Member, House of Representatives 2007-2014; Chair, House Judiciary Committee-2011-2012; served on House Judiciary, Local Government, and Appropriations Committees; founder Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy; recognized by over a dozen community and industry associations as outstanding or most effective legislator.
The two most pressing issues facing all of Colorado are building and maintaining a strong economy (transportation, infrastructure, K-12 and higher ed are all components of this) and getting control of the ever growing and expanding Medicaid budget. I am working on comprehensive Medicaid reform to control costs and improve care. As for the economy overall, I will continue to fight excessive regulation and taxation that stifles job creation and growth.
Transportation, education, especially higher ed, water infrastructure-not necessarily in that order; we must fund these within the revenues that are given us. That’s why a strong economy is so important.
I am in favor of rolling back the provisions of the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act that apply its provisions to the smallest of Colorado businesses, as it applies to businesses with even just one employee. This was done by HB13-1136 and has resulted in most of the controversy and clash between the values of customers/consumers and business owners.
A vibrant and well-funded arts and cultural sector is important to the growth and standing of a community. This funding is best done, however, by the private sector as public funding leads to issues concerning freedom of expression and government control of the arts.
Registration and voting are already quite easy and accessible in Colorado. It is a matter of convincing citizens to exercise their right to vote. The fact is that the voter turnout in Colorado Springs remains heavily skewed towards older voters, despite strong efforts to increase the participation of younger voters.
No. Political parties are really private organizations, which historically were permitted to choose their candidates in the manner they saw fit. The institution of the primary system has raised the idea that anyone and everyone should be able to participate in a party’s selection process. It is unrealistic to think that we might return to a true private association model for political parties, but at the very least, one should identify with the party by registration in order to participate in the party’s selection process.
I will continue to work for a strong and growing economy. Without a strong economy, we do not have the resources to fund public transportation, health care, job training and other programs. I will also continue to work to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities receive the services they need. During my time in the State House, I was recognized for legislative work on behalf of people with disabilities. I will continue these efforts when I return to the General Assembly.