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Colorado House District 37

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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    Tom Sullivan
    (Dem)

  • Cole Wist
    (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 919-741-8473
Background Tom Sullivan is a retired Air Force Veteran and postal worker. He raised his middle class family in Centennial, Colorado. Tom tragically lost his son, Alex, in the Aurora movie theater massacre of 2012. Since then, he has dedicated life to sticking up for safe communities and middle class families.
Twitter @Sully_720
After over 35,000 doors knocked, it is clear to me that the residents of House District 37 are concerned with the ability of their children to get a good education, as well as the rising cost of living, both of which go hand in hand. I want to work with my colleagues to incentivize a strong teacher workforce to serve our students, as well as work to increase in-classroom spending and reduce burdensome regulations on teachers. I also want to significantly increase our state's investment into vocational and technical education because these avenues provide our children, as well as those who are still not working, the opportunity to tap into good paying jobs that are debt free at the end of the day.
Our state government has no place interfering with a woman's right to choose or any Coloradan's access to reproductive health care services. I would not vote for any legislation that would have those effects.
Our per-pupil spending and statewide teacher shortage is, quite frankly, unacceptable considering how well our state economy is doing and compared to what the rest of the country is investing into their education systems. The state legislature needs to ensure the state prioritizes our children's education over wasteful corporate welfare and other misguided budget line items. I am also supporting Amendment 73 because I believe it will inject some much needed resources into our school system in a way that is just and fair.
The Colorado Water Plan was devised after an incredibly thorough stakeholder process, arguably the largest civic engagement effort in our state's history. I would support incremental steps to fulfilling the recommendations laid forth by the Colorado Water Plan. We must utilize every method available to us as legislators to ensure we are doing so in the most cost effective manner. However, it is critical that we address our state's water needs so that we can continue to have a thriving economy that is fair to all sectors involved, including agriculture and recreational activities.
I want to work with my colleagues on both side of the aisle to implement transparency measures to hold pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, and insurance companies accountable for rising health care costs, especially when they engage in possible price gouging. I also want to work with my colleagues, especially those from rural areas, on measures that will implement competition in the individual marketplace. Doing so will reduce health insurance premiums and overall costs to working families across the state.
I want to support policies that directly fund workforce housing, both in rural and non-rural parts of the state. We can do this without taxing Coloradans in a burdensome manner. I also want to ensure the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority is doing all it can to make available affordable financing options to first time and low-income homebuyers. Finally, I want to ensure that those who are currently renting their homes have an equal playing field in terms of their rights so that they do not lose their homes over relatively minor disputes between themselves and their landlords.
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