Colorado State Senate District 19
The Colorado Senate is the upper house of the Colorado General Assembly, the state legislature of the U.S. State of Colorado. It is composed of 35 senators who are elected to four-year terms and are limited to two consecutive terms in office.ELECTION INFO: General Election ballots will start to be mailed on October 9th, 2020. Voter Service and Polling Centers open on Monday, October 19th, 2020. Ballots must be received via mail or at drop-off no later than Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020, by 7 pm. If you have not received your ballot or need a replacement, contact your local Clerk & Recorder Elections Office.Senado de ColoradoEl Senado de Colorado es la cámara superior de la Asamblea General de Colorado, la legislatura estatal del Estado de Colorado de los EE.UU. Está compuesto por 35 senadores que son elegidos a mandatos de cuatro años y están limitados a dos mandatos consecutivos.INFROMACIÓN SOBRE LAS ELECCIONES: Las papeletas de votación para las Elecciones Generales empezarán a ser enviadas el 9 de octubre del 2020. Los Centros de Servicios Electorales se abren el lunes, 19 de octubre del 2020. Las papeletas electorales deben ser enviadas por correo o entregadas en un centro de entrega a más tardar a las 7pm el martes, 3 de noviembre del 2020. Si no ha recibido su papeleta electoral o necesita un reemplazo, comuníquese con su Funcionario Oficial de la Oficina de Elecciones local.
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How will you address the economic crisis that has resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic?
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Born in Western Colorado. Graduated from Regis University with a BA and MA in education. Worked in both K-12 and higher education. Raising two teenage children in Arvada. Previously served on the Arvada City Council. Current member of the Joint Budget Committee and Chair of Senate Appropriations.
My number one priority is education funding. Over the years, education funding has eroded to where we are near the bottom compared to all other states. I believe providing a robust, high-quality education where we address equity and provide strong options for children has a positive positive impact at both a societal and personal level. Providing a 21st Century education will help prevent poverty and promote a strong, productive future for generations to come. I also believe that a quality education will provide opportunity for personal fulfillment and enable a more informed electorate, thereby strengthening our democracy.
As a member of the Joint Budget Committee, we faced an unparalleled drop in revenue due to the economic fallout of COVID19. That reduction in revenue was close to $3.3 Billion and forced the state to cut the state budget drastically. In order to produce a balanced budget, we focused on shoring up the essential government services and tried to minimize the impact to healthcare, education, and human services. We need to be thinking about shoring up our unemployment system in both the short and long term. Also, we need to identify gaps in our social safety net systems, and then continue investing in the core functions of government. We also should maximize the federal assistance we have received from the CARES Act, and deploy the funds as efficiently and equitably as possible. Finally, we should look into ways to assist small businesses and stimulate job growth, such as providing a business loan recovery program.
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