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What makes you the best choice for this office?
I achieve results. I have been a strong bipartisan voice for Adams County throughout my four years in the Colorado Senate and 75 percent of the bills I have sponsored have become law because I have the ability to reach across the aisle to produce meaningful, common-sense legislation. In an age of partisan gridlock, it is necessary that Colorado has leaders who are focused on results and not political parties.
What can the Legislature do to ease the strain of rising housing prices on Colorado residents?
Homeownership has become out of reach for far too many. I want our residents and future generations to be able to afford to live in Colorado and pursue the American Dream of owning a home. Unfortunately, current construction defect laws have severely inhibited the development of attainable housing in Colorado. Additional construction litigation reform is necessary so that more entry-level housing can become available for our residents.
What can be done to ensure the state's transportation system will be able to accommodate continued population growth?
Our transportation system is not adequate for our current population and will certainly not be sufficient for our growing population in the future. Deteriorating roads and traffic congestion have a negative impact on commerce in Colorado and hurt our quality of life. Our transportation needs must be addressed and prioritized in the state budget. I believe that this can be achieved by using existing funds and without raising taxes on our hard-working Colorado residents.
What two issues demand more attention in the upcoming Legislative session than they received in the previous one, and why?
Education and Transportation. Our children deserve access to the best possible education, as that is the key to future success. In the most recent legislative session, we were able to increase K-12 funding by almost seven percent, increase per-pupil funding and began to address teacher-shortage issues. These were all steps in the right direction but more needs to be done to ensure that money is going directly into the classroom and into our teachers' paychecks.
If elected, what must you accomplish in order for you to consider your term a success?
My goal is to continue to be a leader on issues that matter to the residents of Adams County and place good policy above politics. My bipartisan record of accomplishment is unmatched in the legislature, as evidenced by my 75 percent bill passage rate. I would like to see that rate grow event higher because that would mean I am doing by job representing the interests of my constituents and their families.
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