Colorado State House District 43
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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Kevin Van Winkle
What is your number one priority and why?
How will you address the economic crisis that has resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic?
I am a Physician Assistant who has worked in Family Practice for the past 11 years. I became active in politics over the last 4 years from an activist side and then gained further desire to run for office.
My number one priority is to repeal/reform TABOR. This is my top priority as it creates the ability and the funding to pass many of the pieces of legislation that I want to work on. The budget for our schools, roads, libraries, etc. are all limited by TABOR. My passion lies in healthcare and bringing affordable and accessible healthcare and mental healthcare to everyone, but the basis of any of the change I want to make comes down to funding and this all comes back to TABOR. With COVID and the economic decline we are seeing the issues surrounding TABOR and even more so with Gallagher. We have to start at this base level so that it opens the doors to all the pieces of legislation we want to pass to better our communities.
As stated above, I believe changing Gallagher and TABOR are a start to helping with the economic crisis that we will see from COVID. If the taxes we pay on residential properties continues to drop at the current rate, we will be in even more economic trouble than we already will be. Beyond this, we need to grant stimulus’ and funding for small businesses, pass paid family leave so we can support our families during this difficult time. We need to be sure that the measures we pass benefit everyone in our communities and do not bailout our major corporations that will recover in due time.
I grew up along with Highlands Ranch in the 80's and 90's - it's where I started my family and small business. Now I'm running for my forth and final term to represent the district I love for two more years. I'm married with two young kids, volunteer often and am a founding member of a local church.
3889 Wynwood Cir
For me it's all about people, not politics. It was a tremendous blessing growing up in here and I’m thrilled to have started both my business and family in beautiful Highlands Ranch. Our community deserves an energetic, hardworking legislator that will go the extra mile to create jobs, improve schools, protect patients, and help those in need. In the last two years, I’ve fought for our hometown values and passed 24 bills – all with strong bi-partisan support – to improve school safety, to create Colorado’s first new Judicial District in nearly 60 years (to be centered in Douglas County), expanded telemedicine, cut taxes and increased funding for schools. The current one political party control of all state government promotes extremism, and I'll work hard to bring balance and reach across the aisle to fight for common sense solutions and help Colorado families get back on their feet.
This year, I sponsored a bi-partisan bill into law that cut government red tape for small businesses struggling to survive through COVID. Next year, there will be even more work to safely reopen Colorado’s economy, strengthen our health care system and empower Coloradoans to once again earn a good living. From 2017 to 2019 our General Fund revenues increased 25% while population only grew 4%. Our budget may be down now, but just about every family in Colorado is struggling too. It’s time to truly focus budget priorities to insure the most vulnerable are not hurt further. Haphazard funding leaves fundamentals like schools and services for senior citizens shortchanged. A portion of the federal funds coming to CO (again) should provide much-needed health care response and help teachers and families adapt. Additional federal support should be used to replenish our state unemployment fund to reduce anxiety for those relying on the fund, and for the small businesses struggling to pay into it
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