Colorado State House District 44 candidate Q&A

Why are you seeking public office?
To serve the people of Douglas County and Colorado. I’ve lived here for 34 years, and volunteered in many areas over the years, including my church, my childrens’ schools, and two terms on the Planning Commission. I know the County well and can represent the citizens effectively.

What will your top three priorities be if elected?
A balanced budget is essential. As a member of the Joint Budget Committee, we need to find efficiencies and remove duplicative programs that exist in state government. Finally, Douglas County citizens need representation and to have their views brought to the Capitol.

Do you support some type of public option health insurance or Medicare for All at the state level? If so, which and why? If not, why not?
I don’t support any plan that I’ve seen. The government should not use taxpayer dollars to compete with private companies, or with the employers of Colorado citizens.

Have your views on policing and racism in Colorado changed this year? If so, how?
Law enforcement remains a vital piece of the state budget, and must be maintained. Colorado citizens expect a response when they call 911 in an emergency, and we need to back our brave men and women in blue.

Do you place a greater importance on addressing climate change or preserving Colorado’s oil and gas industry? What steps would you take on these issues as a lawmaker?
These are two separate issues that should be addressed separately. We as citizens can be good stewards of our state and its resources and still preserve the many jobs provided by the industry. In addition, severance taxes are an important component of school funding.

Should Colorado consider any new gun laws? If so, which do you support?
The gun control laws passed in 2013 have not resulted in a lower crime rate in Colorado, crime rates and suicide have actually increased. The issue that needs to be addressed is mental health — both access and treatment for those in need.


Why are you seeking public office?
I care deeply about our future and all the people in our community. I feel we need an independent, moderate voice to represent our community in this time of recovery, and that is what I am. I support fiscal responsibility, strengthening local businesses, and common sense issues we all care about such as good schools, a healthy environment, public safety, economic prosperity, and affordable quality healthcare. I respect my Republican opponent, but she proudly defines herself as ultra-conservative as can possibly be; I feel we need a more moderate, balanced representation that reflects our community that has become more diverse.

What will your top three priorities be if elected?
1) Addressing the needs of Colorado citizens and our state budget losses in order to recover from the virus as quickly and efficiently as possible. We need to be very thoughtful and creative in balancing our budget by considering the most pressing needs of our citizens, locally owned businesses, and our state programs.

2) Improving our education system, including teacher retention, and overall improvement in serving our students’ needs.

3) Improving healthcare including greater access to mental health services and providing an affordable Colorado public option for those who choose it.

Do you support some type of public option health insurance or Medicare for All at the state level? If so, which and why? If not, why not?
I support a Colorado public option for health insurance. A competitive opt-in alternative to private healthcare makes good sense, the more who choose it the stronger the collective bargaining position of the state to help all of us save money. The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, with the Colorado Division of Insurance have a good proposal ready to go that offers a public option plan that would reduce premiums and overall healthcare cost. A public option for Colorado makes healthcare more affordable while retaining private insurance options for those who choose to keep their current policy.

Have your views on policing and racism in Colorado changed this year? If so, how?
They have, I am more aware that it is critical that our police treat everyone, irrespective of race, fairly and equally. We need good policing, without profiling or deadly force against anyone when unwarranted otherwise protests and riots will be the result. We also need positive proactive means for addressing racism. My friend adopted a child from Ethiopia and began receiving threats in her mailbox, our Parker police responded with extra patrols and reassurances. I support our HD44 police, and I think we can help the police by sending out mental health professionals instead of dispatching officers to certain calls.

Source Article

Recommended Articles