When I began talking to the residents of House District 11, I committed to take leadership and work toward building a better Colorado. Since then, I have spent every day working to protect working families, build bridges to rebuild our towns and neighborhoods that were so devastated by last year’s floods, and ensure that big oil companies are held accountable when they put our public health at risk.
Our state continues to face tough challenges, but I firmly believe that together, we can keep Colorado moving forward. As your State Representative, your questions, concerns, and ideas are important to me. Please do not hesitate to contact me at 303.875.4727 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We must continue to focus our energy on protecting Colorado jobs by rewarding employers who keep and create jobs in our state as well as by encouraging new and innovative industries. Our State spends more than $794 million on out of state contractors. We need to find new ways to use contractors that keep our tax dollars at home.
Colorado kids deserve every opportunity to learn and be successful, and our state must do better. We need to reinvest in public education. We need to ensure that Colorado school districts remain innovative by attracting and retaining the best teachers; and we need to find better ways to keep college tuition and career education affordable for our high school graduates. Our kids deserve the best education we can give them.
Health care must be affordable and accessible to Colorado’s working families. The Colorado Healthcare Exchange Commission is working to bring about solutions to this important issue.
Colorado needs a balanced approach when it comes to energy development. We need to continue to invest in and encourage the development of renewable energy technologies. In 2012, the city of Longmont resoundingly rejected hydraulic fracturing operations within city limits. We need to ensure local control over basic regulations on fracking and hold the oil and gas industry accountable when their operational mishaps make our air and water unsafe.
When Colorado voters approved amendment 64 in 2012, I was one of only two legislators in the state to publicly support it. Since then, I’ve been on the forefront of this issue, trying to implement the law in a way that will protect Colorado’s kids.It was fight I thought I’d be involved in, but it’s a fight worth taking on. In 2015, safe and legal sales of recreational marijuana brought almost $1 billion into our state and raised over $135 million in taxes and fees.
As a Representative, keeping an open-door / open-mind approach is key. Bipartisanship has been one of my top goals at the capitol. Right after I was sworn in, I contacted every Democrat and Republican in the State House. Not to ask them for favors, but to get to know them as people. I believe that the kind of government is one that works for the people we represent, not for our own personal interest. Partisan bickering and petty party politics have no place in Public Service. While we may disagree, let us never be disagreeable.