Colorado State Senate District 21
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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What is your number one priority and why?
How will you address the economic crisis that has resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic?
I am a Colorado native. I am married to my beautiful bride, Ginger, for 21 years. We have three wonderful children. I have been involved in politics since I registered to vote in 1981. I am confident that I can help figure out the problems that face our broken Colorado economy.
My number one priority is to be a Good Steward of what is left of our state budget. That is what state legislators do - how do we spend the money? Tough decisions will have to be made to strike that balance of state/ business/individual taxation to help the once bustling and popping Colorado economy reemerge from this crisis as power house for business and growth. We can do this together with Responsibility and Good Stewardship.
I will address the economic crisis with the argument of Tax Capacity. How much personal wealth are Colorado citizens willing to give up to finance our Government? Radio Host and Economist Mike Rosen once said that Tax Capacity should be held at 17% of income - it is at approx. 30% right now for most people. The Gallagher Amendment and TABOR will both be major players in the coming years. I'm not sure if they will be addressed in this session or not. One thing is certain, the government response to the COVID-19 outbreak has done what no Republican coalition has been able to do -reduce the size of the State Government. I never dreamed it would happen this way and so fast. The loss of tax revenue for the state is staggering. A recent article in the Colorado Sun , said, "Colorado faces a $6.8 billion coronavirus hit to state budget in coming years, new forecast projects" I see a great opportunity here to rethink our budget priorities and to restore to the people a thrifty Colorado budget
State Senator (2016-Present)
State Representative (2012-2016)
Commerce City Councilmember (2009-2012)
5821 Tichy Blvd Commerce City, CO 80022
My number one priority is ensuring our communities can fully recover from the health and economic effects of COVID-19. We are experiencing a once in a century pandemic and it has exposed the gaps and flaws in our system. Our social safety net was not prepared for the number of people who would need unemployment, health, housing, food and utility assistance. We have a lot of work to do to ensure our system improves from this experience and that people get the assistance they need quickly and efficiently.
The vast majority of the support for our economy comes from consumer spending. Since the pandemic started, economic activity has virtually halted due to the closure of entertainment venues and places where people congregate. The best thing we can do for our economy is to adhere to public health guidelines so our economy can continue to recover. I will also be looking into how we can bolster our social safety net so our systems are prepared to help people promptly.
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