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Colorado House District 56

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    Rod Bockenfeld
    (Rep)

  • Kevin Gulbranson
    (Lib)

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    David Rose
    (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 303-680-9264
Background Finance, Small Business Owner, Banking, Criminal Justice and Former Elected Official.
Aging Population. Baby boomers retiring will eventually create a huge burden on families and a younger workforce that will have to keep Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare and human services sustainable. I intend to support legislation that will create efficiencies in managing this population to improve elder care and relieve some of the financial burdens that a younger workforce will have to bear.
All Colorado laws should promote healthy relationships, healthy babies, healthy living and also promote adoption over abortion. Any Colorado law not meeting any of these objectives should be considered for modification or elimination.
The most urgent need is to improve ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE and to stop throwing money at a system that has not been effective. We need to hold schools, administrators and educators accountable.
Increase water volume through re-use and re-cycle programs. Reduce demand through conservation and sod buy-back programs. Expand storage capacity by reducing burdensome regulations in order to take advantage of capturing more water during the wet years. Lastly, promote partnerships between municipalities, environmentalists and agriculture.
Gradually start moving away from the current system that is not working and has not demonstrated that it will ever work in the long term. Socialized medicine and health care has never proven to be effective. Move towards a free market system that promotes aggressive competition. Competition has always served the consumer well over the years.
Create incentives for employers to provide benefit programs that subsidize employee housing costs under certain salary ranges. Support housing authorities that help move families with good rental histories from rental to home ownership similar to Habitat For Humanity Programs.
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Contact phone 303-659-3639(H) 303-503-6880(c)
Background Colorado Elementary Principal 32 years. and National Distinguished Principal. Served 20 years as a non-partisan elected official on City Council/Mayor, Home Rule Commission, RTD Board and United Power Board. appointed to BURA, Almost Home Board and Colorado Air and Space Port Advisory Board
HD 56 consists mainly of residential areas and my tag line is to "Give Families A Voice" by: 1. Providing adequate and fair education funding. 2. Protect and improve health care and health insurance options. 3. Improve transportation infrastructure to reduce traffic congestion. 4. Support legislation improving air and water quality and safe living conditions. 5. Promote sensible gun safety policies.

The state needs to continue to support financially Planned Parenthood and other Women's Wellness Clinics. All women should be informed of options to abortions and be able to have the right to choose in consultation with their doctor and family members.
Adequate funding continues to be the major challenge each year for education. Colorado schools have been underfunded during the past decade that has created large classrooms, poor teacher salaries and teacher shortages. This is especially true in the rural areas and small school districts, Due to the negative gap Colorado remains in the lower quartile of all states in per pupil funding and teacher salaries. Based on the improved projected revenues for 2019 the JBC should be able to allocate more funds to schools.
Colorado citizens need to continue to be informed of water conservation measures. Water storage needs to be increased in those areas that don't have serious effects on down streams and wildlife. Colorado needs to study inter-state water agreements and protect Colorado water rights as needed.
Funding for Medicaid and Medicare needs to be protected as does the Health Insurance Exchange programs. These programs have decreased uninsured citizens by 29% and mainly in the rural areas. Hospital, clinics, medical staff and medications costs need to be standardized and transparent so individuals seeking medical care can determine the cost to be expected for any medical procedures and how much would be covered by health insurance.
Contractors need to be subsidized by grants, public funding and tax and fee incentives to be able to build more affordable homes and apartment complexes. The Brighton Housing Authority and Almost Home (current Secretary of the Board) have worked together to provide affordable and emergency housing for families in Brighton through assistance from the City, County, State and Federal government programs.