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Colorado Senate District 3

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  • Leroy M. Garcia
    (Dem)

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    John Pickerill
    (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?

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Contact phone 765 426 7668
Background GOP state delegate 2012. GOP county chairman 2013-2016. 2014 GOP candidate for County Commissioner. 2016 GOP candidate for County Council. LP county chairman 2016-2017. LP candidate for IN House D41. LP state delegate 2018. LP national delegate 2018. LP Candidate for CO state senate D3.
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The number one issue today is the threat to liberty. Every individual, whether minority or white, man or woman, straight or LGBT, has the same right to liberty, to live their life how they see best without interference as long as they aren’t harming anyone else. Yet today, there is hardly anything a citizen can do that isn’t regulated or taxed by the government in some way. I will champion the protection of taxpayers from any tax increases of any kind. I will support and introduce legislation to reduce taxes and reduce government spending and regulations at every opportunity. The role of government is to protect the inalienable rights of the People. Any time government violates those rights I will stand firm to oppose it. My legislative agenda also includes defending right to life (including the unborn), defending small business owners against over-regulation, and caring for the poor and needy of our community through private charity and churches instead of gov't welfare programs.
For access to reproductive healthcare, and any healthcare, government must respect patient choice to pick the options they want, and to choose the type of healthcare provider they think best. For reproductive healthcare that should include not only a traditional OB/GYN physician, but also the option of nurse midwives and home birth and alternative medicines. But we should all acknowledge that abortion is not a form of reproductive health. Abortion is not a “right,” because no one has a “right” to initiate aggression against another human being. Abortion is an act of violence that results in the death of a human being. As such, because the role of government is to protect the inalienable rights of every person, it is the proper role of government to stop this initiation of violence. At the same time, we should reduce laws that make it difficult for private charities to aid a distressed mother considering abortion, or laws that complicate the adoption of her child.
The most urgent need is for the Colorado and U.S. legislature to recognize that parents are the primary authority for how their children should be educated. Government schools should be merely a tool at the parents’ disposal. Parents must be given all due freedom to choose the method by which their children are educated, be it by determining public school curriculum, by school vouchers to choose the school they deem best, or by homeschooling.
First we must recognize that the proper role of government is to secure the inalienable rights of citizens. It is not the role of government to go beyond that, including trying to centrally manage water resources of our society. The track record of government management of water has been a disaster. The history of the federal Bureau of Reclamation and Army Corps of Engineers in managing water has been a train wreck, as is well-documented in Marc Reisner’s 1986 book "Cadillac Desert." It is time for a new approach, one where government instead protects individual property rights to determine how water resources are best allocated.
First we must recognize that the proper role of government is to secure the inalienable rights of citizens. It is not the role of government to go beyond that, including trying to micromanage the healthcare of every American citizen. Government regulation and taxation of our healthcare over the last 50 years has done little but explode the cost of healthcare. Control of healthcare must be returned to patients, working directly with our doctors and other healthcare providers. Patients must have the opportunity to shop around for the best, most affordable care. But today patients have no price information because it is all hidden behind a complex system of health insurance premiums, co-pays, secondary insurance, Medicare claims, Medicaid, or VA. All this excessive money patients are forced to pay goes to fund these bloated bureaucracies. It is time we take healthcare back to the simple patient-doctor relationship to make prices affordable again.
First we must recognize that the proper role of government is to secure the inalienable rights of citizens. It is not the role of government to go beyond that, including trying to micromanage the housing of every American citizen. Every time government subsidizes housing, it raises the cost of housing for those who can least afford it. The 2007 financial crisis should've taught us this. To put as many Americans into a home as possible, the U.S. gov't subsidized mortgages to sub-prime borrowers who had little chance of repaying them. As more federal money poured in, the price of housing skyrocketed. Rents skyrocketed as well. The result was predictable. Borrowers couldn’t afford their monthly payments and defaulted on a massive scale. Banks foreclosed. People lost their homes, had to move into apartments or the streets. Banks were bailed out, but the people weren’t. It’s time to end government subsidies and bailouts to the banking industry, which caused unaffordable housing prices.