15. October 2018 · Comments Off on Why are You Running? · Categories: Blog

I am running for State House District 52 because our state government has made promises to us that remain unfulfilled.  Two of these involve transportation and healthcare.

In 2009, the Colorado legislature redirected General Fund money from transportation to education due to reduced revenue during the Great Recession.  This was supposed to be a temporary arrangement. Sadly, even after state revenue recovered, this promise was not fulfilled and has left our state over $1 billion short in transportation funding since 2009.

If elected, I will make this one of my highest priorities. Coloradans deserve safe highways and bridges along with good schools and our state budget should reflect this. In addition, I-25 should have sufficient funding so that the third lane does not need to be a toll lane. Longmont has three lanes without a toll; why not Fort Collins? This can be accomplished without an added tax.

Another challenging issue continues to be healthcare. Although the federal government has a role, I keep hearing about moving toward Medicare-for-all on a state level. The question is, how will we pay for this?

If elected, I would pursue innovative solutions such as expanding healthcare cost-sharing programs and incentivizing Primary Doctor Care. These approaches save money without compromising the delivery of care.

What we need at our state capitol are common sense citizen legislators who understand and value both our Constitution, our citizens’ needs, and their purses and wallets. I hope to earn your vote!

11. October 2018 · Comments Off on CSU Homecoming Parade Tomorrow · Categories: Blog

I will be walking with the Larimer County Republican Party’s float. Come out and walk with us or cheer for your favorite candidates and enjoy the parade! You can see the route here: https://homecoming.colostate.edu/…/Road-Closures-Map.08-PRO…

25. September 2018 · Comments Off on Larimer County Candidate Forum on Aging · Categories: Blog

Are you concerned about issues that touch Colorado’s aging population? Join me and other candidates this afternoon as we discuss what Colorado is doing well and where we could make improvements. We will be at the Drake Center in Fort Collins.

11. September 2018 · Comments Off on Remembering 9/11 · Categories: Blog

Never forget what happened this day 17 years ago.

Our nation may have changed, but our resolve as Americans only became stronger that day. Always remember that America is strongest when it is united as one people dedicated to freedom and our way of life. May God bless our country!

28. August 2018 · Comments Off on Meeting with Fellow Citizens · Categories: Blog

Last Saturday evening we had a meet-and-greet with voters – even some Democrats in attendance! We had great conversation and Q&A time where we had the opportunity to hear your concerns and talk about the issues that matter.

I will be a representative for all citizens. The issues we face cross party lines and we must work together to get the best results for HD52 and Colorado.

Would you like to host a similar event in your home or neighborhood?

24. August 2018 · Comments Off on Keeping Perspective on the Campaign Trail · Categories: Blog

While we have been campaigning hard, I want to take a moment to say a word about my dear friend Lew Gaiter III. Lew recently learned that he has only a short time left with us, but he is working hard and being a leader in our community all the way to the finish. Lew is a strong Christian and spiritual leader who loves his wife Jeannette and their nine children. Lew is also a civic leader, serving as County Commissioner these past eight years, being active on committees and community organizations, and being an avid skier and volunteer ski patrolman.

I was able to spend some time with Lew recently and he always reminds me what a wonderful community we have in Larimer County with people who care about their neighbors and look out for others first. I hope we will all take Lew’s example in our own leadership and as members of a family.

21. July 2018 · Comments Off on Looking Forward to Working with Others to Serve Colorado · Categories: Blog

I was recently at an event with Cory Gardner and Walker Stapleton. I’m very glad we have strong conservative leaders in Colorado.

I am excited at the prospect of serving with our state and local leaders to work for all Coloradans.

As I knock on doors throughout our district, folks are looking for leaders that will actually listen and cut through all of the noise we hear in our politics. If you want to help us reach more voters, please contact me and we would be honored to have your support and help!

29. October 2014 · Comments Off on Government’s First Duty · Categories: Blog

I have carried this quote from Ronald Reagan with me as I have conducted this campaign.

We’ve gone astray from first principles. We’ve lost sight of the rule that individual freedom and ingenuity are at the very core of everything that we’ve accomplished. Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.

20. October 2014 · Comments Off on Soapbox Article Submitted to The Coloradoan · Categories: Blog

Here is a copy of the Soabox article I just submitted for publication in the Coloradoan. Watch for it!

My name is Donna Walter. I’m running for the 52nd House District, which is primarily the east side of Fort Collins. I have lived in Colorado for 41 years, 28 of which have been in Larimer County and Fort Collins. My background is 27 years in the Natural Wellness Industry. I hold credentials of a Board-Certified Naturopathic Doctor.

Our government exists to secure our fundamental human rights. Our individual liberties are what give us the ability to succeed, to achieve, and to prosper. It is that freedom which has brought our nation and our state to greatness.  I am passionate in my belief in our individual rights, and in my defense of them. That is why I am running to represent you in our state legislature–to bring about a government that protects and respects our rights as human beings.

I have studied and taught constitutional law. I have twelve years of experience working with legislators at the capitol on various bills. Our current legislature is out of touch with grassroots Coloradans–with regular people who want to live their lives, work their jobs, and raise their families in a manner they see fit.
Our great Poudre School District is renowned for being a choice district. It serves students with a variety of curricula such as Core Knowledge (distinct from Common Core), International Baccalaureate, project-based learning, in addition to PSD curriculum. Thirty percent of our families choose to attend schools that are not their neighborhood school. These choices have made our district one of the best in the state.

However, decisions are being made at the legislature that will drastically alter the availability of these choices in practice, if not in fact. The legislature adopted the Common Core standards as part of the Colorado Academic Standards. These one-size-fits-all standards will be enforced by the PARCC test, a very high-stakes standardized test that rigidly prescribes exactly what subject material be taught and when, leaving no room for consideration of the values of the community, such as emphasis on subjects like art and music. “Choice” curricula are still permitted of course, but with the rigidity placed upon them by Common Core, it is much like Henry Ford saying “You can have any color you like, as long as its black.”

My commitment as a legislator will be to protect the rights of parents to choose the best educational options for their children, and to make certain those options remain available. Our local communities are best equipped to determine the needs of their school system, so I will support policies that return power to local districts and parents, and not centralize them in Denver or Washington.

This commitment to parents and local communities is part of a broader vision I hold that a government that respects and protects our individual rights and freedoms is the government that creates the best scenario for the most people to succeed. That is my vision for Colorado. It is what I want for you, and that is why I am running for the 52nd House District. Don’t hesitate to contact me at donna@donnawalter.com or to visit my website www.donnawalter.com to ask any questions. I ask for your vote for state representative.

26. July 2014 · Comments Off on Freedom and Opportunity · Categories: Blog

Meeting with voters in a northern Fort Collins neighborhood this past weekend, I was happy to discuss a multitude of issues that affect citizens in our district. They have strong feelings about jobs, the economy, and healthcare among other things. Not surprisingly, many feel that our current leadership is going in the wrong direction, and they are happy that there is an alternative choice. A choice that believes in limited government, personal accountability and fiscal responsibility.

As I was walking, I observed a teenage boy preparing to mow the lawns of several of his neighbors. One of my volunteers talked with him and learned that his neighbors had hired him, and in at least one case, paid weeks in advance. I was impressed with the industry and entrepreneurial spirit of this young man.

He did a careful job for his neighbors. An exchange between the boy and one of his employers made it evident that this was a new experience for the boy, and he was still learning how to do the best job. A kind and helpful “employer” gave him a thoughtful tip, and the boy was off to do a better job.

As I reflect on this experience, I see a great opportunity for this young man to build a modest business, to learn how to find and serve customers and in return gain something for himself. However, in today’s world there are many who would place barriers in this boy’s way. Some say he should be required to register his business so as not to unfairly compete with other landscaping companies. Some will argue about the insurance he should carry (or the homeowner should carry). Some will argue that the homeowner should pay state unemployment insurance, income taxes, social security and Medicare taxes, and provide healthcare benefits. Some might even insist on hearing protection, steel toed work boots and maybe a respiratory mask to protect him from pollen and exhaust fumes. Oh, and don’t forget minimum wage and strict child labor laws.

If these and other regulations and taxes were imposed and enforced, how many neighbors would hire this boy? How much work experience would he get? How much of his own money could he earn?

As I walked these neighborhood streets lined with American flags proudly waving from many porches and watched this young man mowing lawns, I was again reminded of the great blessing it is to live in this land of freedom and opportunity. It was a good reminder of why I am running, and for whom I will be serving when elected.