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Colorado House District 23

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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    Chris Kennedy
    (Dem)

  • Joan Poston
    (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 7209383294
Background I am a lifelong Coloradan, an outdoor enthusiast, and a proud Lakewood resident. My first career was as a structural engineer, but I soon grew more passionate about a number of issues facing our community. After nearly six years as an engineer, I left to devote my career to service through politics.
Twitter @kennedy4co
Growth is the number one concern I hear about when I’m knocking on doors. While we may not be able to control growth, we can certainly stop incentivizing it by trying to attract big companies to relocate here. We must figure out how to make growth pay its own way so that it doesn’t put so much strain on our roads and neighborhoods. Furthermore, the rapid growth and booming economy have dramatically increased the costs of housing, health care, child care, higher education, and more. We must focus on helping every hard-working Colorado family afford to live here and enjoy the Colorado way of life.
I think we can always do more to increase access to affordable, high-quality reproductive health care. My biggest concerns are that the US Supreme Court might reverse Roe v Wade, and to that end, I think we need to be prepared to fight to protect the progress we’ve already made on reproductive freedom.
The biggest challenges come from the lack of funding. Too many school buildings are in disrepair and we’re not paying teachers enough to live in the communities where they work, which is leading to a major teacher shortage. I strongly support Amendment 73, which will make sure the wealthiest Coloradans pay their fair share to fund our K-12 schools (while giving a property tax break to the families in the middle), and I support Jeffco issues 5A and 5B which will raise critical funds locally.
I’m proud of the stakeholder process that led to the Colorado Water Plan and the work done to begin implementation. I believe we must always begin with water conversation and find smart ways to reduce our use. But we’ll also have to continue looking at supply and storage along the way.
The Affordable Care Act did a lot to expand access so that more people could get health insurance, but by building on top of a broken system, little was done to control costs. We must push further on ideas like cost transparency for hospitals and pharmaceuticals while taking steps away from the fee-for-service system and moving closer to a value-based payment system. We must also work on insurance reforms that will allow everyone in the state to access insurance with reasonable premiums and deductibles. To do that, we need to explore either a reinsurance program, and public option, or both.
While there’s a real shortage of affordable homes, condos, and apartments, there seem to be plenty of high-end products being built. Our cities must get smart about the right places for infill and density, and the legislature needs to create a stable fund to be used to incentivize builders to make sure all new condo or apartment projects have a significant percentage of affordable units. We must also continue to strengthen Colorado’s renters’ rights laws.
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