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Colorado State Senate District 35

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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    Carlos R. Lopez
    (D)

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    Cleave Simpson
    (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 graduated from Trinidad High School and enrolled after at TSJC. I transfered to UNC in Greeley where I attained a I bachelors degree. I later became a paralegal. I am a former city council member of Trinidad. I am the Founder and Chair of The Youth Club of Trinidad, an after school program. I
Contact phone Work: 719-422-8260 Cell: 303-550-2175
Twitter @Lopez4Colorado
My number one priority is bringing education to the forefront of investment and importance. Colorado schools have lagged so far behind compared to other states in the Union. I believe that our children are infrastructure just as much as our other systems that keep our communities functioning. I don't want our kids to be lacking in a global economy because they didn't have the resources to help them be competitive.
I want to stress innovative technology at community and junior colleges that create lucrative careers without a tremendous amount of time or debt to the student. I want to subsidize the educational institutions so that they have higher enrollment numbers to help the smaller two year schools and incentivize the students to pursue high paying, highly demanded blue collar careers.
Background 4th generation San Luis Valley farmer/rancher and Colorado native. Graduate of the Colorado School of Mines. General Manager of the Rio Grande Water Conservation District. Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Adams State University. Active community member. Married 37 years to same woman!
Contact phone 719-480-0548
Keeping rural Colorado prosperous, relevant and resilient. As Colorado's population continues it's rapid growth largely centered on the front range (State demographers predict a doubling of the population by 2050), Senate District 35 will need a strong, effective voice that understands rural Colorado and can articulate the value of rural Colorado to our urban counterparts. Without exceptional leadership the risk is rural Colorado will bear the lions share of the burden to support the predicted front range growth. We risk loosing the vibrant agricultural economy, culture and communities that dominate this District and are of such importance to all of Colorado. I am passionate about rural Colorado and am inspired by the folks that make up this Senate District and would be honored to work for you at the State Capital. We need the right leadership at the gold dome to keep us Rural Proud and Rural Strong! I have the experience and the thoughtful leadership approach to get it done.
A clear path forward is still challenging to imagine. Working with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment along with the Governor and local officials is paramount. Engaging with counties, cities and economic development organizations will help set the stage and the path forward. Most important is helping decision makers in Denver recognize the one size fits all can be particularly burdensome for rural Colorado. We can and should be working expeditiously to SAFELY reach a fully engaged rural economy sooner than later. Our rural institutions of higher learning should be recognized and supported as a vital link in the economic recovery, they absolutely should be engaged in the recovery conversation. I suspect the pandemic will end up being an accelerator for innovation for all of Colorado and the legislature will be tasked with making sure government doesn't end up stifling innovation and business needs.