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Colorado State House District 38

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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    Richard Champion
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    David Ortiz
    (D)

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 Former Mayor, Town Trustee, Police Commissioner, Building Commissioner, Flood Control Administrator, Denver Regional Council of Governments Board Member and U.S. Army Veteran. Created 3 successful businesses and employed up to 42 professionals. I believe it takes hard work to be successful.
Antecedentes Born in OK, raised in NM, resident of Arapahoe County for 53 years, Arapahoe HS grad, married 45 years to Dr. Trish, raised our 3 kids here and all went to public schools and graduated from Littleton HS. The Littleton area is my hood! COLORADO NEEDS A CHAMPION!
Contact phone 303-973-0303
At the present time, my number one priority revolves around reviving our economy and public safety regarding both our health and our livelihoods. Without these two critical components of an effectively functioning society, there cannot be an economic rebound, let alone communities that can flourish. To that end, I will work to ensure that in another possible future pandemic there are clearly defined metrics required by the Governor as to why our economy would be initially shut down, AND what standard must be achieved to re-open all of Colorado – in collaboration with Colorado’s State Legislators. Additionally, safety and security are paramount for our personal and economic health and freedoms, and as such we need to be clear that destroying property, lives, and businesses is unacceptable, and that we support our police. I have and will continue to support bipartisan legislation that is good for my district and Colorado, regardless whether it is proposed by a Democrat or a Republican.
I would resurrect SB-020 which for income tax years commencing on and after January 1, 2021 reduces both the individual and the corporate state income tax rate from 4.63% to 4.49% and reduces the state alternative minimum tax by 0.14%. Additionally, a way to address our state’s budgetary crisis that resulted from the coronavirus pandemic is for the state legislature to consider a 2% temporary salary reduction for our state’s employees. Because state funded employees have been paid their regular salary on a regular basis all through the pandemic, they have not been as monetarily affected as our small businesses who have suffered, and in many, many cases had to close their doors. This would generate a significant source of revenue for our state to solve the upcoming budgetary crises which will affect funding for a host of government supported programs, such as K-12 education, higher education, human services and transportation. We must fund these programs for an economic recovery.
Background I am a wounded veteran and lifelong public servant running for the Colorado State House in HD38. I am a third-generation US Service Member on my dad’s side and first-generation American on my mom’s side. I am a tenacious fighter that will empower others the way others have empowered me.
Contact phone (910) 705-0570
Twitter @DavidDOrtizCO
The most important priority in HD38, in my own life, and in this country in a time of COVID19 is making healthcare a right. Healthcare remains one of the largest costs of working families. During my run, I spoke to a neighbor here in HD38 that had to declare bankruptcy because her mother had cancer and her father has an undiagnosed chronic illness. While I was deployed to Afghanistan as a combat aviator, I survived a catastrophic crash, which left me paralyzed from the waist down. If I did not have access to quality and affordable healthcare (including mental healthcare), I would not have been able to regain my independence, nor would I have been able to continue serving the community in the nonprofit work I do and as a lobbyist for veterans. In a time of COVID19, if more had access to healthcare the way the crisis unfolded in our country could have been very different. In a time when many are laid off, losing healthcare will only make this crisis worse. Healthcare is a right.
Our state has a $3.3 billion shortfall. The federal government and this administration have shirked their responsibly to support states and local communities in this time of crisis. My entire lifetime of service has been defined by working with a team and coalition to get things done. Our values are not for times of ease, but for times of difficulty. I will be dedicated to working with our federal leaders to fight for funding for state and municipal governments during this difficult time. As a state legislator I would push to use our reserve, to implement TABOR's clause to declare a funding emergency to temporarily raise taxes on those that have enjoyed our economic boom the most and currently enjoy being financially insulated from this crisis. Cuts are already being made, but we must fund public education and healthcare for our children. In the absence of leadership from this presidential administration, leaders in the community must work together to see us through this crisis.