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Colorado House District 33

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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    Jay Geyer
    (I)

  • Matt Gray
    (Dem)

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    Eric Rutherford
    (Rep)

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    Kim Tavendale
    (Lib)

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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 720-432-1390
Background I'm married with two daughters, ages five and two. I'm an Army veteran and I teach ethics and political philosophy at CU Boulder.
Twitter @geyerforco
The number one issue facing folks in our community is the brokenness of our two party system. It is this brokenness that prevents us from making progress on all of the other issues that affect our community. For example, oil and gas development is obviously a very important issue. But why hasn’t the state taken appropriate action to protect people’s health and safety (while also allowing oil and gas development where that development is welcomed)? Because the system is broken. The oil and gas industry spends $20 million each year on political influence in Colorado, and it is money well spent. If we want to see progress on any number of important issues, we must fix the broken system. That means getting rid of partisan gerrymandering, cleaning up money in politics, and reforming our electoral process to better reflect the preferences of voters. Because neither party is very interested in fixing a system that keeps them in power, we must elect Independents to make this happen.
It’s an indictment of our broken two party system that the issue of abortion and reproductive health has been weaponized by both Democrats and Republicans. Instead of using this issue to inflame the anger of voters, and drive a wedge even deeper through this country, we should acknowledge the good, even if perhaps misguided, intentions on both sides and seek common ground. Part of that common ground includes a shared belief that an abortion is always a kind of tragedy. In a perfect world, no woman would find herself in a position where terminating a pregnancy seems to be the best option available to her. To that end, we should seek to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies in Colorado, using the most effective means we know of. We should employ effective sex education and make contraceptives widely available, and we should ensure that all women in this state have access to affordable healthcare throughout their entire lives.
Colorado ranks near the bottom of the country in state funding for both K-12 education and higher education, and this lack of state funding is especially felt in low income and rural school districts. The funding shortfall is directly attributable to some state revenue policies that are badly in need of reform. Chief among these is TABOR. I support the spirit of TABOR, which is to say that I like that there is strong accountability to taxpayers in Colorado. But TABOR also prevents the state’s revenue base from expanding naturally with our booming economy. We need to fix this so we’re not fighting the same budget battles over school funding every year. This would allow us to afford better pay for teachers, and help those school districts that are especially in need of help, all without increasing the state tax rate.
The combination of increasing drought caused by climate change and a rapidly expanding population will put incredible stress on Colorado’s water resources. Preparing for this challenge will require a collaborative approach among all of the stakeholders, from Front Range communities, to farmers, to the ski industry and communities on the Western Slope. Through a combination of water conservation, improved storage, and intentional long term planning when it comes to new development and agricultural practices, we can make sure the Colorado retains a sustainable amount of water for future generations. The current Colorado Water Plan is emblematic of this collaborative, all-of-the-above approach, and represents an excellent starting point. But carrying out this kind of vital, forward-thinking policy requires greater financial resources from the state. We must not short-change water planning or fail to act until this problem reaches a crisis level.
Making healthcare affordable for every Coloradan will require diligent and innovative work on a variety of fronts. We must cut the unsustainable and rising costs of healthcare by eliminating special protections for favored industries, and preventing overly cozy relationships from developing between pharmaceutical companies and care providers. We must also guarantee basic care and provide adequate resources to those most in need of it. This includes not only low income families, but also whole communities in rural Colorado, where insurance premiums can be more than double what Front Range residents pay, and where hospitals are few are far between. Guaranteeing affordable, financially sustainable healthcare for all Coloradans will not be easy, but the alternative is simply unacceptable.
The cost of housing in our Front Range community is becoming unsustainable even for middle class families. Lower income families in our communities are too often having to choose between paying rent and buying groceries. Solving this problem will require both immediate local interventions and long term solutions in the form of increased housing supply. In the short term, the state needs to partner with local municipalities in incentivizing, and in some cases subsidizing, the development of additional affordable housing units. This will help address the immediate crisis many vulnerable families are facing. In the long term, we need to increase the housing supply in this state to match demand. To do that we need to increase the amount of skilled labor needed in the home building industry. Through vocational re-training programs and financial incentives to bring in skilled labor from out of state, we can help bridge the gap and bring the cost of housing down in our communities.
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Contact phone 3035411908
Background Naval Academy Graduate College football team captain. Officer United Sates Marine Corps President FBI Academy Federal Agent with the DEA.
The number one issue is Fracking and Proposition 112 that support the 2,500 set back from the current 1,00 feet. I do support this initiative, I have made myself clear on this. Note: I am the only Republican candidate or incumbent to support initiative 97 in this State. Also my opponents in this race do not support it to include the current Democratic incumbent..
I am not familiar with the current laws but the decision for a woman to have an abortion is between the women, her family and the family Doctor.
I firmly believe the path to a prosperous middle class starts with a strong public education system. Education is the umbrella issue over the other issues. I strongly support recruiting and training the highest quality teachers possible. To do that we need to increase teacher pay today, not tomorrow. We must also recognize that a four-year college degree is not the right choice for everyone, and financially out of reach for many families. That is why I strongly support expanding vocational training for students so they can earn a solid income and meaningful careers in the trade industry.

I strongly believe investment in high-quality early childhood education programs for children 5 and younger. Studies have shown early childhood education significantly increases the school-readiness for children as they enter the later grades, but more importantly, as they enter life.
As an active Rotarian, we do water projects all over the world. Water is a valuable resource that becomes invaluable when it becomes scarce. We can address this issue by supporting proposition 112 that prohibits drinking within 2,500 feet of water. this makes sure our water is further away from potential accidents. in addition when we make infill land more available to housing, denser housing decreases the need for water usage. Finally the public needs to be aware that water is a finite resource and needs to be treated accordingly.
I find it interesting that Colorado is one of the top ten most expensive states when it comes to individual healthcare, yet we ranked consistently as one of the healthiest states. How can that be? I oppose many parts of Obamacare. I think it has driven up costs and inserted too much government regulation into the system. However, unless someone comes up with a better plan (Democrat or Republican), I think the smartest thing for us to do is to fix the law rather than repeal it. 1. Healthcare providers should be able to sell plans across state lines. It is ridiculous to believe Colorado residents are better off by with seven healthcare providers when we could have seventeen. 2. Part of the reason our healthcare costs have increased is because pharmaceutical corporations and insurers are making the cost of prescription drugs and medications un affordable by putting profits ahead of people. Pharmaceutical companies must be more transparent in their costs and profits.
Housing and especially affordable housing needs to be addressed. The State legislature needs to work with local communities to address this. People who live in the areas they work drive half the distance then those that commute. The issue is zoning and allowing more density on land within the communities. If local communities can allow for denser/flexible zoning the housing required will lessen the impact the roads. In addition higher density development has a positive effect on energy use/water use as there is less need for those precious resources.
Contact phone 720-507-7455
Background Small business owner, minister & wedding officiant, 20 year background in insurance industry, mother of 2, originally from New Zealand, US citizen since 2008, proud Broomfield resident.
Twitter @KimForColorado
I think one of the hottest topics that Broomfield residents are talking about is fracking, and Proposition112 which asks for a 2,500 ft setback for new wells. This is an important issue because there are a number of concerns with regards to property rights, both for allowing fracking on private property and against forced pooling, as well as environmental, and health and safety issues. I see all points of view on this. First and foremost, as a parent, I really don't want fracking chemicals next to my home or my child's school. If they have a right to be there, then I definitely want the impact to be as minimal as possible on my family's health and the environment around me. We have some fairly blunt teeth when it comes to individuals and recourse against harm to persons and property. I would strengthen regulation and penalties for damage and injuries, and require more vigilance on the part of companies to be harm-free.
We need to preserve a woman's right to control her own body. Without a doubt, access to reproductive health care is a priority for women, as it does far more than just prevent pregnancy (and therefore reduce the number of abortions), as it also promotes overall health for women. Birth control is used to treat a number of health conditions, and is used by even non-sexually active women to control things like endometriosis, uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts, just to name a few. As every woman's situation is unique, no one should make decisions about her body other than her, and to ban or reduce availability of abortions simply creates more issues. Each year, over 700 women die (and another 49,000 almost die) from childbirth and related complications. I am firmly pro choice, and will defend and strengthen legislation to ensure every woman can choose what is right for her.
We have a 19th century funding & administrative model for a 21st century need. Colorado spends about the same amount per pupil as New Zealand and Australia, yet the USA has poorer PISA scores - NZ ranks 16th, Australia is 21st, and the USA rates 31st. Finland comes in at no. 8, where they spend approximately $300 (in US dollars) more than Colorado does, but Norway, which spends a massive $15,000, comes in at 18th. It's not the amount of money that is being spent that is the issue, it is how it is spent, and how it is funded that we need to re-examine. Reconfiguring the way we look at education, the value we place on our teachers, and the way we fund our kids' futures is imperative. We need to embrace all sorts of innovations in education to create a better educational marketplace, and find better ways to empower students for their futures.
This is a huge concern for Colorado as we have a looming drought. We need to do several things. One is to eliminate the 'use it or lose it" clause in our water agreements here in the West so that states take only what they really need. We need to look at water conservation seriously and encourage innovations and perhaps invest in new technologies so that we draw water as efficiently as possible and reduce loss. An actual free market for water would be good for farmers to trade off their water rights instead of wasting water or growing inefficient crops. We can encourage Coloradans to be water smart and conserve water, and to grow gardens using rainwater or grey water collection systems as very little precipitation in built up areas makes its way to aquifers and streams. Educating people to discourage water-thirsty expanses of green lawns and show off the beauty of water-sipping native foliage or ground cover.
Between federal mandates and crony corporatism, the health care market has become so distorted, convoluted and outrageously expensive, and it seems like an issue that is too difficult to tackle. Right now, some individuals are paying a mortgage payment for health insurance and have huge deductibles to cover, and the pool of insurance companies offering coverage is shrinking. We could fix a number of these issues by going back to the proper role of insurance, which is to indemnify against loss, and creating a true and transparent free market for health services. Knowing the price of care prior to treatment and a competitive marketplace would drive down costs significantly and reduce the overhead that drains so many healthcare dollars. We do need to consider the ability of those with health issues, such as diabetics and cancer patients, to have a way to get care and coverage, perhaps from a Colorado public health co-op.
At its core, affordable housing is a local issue, with city and county legislation and zoning and building codes responsible for the amount of property available for sale or rent, in conjunction with interest rates and lending requirements. There is a definite need for more affordable choices in housing in the front range area, for both low-income household through to the middle class. In the state legislature there are few options to dictate to local governments what their policies should be, but one area where some progress has been made is in the common lawsuit requirements for condos, and I would be in favour of continuing in that vein to reduce the disincentive to property developers to create lower-priced condominiums. Encouraging different types of housing, such as tiny house communities, may also be a way to create more affordable options.