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Colorado House District 39

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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    Mark Baisley
    (Rep)

  • Tony Gross
    (Lib)

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    Kamala Vanderkolk
    (Dem)

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 (720) 626-0727
Background Grandfather to 7, father to 4 and husband of 1, married for 40 years to my high school sweetheart. Served as Chairman of the Colorado Space Business Roundtable, Columbia College Board of Trustees, President of the Board for STEM School in Highlands Ranch and Vice Chairman of Colorado Republicans.
Twitter @MarkBaisley
Easily, the number one issue is government overreach. It will be my goal to reduce the government’s footprint in our lives as much as humanly possible by limiting state spending to legitimate inter-county functions such as transportation and water infrastructure.
I would maximize protecting the unborn within the specific wording of Roe v Wade: “With respect to the State's important and legitimate interest in the health of the mother, the compelling point, in light of present medical knowledge, is approximately the end of the first trimester… after this point, a State may regulate the abortion procedure to the extent that the regulation reasonably relates to the preservation and protection of maternal health… With respect to the State's important and legitimate interest in potential life, the compelling point is at viability. This is so because the fetus then presumably has the capability of meaningful life outside the mother's womb. State regulation protective of fetal life after viability thus has both logical and biological justifications. If the State is interested in protecting fetal life after viability, it may go so far as to proscribe abortion during that period, except when it is necessary to preserve the life or health of the mother.”
Relevance. Students primarily rely on educators to prepare them to thrive in the magnificent environment of America's free enterprise economy (described by The Founders as "The Laws of Nature"). Within legislative strategies, professionals should be encouraged to share their wisdom in the classroom. Schools and employers should maintain close, working partnerships so that instruction has relevance. Useful legislation would be facilitating teaching certificates for industry professionals. A useful non-legislative action would be facilitating partnerships between educators and employers.
The recently built Rueter–Hess Reservoir in Douglas County has set the example that new projects should follow toward meeting the increasing demand for water. In this model, water is captured from streams when they are full and pumped into a reservoir that is not inline with a river. Much of the water supplied to the public by the reservoir is recaptured after use and recycle processed, thereby renewing the supply and reducing reliance on groundwater. I support the immediate engineering of water sources and working out legal issues surrounding the preservation of storage locations to get ahead of the growth.
I would release the proven power of the free market by removing government involvement as much as humanly possible. Insurance companies should be free to compete for business with creative ideas without the interference of bureaucrats and legislators. I would also encourage people to budget for standard healthcare costs through Health Savings Accounts in combination with their choice of insurance.
I would release the proven power of the free market by removing government involvement as much as humanly possible. According to America's founding document, the stated purpose of government is to ensure the peoples' rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. Affordable housing, affordable cars, affordable washing machines and affordable smart phones were not on that list. Please direct this important question to housing developers and local zoning authorities. There is no legitimate role for state legislation.
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Background I grew up in a military family, and have experience in all levels of government: training soldiers, supporting landmine removal, and promoting fair international trade. Now I live in Roxborough with my husband, 3 kids, and dog, and give back to my community regularly.
Twitter @kamala39co
There are so many issues facing the people of House District 39, as it spans over 1,000 square miles of Douglas and Teller Counties. Our biggest concerns are wildfires (and ensuring proper funding for firefighters), as well as education at all levels (ensuring our students have access to relevant and affordable education, whether that means college or career training). Regarding our firefighters, we must change the formula for how rural firefighters receive their funding. In addition, we must ensure we are investing in fire mitigation. Of Colorado's 20 largest wildfires, FIVE happened this year. With proper mitigation, fires can be contained sooner, and their impact can be reduced. Regarding education, our state has focused on state tests rather than preparing students for the real world. College isn't for everyone, but education is. We must bring back career training education (CTE) for our students, so that all students can become productive members of Colorado.
Reproductive health care IS health care. Our state has lead the way in providing teens and women access to LARC (long-acting reversible contraception), and in doing so, reduced the rate of teen pregnancies and abortion by nearly half, as well as saved tax payers almost $70 million in public assistance. But we must continue to educate teenagers and young women about LARC, and other options they have.
Colorado lags behind nearly all other states in a number of ways regarding education. We must do better. Our state taxes used to cover 76% of the cost for our state universities. It now only covers 30%, forcing students to take on significant student loans, or go elsewhere for college. In addition, countless jobs in the trades go unfilled because we are exposing our students to those opportunities. Vocational education has all but disappeared from our high schools. And it isn't because of stigma or lack of interest. It is because vocation education costs more than college prep at all levels: the capital needs are significant, the instructor usually won't work for a teacher's salary, and materials cost far more than a set of textbooks. It is important to recognize that all students have an opportunity to learn a skill and become productive members of society.
Incentivizing our citizens to swap out their non-native lawns for zero-scaping would be the simplest option. It takes 37 gallons of water per year to keep 1 square foot of a non-native grass (e.g., Kentucky bluegrass) alive in an arid climate, such as Colorado's. We waste so much water on our lawns. As a nation, we waste 20 trillion gallons annually on our lawns. To put that in perspective, our farmers use 30 trillion gallons to irrigate ALL of the crops in the United States.
As more and more people join the "gig" economy, our state must recognize that health insurance should not be tied to an employer, and provide an affordable option for individuals to purchase. In addition, our state is divided into 9 different health markets. This division has been devastating for some rural communities, as the sole exchange provider charges outrageous premiums, which means a significant rate of the residents go uninsured. If our state formed a single market, this would protect everyone in the pool.
A lot of Coloradans are moving away because they simply can't afford to live here anymore. Meanwhile, builders are constructing enormous developments with homes starting in the $400s or $500s. And yet, the builders are not constructing condos, townhouses, or starter homes. Not everyone wants or can afford a home with 3000 sq. ft. The growth in our state will continue to serve those moving in from other states if we don't do something to look out for our residents. We must mandate that (when appropriate) all new construction include "starter" options for those buyers who make less than $75K.