City/town of residence: Unincorporated Douglas County
Profession: Former teacher, editor, buyer, CSR, legislative aide
What makes you the best choice for this office?
I've lived in Douglas County for over 30 years, raised my family here, and observed the growth in our area. HD 44 deserves someone that's not afraid to take a stand, someone that knows how to look for unintended consequences during the legislative process. I'm willing to fight the battles that need to be fought, but I also know when it's time to find allies and common ground — which I have. I hope you'll check my voting record to confirm that I've been able to serve in just that manner.
What can the Legislature do to ease the strain of rising housing prices on Colorado residents?
Current construction-defect laws make many developers and builders hesitant to continue building enough to meet growing demand. Additional requirements on landlords have made it more difficult to rent space, since too often more laws = higher rents. We can give relief in both areas. In addition, Colorado's budget has doubled in less than 10 years. We must be efficient with the tax dollars we already receive and not look for ways to raise taxes/fees.
What can be done to ensure the state's transportation system will be able to accommodate continued population growth?
Prioritize transportation spending in the budget! The Legislature needs to prioritize all items in the state budget better — especially transportation. While the overall budget has doubled in recent years, transportation spending has remained flat, which is why we haven't kept up. Mass transit is effective only if people use it. The November ballot will offer two options for citizens to choose between, and I look forward to implementing those results.
What two issues demand more attention in the upcoming legislative session than they received in the previous one, and why?
The budget, especially departments that have automatic growth each year. While some growth is necessary and expected, the ever-expanding bureaucracy needs to be checked. Stay tuned for the second issue! The upcoming November election has several questions for voters (regarding roads, energy, and education) that will define my answer.
If elected, what must you accomplish in order for you to consider your term a success?
It's important to be accessible to everyone. I've had two successful terms already but I'm not done! I love our county and our beautiful state, and will continue to represent the people of HD 44 and Douglas County.
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