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Colorado State Senate District 27

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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    Chris Kolker
    (D)

  • Suzanne Staiert
    (R)

Biographical Information

What is your number one priority and why?

How will you address the economic crisis that has resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic?

Background I am a former high school history teacher and current financial planner with nearly 20 years of experience. I specialize in helping my clients prioritize their values and plan for their future. My wife & I are active in our community supporting mental healthcare, reproductive and immigration rights.
Contact phone 7194643900
Twitter @ChrisKolkerCO
My number one priority is to fund public education in Colorado; finding creative solutions to funding problems is my expertise. Education funding falls short for salaries, buildings, health insurance, curriculum, special education, career technical education facilities, proper school nutrition, mental health professionals, and retirement in Colorado. Financial support through truly funding public schools should also decrease class sizes, especially in K-3 where more attention is needed on an individual basis to provide an equitable start to all students. The school districts residing in SD27 projected shortfalls before the pandemic started. LPS estimated a $3-$4 million shortfall and Cherry Creek School District estimated a $40-$50 million shortfall for the 2020-2021 school year. Now with the economic impact of COVID, TABOR will only exacerbate this problem, as it has in the past. I am fully committed to any modification of TABOR that will reduce our funding issue.
This economic crisis caused by the pandemic is historic in nature and scope. I believe we will recover in strength once we have a vaccine to counter this virus.  Until then, we must act like a family planning their financial future.  We need to prioritize essential expenditures that we cannot live without such as services that support the safety and general welfare of our citizens.  These essentials are to support our most vulnerable populations, maintain our public education, sustain our utility and transportation infrastructure, and continue funding our public safety departments.  We must scour our budget and revenue to modify existing programs to meet these priorities.  I have already been meeting with the state treasury before this crisis to discuss ideas to free up revenue to support these primary services.  Like a family planning their finances, we must make tough choices in the short term to maintain our most pressing needs while preparing to improve our financial future.  
Background I have lived in this community for 20 years. I am a single parent with three daughters that attend our public schools. In my career I have spent 15 years representing local governments including Aurora, Arapahoe County and Littleton. I also served as Deputy Secretary of State for seven years.
Contact phone 303-263-0844
My first priority is economic recovery. Colorado families need a strong economy to pay for their basic needs. These dollars also provide the tax base to fund our schools and other essential government functions.
We need to work with our businesses to allow them to fully reopen. This is the only way they can retain employees. We can also stimulate economic recovery by investing in our infrastructure and improving on existing needs like roads. By working with, not against, our businesses we can lift unnecessary regulations, keep taxes low, and come up with solutions. Along with that, we have to be cautious of adding any new programs that bring further uncertainty to the market. Most importantly, partisanship must be put aside to work in the best interests of all the people in the district, not just special interests.