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!