual employers who need the workers so the employers get the workers they need with the skills they need to do the job, while they are doing the job, instead of relying on government training which doesn’t necessarily fit the need. See New Zealand for an excellent example.

  • Personal Information

    Education: Bachelor’s, Computer Science, Bachelor’s, Mathematics, Benedictine College, 1995 Occupation: Software Engineer

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