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Colorado State Senate District 31

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 Hansen
    (D)

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    Doug Townsend
    (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 Hansen holds a BSc in Engineering from Kansas St. University; a Master of Science in Engineering Systems from MIT; and a PhD in Economic Geography from Oxford. Prior to elected office, he served as Senior Director at IHS Markit, & currently serves as Co-founder of the CO Energy & Water Institute.
Contact phone 720-243-2546
Twitter @HANSENFORCO
My number one priority is tackling climate change. Climate change is an enormously complex and multi-dimensional problem that will require coordinated action and diversified approaches to solve. It is imperative that we not only leave a better planet for our children, but also use this opportunity to lift up marginalized communities and transition into a more resilient, just, carbon-free economy that works for all of us. My decades-long background in energy & environmental policy has provided me with the tools to address this issue from many different angles and simultaneously work to decarbonize our transportation, building, commerce, and energy sectors, while also working to educate about the benefits of environmental stewardship and economic resiliency. Finally, I enjoy working on climate change legislation because it allows me to engage with a diverse stakeholder group including labor, utilities, transit companies, various government departments and community groups.
The issue that I feel is most important to address in the economic recovery following the COVID pandemic is unemployment benefits. With millions nationwide, and hundreds of thousands in Colorado losing their jobs over the last few months, it is essential that the state provide adequate resources to keep afloat those who are unemployed. To ensure that our state's unemployment benefits are reaching those who need it most, I introduced and passed a bill (SB207) that 1) reduced the percentage of wages deducted for UI benefits, which increased the weekly benefit amounts paid out, 2) instituted protections for workers seeking UI benefits because their employers are out of compliance with public health standards, and 3) increased the UI coverage to a greater number of workers who have had their hours reduced. I am proud to have led the effort to extend UI benefits to thousands of Coloradans who have lost their jobs or had reduced hours so they can stay afloat through this economic hardship.
Background CPA, Chief Financial Officer & former School Board President. Have served in executive leadership roles (CFO & CEO) in numerous financial services companies & the non-profit sector. Ran for Rep nomination for Mayor of Indianapolis 1991. Graduate Ball State University, Summa Cum Laude, BS Accounting
Contact phone (720) 766-5121
Twitter @TownsendForYou
My #1 priority is to refocus the efforts of the State govt away from taking over ever larger segments of our lives & economy and instead support the rights & liberties of our citizens so that they are empowered to pursue their personal American Dream, whatever that may be.

Our current legislators have been expanding the role of the State in our lives - placing additional requirements on our schools, dictating how parents can raise their children, piling new regulations on our oil & gas industry despite the voters rejecting this expansion, and taking over ever larger segments of our health care industry.

The General Fund grew 27.4% in the 3 years prior to the pandemic. The May forecast shortfall of $3.3b returns the General Fund to the level it was at 3 years ago. Effective fiscal management, driven by limited government, would have significantly reduced the impact on our citizens. We must have a fiscally responsible, limited government for our citizens to succeed.
The COVID-19 pandemic created a health care crisis. The government’s overreaction created the economic crisis. While the health care system was certainly stressed in parts of the country, it was not in Colorado. The health concern will continue indefinitely, but it is known and manageable.

I support government providing guidelines, not regulatory restrictions, to citizens and businesses on how to safely interact in public, then opening up all businesses and allowing the owners and customers to decide what they want to do. Customers will tell businesses what they consider to be acceptable precautions by patronizing a particular establishment or not. Businesses with employees working from home can certainly continue to do so. While not optimal, schools can operate via online learning.

Every citizen should be empowered with the knowledge of how best to protect themselves and then entrusted to make the decisions that they believe are appropriate.