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Colorado State House District 55

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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    Scott Beilfuss
    (D)

  • Sierra Garcia
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    Janice Rich
    (R)

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 Mostly sales..drove the roads of Western Colorado and Southern Wyoming for 30+ years. I got to know every small town and their stories from billionaires in Aspen to chronically unemployed in Nucla. I am also a community organizer and activist.
Contact phone 9702502838
Health care costs. Over my years of healthcare advocacy, I've met thousands of locals scared to go without insurance but financially unable to pay for it. Many too, who do buy private pay insurance, are crushed with the high costs which holds them back from being able to save for retirement, put kids through college and just keep up with day to day bills. Many people who would like to start their own businesses can not do this as they can't go without insurance and must stay on jobs that provide it. Our system does not encourage healthy life styles, but pushes people to only get help when their condition is serious. High deductibles and copays keep people who do have insurance from using it. We need affordable healthcare that is transportable and encourages healthy lifestyles for everyone.
I believe the first thing we should try to do as a state is make sure everyone is able to enroll in health care insurance to keep them safe until they are able to work again Second, we need a realistic plan for affordable childcare. Third, many jobs are not coming back. Education/Vocational opportunities are going to be critical for a lot of workers to get back on their feet. Fourth, working together with Washington we need to get some infrastructure projects going. In addition, now might be a golden opportunity to create jobs building affordable housing for workers and seniors. Fifth, enact incentives for businesses to hire workers. Sixth, deal with TABOR to get the financial shackles off so that we can take care of our finances during the times of growth and decline. Seventh, create a workforce assistance program for older workers. Eighth, create a streamlining process for licensing and compliance processes for small businesses Ninth, begin a long view planning for job creation.
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Background I am a Professional Legal Secretary, having worked for attorneys and the U.S. District Court for more than 20 years. I operated my own business support and secretarial service for 6 years. I was elected County Clerk (2003-2010), and then County Treasurer (2011-2018).
Contact phone 970-640-1727
Working together -- I believe we do our best work when we work together.

I have lived in Grand Junction for 48 years. I care deeply about this community. It's important to continue to promote economic development and be a partner and supporter of our local businesses, because when they are successful, our friends and families in this community thrive. This past year, I was a co-prime sponsor of Modifications to the Jump Start Program (HB20-1003), which received strong bi-partisan support. This is a proven success program in Mesa County; I believe it will continue to strengthen all of rural Colorado.

Of course, as a cancer survivor, I continue to be interested in reducing our health care costs. In 2019, I was a co-prime sponsor of the Colorado Reinsurance Program (HB19-1168), which also received strong bi-partisan support. It was designed to decrease costs of care, lower premiums and restrain growth in federal spending commitment.
The government-imposed shutdown of economic activity as a response to COVID-19 has caused the worst budget crisis I can remember. For businesses, tourism and recreation in our area to be successful, transportation is key. These are vital drivers to rural Colorado's economy. We should also take steps to re-open and reduce regulatory burdens on our businesses. This past Session, there were Bills that were aimed at increasing taxes and regulations, which is the opposite of what our local businesses need.