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Colorado House District 22

The Colorado House of Representatives is the lower house of the Colorado General Assembly, the State legislature of the U.S. state of Colorado. The House is composed of 65 members. Representatives are elected to two-year terms, and are limited to four terms in office but can run again after a two year respite.

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    Todd Kastetter
    (Dem)

  • Colin Larson
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What would you cite as the number one issue facing constituents in the district you’re seeking to represent, and specifically what legislation would you champion to address it?

What specific changes, if any, do you think should be made to Colorado laws concerning access to abortion and reproductive health care?

What specifically are the most urgent needs of Colorado’s education system and the best legislative strategies for meeting those needs?

It is projected that Colorado will face a water shortfall by 2050 or sooner. What specific measures would you support to prevent a water crisis?

If elected, what specifically would you do to make health care more affordable in Colorado?

How would you address the growing lack of affordable housing in Colorado in terms of a specific policy or policies?

Contact phone 303-979-5012
Background Colorado has been my home since 1980. Laura, my wife of 28 years, and I raised two daughters in HD22, both of whom attended public schools. I've been a lawyer for more than 30 years and have been nominated twice to be a state district court judge. This is my first time running for public office.
To secure Colorado’s bright future for everyone, we must make education our top priority. Despite Colorado’s strong economy, Colorado invests approximately $2,500 less per student than the national average. When compared to other states, Colorado ranks near the bottom for investment in K-12 and higher education. As a result, our teachers are paid below the national average, school districts are cutting back to four-day school weeks and Colorado is facing a serious teacher shortage. As your State Representative, I will work to increase funding for our public education system in order to provide competitive salaries to retain and attract quality educators. Also, I will advocate for innovative measures to expand opportunities for people who want to pursue a career in education. I will also work to support our active and retired public employees by keeping the Public Employee’s Retirement Association (PERA) of Colorado secure and stable. PERA is a promise that must be kept.
A woman’s health care choices and decisions should be between her and her doctor. I support -- and will protect -- a woman’s fundamental right to have a choice in all aspects of her body and health, including her right to make her own decisions regarding her pregnancy. And, I will oppose any effort to weaken or undermine that right. I will also oppose efforts to limit or restrict funding of essential reproductive health services. I support measures to reduce or eliminate, if possible, financial barriers to contraceptive services and pre- and post-natal care.
Fixing Colorado's Teacher Shortage: Good teachers are essential to the academic success of our students. We need to retain the great teachers currently working in our schools and find ways to attract quality educators to fill our current shortage. Strategies to meet this need include paying teachers a competitive salary, supporting their professional development and providing student loan forgiveness for teachers willing to serve in our rural communities. Higher Education and Student Loan Debt: Higher education should be accessible, affordable and worthwhile, whether you pursue a four-year degree or a career/technical educational opportunity. We should support comprehensive, innovative job training to prepare Colorado’s young adults for the 21st century occupational landscape. With regard to student loan debt, I support loan forgiveness and other incentives for individuals pursuing education careers and those who are willing to commit to serving their communities after graduation.
With our booming population growth, agricultural demands and periodic drought cycles, Colorado is expected to experience significant water supply shortages in the next few decades, if not sooner. Rather than waiting for the crisis to unfold, we should pursue prompt, innovative measures to formulate responsible water management policy and measurable conservation plans for Colorado. To the extent that legislation is necessary to address Colorado's unique environmental, industrial, recreational, agricultural and municipal burdens, the legislation should be carefully considered with all stakeholders represented, present and heard in the process of drafting the legislation. Going forward, we must focus on reasonable, responsible and appropriate steps to maximize the productivity of every drop of water.
Making quality health care affordable and accessible should be one of our highest priorities. Nobody should lose their house or go bankrupt because they get sick. As your State Representative, I will build on the health care policies Colorado has pursued since 2008 to ensure that everyone has access to the care and protection they deserve. We can’t go back to the days when people were denied insurance coverage due to preexisting conditions. Also, we should focus on the reasons behind cost increases in Colorado and look for reasonable opportunities to curb those rises. For example, while the Colorado Commission on Affordable Health Care recently concluded a three year study, its 2017 report indicated that more data is needed to answer important questions about rising health care costs. Accordingly, I support legislation to require hospitals to submit more data so we can analyze relevant trends in order to identify opportunities to reduce health care costs in Colorado.
While Colorado’s economy is booming, access to safe, affordable housing continues to be a serious problem. I support measures to improve renters’ rights to make sure that good faith renters are not taken advantage of by unscrupulous landlords. With respect to new construction projects and developments, I support incentives to encourage and require the inclusion of a reasonable number of affordable units in each of those new developments. Also, we should look for ways to support older adults who want to continue living in their homes or apartments for as long as they are able. Accordingly, I support senior tax exemptions or other housing credits that will give older adults the support they need so they can continue to live in their homes or apartments with dignity.

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