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Colorado State House District 17

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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    Rob Blancken
    (R)

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    Thomas "Tony" Exum Sr.
    (D)

  • Susan Quilleash
    (L)

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 Fourth generation Colorado resident having lived in House District 17 for the past 35 years, grew up in the Denver Metro area attending public schools in Lakewood. Attended Red Rocks community college. Working 36 years in utility field. Retired from Colorado Springs Utilities after the 25 years.
Contact phone 719-473-5586
Mental health: 1) Ease of access and affordability. 2) Outreach to the citizens in the most need of help. 3) Ensuring of veterans need of service. Due to the red flag bill which addressed removal of a firearm's from the home, which is in direct violation of the Second Amendment rights and due process under law this bill does nothing to address mental health issues. Also we have seen an increase in domestic violence abusive, drug and alcohol problems due to COVID-19 pandemic.
This is the first time in my life I've seen a shutdown of our economy due to a virus, government has overreached its power to the citizens of the State of Colorado by declaring a state of emergency which was authorized by our legislators without review or reconsideration by the citizens. As a legislator I would work on revising the Colorado revised statutes in regards to the use of state of emergency power, a 30 day period to address state of emergency is one thing to extend it over and over and over again without legislative approval is wrong! We were asked as citizens to obeyed health safety guidelines to "flatten the curve" on this pandemic we have done that, it is under control we know what to do. Now is the time to open up our businesses in return our economy as quickly as possible and as safely as possible. State legislators must immediately address the budget shortfall due to this pandemic, it must be across the board and fair. Colorado law mandate we have a balanced budget.
Background After 35 years as a firefighter with the CSFD, rising to Battalion Chief, Exum retired in 2010. He won election in 2012 to the Colorado House of Representatives, from District 17 – covering Southeast Colorado Springs. Rep. Exum won election again in 2016 and 2018.
Contact phone 719-661-4910
Twitter @TonyExum
My number one priority has always been to faithfully represent the concerns of my constituents: helping students, low-income families, people of color, the elderly, first responders, military veterans, and everyone in House District 17. I listen when people tell me they want safer schools, better education, cleaner water, police accountability, and improved elder care, among other things; and I work hard to support legislation addressing those issues. I believe my legislative record proves that.

But if we're talking about what my number one policy issue priority is, it's public education: making sure our schools are well funded, our teachers are well paid, our curriculum is appropriate and helpful to students in this modern world, our breakfast and lunch services are healthy, affordable, and filling, and our school buildings are well maintained, safe and secure. Supporting public education is my number one policy priority, which is why I like serving on the House Education Committee.
I've been working with legislative leadership and the Governor's office, as well as members of Colorado's congressional delegation, to make sure the people and businesses of Colorado are getting the help and support they need during this coronavirus crisis. I've also been helping people directly, handing out care packages of food and other supplies at charity drives, and working with constituents to navigate the state's emergency response agencies and policies, helping those people get the assistance they need. This work has not always been easy, because the crisis hit hard and fast and has been changing frequently. But being the elected representative from District 17 means doing everything in my power to help my community recover from this crisis, and that's work I'm eager to do. And I will continue working towards a full economic recovery for our state. It may take time to get back to where we were before the crisis, but the goal is to get there as safely and as quickly as possible.
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