Colorado State House District 52
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.Watch the Candidate Forum for CO House District 52 HERE. Note this forum also covers CO Senate Dist 14 and CO House Dist 53.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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What is your number one priority and why?
How will you address the economic crisis that has resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic?
Cathy has served in the Colorado House since January of 2019. Prior to that, she served on the Poudre School District school board for 7 years. Cathy became involved in the school district when her twins (now 22) were in PSD schools. Prior to that, she worked as a database analyst and programmer.
1436 Tarryton Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Education. I served on the PSD school board for 7 years before joining the legislature. Education touches so many areas of our lives. Our public schools provide opportunity to ALL students - no matter their background. It is the great equalizer. It teaches us to know what facts are so we understand that climate change is real and needs to be addressed. It keeps kids from entering the criminal justice system by giving them basic literacy skills.
Unfortunately, as a state, Colorado under-funds education. We have fundamental problems in our state's constitution which keep legislators from potentially solving this problem. We have a teacher shortage because Colorado has the worst teacher pay in the entire country. We have school districts in rural communities who are wondering if they have adequate funding to continue operating next year. We need to solve this funding crisis to support education - and many other important areas of our state government.
As Colorado slowly re-opens, I hope we can gradually return to having the top economy in the nation. Despite having the #1 economy in the country prior to the pandemic, our schools and state budget never fully recovered from the 2008 Great Recession. This is because of constraints that Colorado has in its constitution which voters will have the opportunity to address this November. For instance, taxes can go down automatically, but it takes a vote of all Coloradans to raise them again. Colorado's tax burden also falls unequally heavily on our poorest citizens. I will work to get both measures on the ballot and passed so Colorado can be on our way to a true recovery. The first measure will repeal the Gallagher amendment which has cost the state billions of extra dollars over the years. And the second measure (learn more at FairTaxColorado.org) will allow Colorado to have a graduated income tax and generate needed revenue for our schools, roads, and other important state services.
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