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Colorado State House District 59

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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  • Marilyn Harris
    (R)

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    Barbara McLachlan
    (D)

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Background I am a fourth-generation Coloradan and taught high school for 20 years in Durango. I am Chair of the House Education Committee and a member of the Rural Affairs and Agriculture, Tourism, and Water Resources Committees. I am proud to represent the interests of my House District.
Contact phone 970-749-5683
Twitter @BarbaraforCO
My number one priority is funding our public schools properly. Teaching our next generation how to think critically, follow their curious instincts, and work well with others is crucial to the future of our state. We owe our schools so much since the creation of the Negative Factor during the last recession. Though we have been working to pay off that debt, we are still woefully underfunding them, and this pandemic has made it worse. I care very much about our students and educators, and will continue to advocate for their successes.
I have sponsored and voted for several bills this session that address rural economic development, which is so important for District 59. I have also passed bills to increase the production of hemp, increase opportunities to enroll in adult education programs, and Colorado will now give college credit for work experience. Other economic development issues the Legislature is addressing include discouraging discrimination in housing and healthcare, protecting the environment, deflecting price gouging, and incentivising small businesses. The pandemic has exposed a weakness in our infrastructure, and putting people back to work in a sustainable economy will address many of those issues.