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Colorado State House District 48

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.WATCH THE CANDIDATE FORUM HERE.Note this Forum includes CO House Districts 48, 49 and 50. (Presented by the LWV Greeley/Weld)__________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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    Holly A. Herson

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    Tonya Van Beber

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 grew up in rural Weld County, went to college at The University of Northern Colorado, and have worked in healthcare for the majority of my career. My wife and I were foster parents and specifically took older children with mental health conditions because of our passion for suicide prevention.
My number one priority is to ensure that mental healthcare begins is treated as primary healthcare, and that access to preventive medicine is available and affordable for all Coloradans. My father died by suicide in 2009, and I decided that I had to double-down and make a difference in my community. I had already been working in healthcare, but I continued to grow in my career and obtained my license as an ophthalmic assistant. While doing so, my wife and I became foster parents and specifically took children with mental health disorders so that we could make a difference in their young lives. I went back to college and obtained two degrees in political science, and while doing so I interned with a Colorado State Senator where I was able to work on healthcare legislation, specifically on the legislation that allowed for Free Standing Emergency Departments in our state. These types of innovations are what will allow our state to stay ahead of growth and improve access for everyone
I have been the primary breadwinner in my family while going back to college and volunteering with the community. I know what it means to balance a tight budget each month, while not going without the essentials. I will handle the difficult economic crisis and state budget in the same way. We need to be creative while looking toward the future. I will fight for tax reform that benefits the middle class, I will not vote for any legislation that tries to cut funding from schools, and I will not vote for legislation that attempts to take from our healthcare system. I believe that we need to invest in our future by providing education grants for those who are impacted by our changing energy economy, and I also believe that we need to invest in renewable resources and agriculture in order to benefit our current economy while planning for our future. I will work across the isle to find creative solutions that will reduce the harm that this pandemic has caused.
Background Third generation Weld County Native. Wife, Mother, Small Business owner and Teacher. I graduated from Eaton High and earned my bachelors degree from UNC. I'm an elected member of the Weld County Council. I believe in free markets and free people. Weld County is my home and I want to protect it.
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My number one priority is strong representation for Weld County.

I chose to run for the seat to be an effective conservative voice for Weld County at the Capitol. It's become clear that now more than ever, the fate of our future requires citizens getting involved at every level where they can make a difference.

Since the 2018 election, I have watched Weld County be fed to the wolves at the state level with a scorched-earth mentality. Colorado State Government has used full force to tell local governments how, when, and where they will exercise local control - the very antithesis of Weld County's Home Rule Charter. ​​​

Our resources, from water, to agriculture, to oil and gas, to a thriving business and educational infrastructure, as well as the people who make all of these happen, deserve someone that will represent their needs - someone who has a long standing history here, a vested interest in our future and who has been active in these issues. I'm that candidate.
The severe negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 shutdown will be long lasting as a result of failed leadership from our state officials. Because our businesses suffering and unemployment claims at record highs, our state budget could not be more stretched. It is times like these when I am thankful we have TABOR and a balanced budget amendment to protect us.

As a State Representative, I look forward to taking a leadership role and working with my colleagues to find areas where innovation can take place, efficiencies can be improved and cuts can be made to wasteful spending and outdated programs. I will work to find redundancies between local, state and federal governments that could save money and support legislation that streamlines or digitizes our processes that will result in cost savings.

As somebody who has lived through the good times and bad in Weld County, I know how to get through. Make the budget cuts, fund the necessities and build up a healthy savings account.