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Colorado State House District 16

The Colorado House of Representatives is the lower house of the Colorado General Assembly, the State legislature of the U.S. state of Colorado. The House is composed of 65 members. Representatives are elected to two-year terms, and are limited to four terms in office but can run again after a two-year respite. The entire House is elected in each general election.Cámara de Representantes de ColoradoLa Cámara de Representantes de Colorado es la cámara inferior de la Asamblea General de Colorado, la legislatura Estatal del estado de Colorado de los EE.UU. La Cámara de Representantes está compuesta por 65 miembros. Los Representantes son elegidos para servir mandatos de dos años, y están limitados a servir cuatro mandatos, pero pueden volver a postularse después de un descanso de dos años. Se elige a la Cámara entera en cada elección general.__________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.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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    John Carl Hjersman

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    Stephanie Vigil

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 Graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1968. Retired from sailing as Chief Engineer on container ships in 2012.
Antecedentes Descendent of Swedish Immigrants of 1910 and English immigrants of 1652. Son of Henry A Hjersman and Muriel E Reaves, of Sacramento, California, both deceased.
Contact phone 719-330-6684
Empowering citizens to control their own lives, to make decisions for themselves that benefit them and their families. Our culture has weakened significantly since the notion that all things flow from the government has become popular.
To the extent that I am afforded the opportunity to do so, I will vote for anything that removes restrictive legislation that impedes economic progress and hampers innovation. I will vote against anything that further smothers our already stifled independent business arena.
Background Retired Naval Flight Office with 21 years of active service. Retired from private industry as a defense contractor. Seven years in elected public office on City Council and Board of Directors for Colorado Springs Utilities.
Contact phone 719-640-8451
Economic recovery is my number one priority. Colorado has been hit hard by the economic devastation resulting from COVID-19. The transportation, recreation and retail sectors have been particularly hard hit and small businesses have been devastated.
I will work with the business sectors that have been hard hit to determine what measures will help and what measures to avoid. Tax policies, fees charged small businesses and regulatory restrictions are all areas to look closely into for concrete solutions.

The biggest action to take is to eliminate restrictive regulations that hamper business and get government out of the way of the private sector.
Background I am a longtime essential worker turned community organizer, and since going into long-term recovery from a previous disability, I'm ready to get to work on behalf of those who struggle to get by.
Contact phone 719-460-3613
Twitter @VigilforHD16
As our population grows, it becomes increasingly urgent to plan our urban spaces more conscientiously, and use the tools at our disposal wisely to serve the needs of all who live here and safeguard our quality of life for the long haul. One major challenge we all seem to recognize, and that has come into sharp relief this year in particular, is the need for more affordable housing and greater housing security overall.

While we've made some progress on housing policy in the last couple of sessions, renters' rights continue to be weak in Colorado, with privileges heavily skewed in landlords' favor. We can't sustain this kind of financial and housing insecurity for so many households. As a start, I will introduce or sponsor legislation that gives local governments the right to enact housing policy suited for their own communities, whether it's stabilizing rents or requiring a minimum number of affordable units in new development.
Our number one priority needs to be springing back from the Covid crisis in a way that provides relief where it's most needed -- namely for essential workers, the renting population, and for our teachers and other school staff. These are some of the hardest working and lowest paid Coloradans, and what's been asked of them through this pandemic has been epic in scale compared to the low wages (and sometimes total lack of benefits) associated with much of their work. If there is no action at a federal level to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour, I'm prepared to go to work on it here in our legislature. When I speak with educators in my district, low teacher pay is the number one issue, and I intend to support an increase in teacher pay and ensure our public educators are being justly compensated.

If we're going to recite the nice sounding phrase "We're all in this together," then we to need to put it into practice in the next session.