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Colorado US House District 2

As per the Constitution, the U.S. House of Representatives makes and passes federal laws. The House is one of Congress's two chambers (the other is the U.S. Senate) and part of the federal government's legislative branch.The House has several powers assigned exclusively to it, including the power to initiate revenue bills, impeach federal officials, and elect the President in the case of an electoral college tie. Among other duties, representatives introduce bills and resolutions, offer amendments and serve on committees.Also referred to as a congressman or congresswoman, each representative is elected to a two-year term serving the people of a specific congressional district.

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    Thom Atkinson
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    Joe Neguse
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    Gary Swing
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    Charlie Winn
    (R)

Biographical Information

What is your number one priority and why?

What measures would you favor to build and protect the economy, if any? What factors go into your decision making?

What national service and/or employment effort, if any, do you favor that would bring people back to work and assist business growth? 

Background Global Businessman with an MBA. Retired reserve USMC Lieutenant Colonel Libertarian who believes the founding fathers created the constitution with much forethought and intent. Background in technology and renewable energy. Life Member of the NRA
Contact phone 720-740-0069
Retain the freedoms granted by the US Constitution and to provide an unfettered voice for the people. If you examine the voting records of the US Senators and Congressmen, they most always fall along party lines. I believe the people deserve a vote that reflects the will of the people of Colorado, not some party elites in New York or California. I am very troubled by the Republican and Democratic Parties as they try to give the federal government more and more authority that should be handled at the state and local level or assigned to the choice of the individual. This erosion of our state and personal freedom is dangerous as the Constitution was created in such a way to allow for differing opinions among the states which in turn gives individuals the right to live where they choose based on the laws of their states and local communities instead of living under the agenda of the major urban centers in the US.
Pass a law prohibiting Governors from the unconstitutional practice of closing businesses so people can get back to work. Individual states should be responsible for the economic mess their governors created.

I would encourage investment in new technologies and specifically try to encourage US government investment in renewables and new technologies in Colorado.
I would encourage investment in new technologies and specifically try to encourage US government investment in renewables and new technologies in Colorado.

I believe public utilities need to be upgraded with microgrids and renewable sources of energy. The US Forest Service is in desperate need of an overhaul. There is a need to determine the root causes of the numerous wild fires and to create plans to prevent future fires.

Again, I believe the Governor is responsible for the economic mess in Colorado because he shut the economy down. This goes against the 1st amendment of the US Constitution. Colorado state is responsible for the economic troubles of Colorado.
Background Congressman, Colorado’s 2nd District; Attorney; Former CU Regent (2009-2015) and Director of Colorado’s Consumer Protection Agency 2015-2017)
Contact phone 720-432-3769
Correo electrónico info@joeneguseforcongress.com
Twitter @joeneguse
My number one priority is to lead locally. In my view, that means building on everything we’ve accomplished together during my first term—having more bills enacted into law than any other Colorado lawmaker, leading on climate change, passing major Colorado wilderness legislation, and holding a record number of town halls. As the public health and economic difficulties created by the pandemic grow, I’ve worked to help our community at every turn, fighting to secure additional economic relief and working with local leaders, small business owners, and frontline workers to make an impact wherever we could. I’m proud of the work we’ve done, but there is still more to do to ensure access to affordable healthcare for all, aid our communities’ recovery from the pandemic, and combat the threat of climate change. If given the opportunity to again serve our community, I will continue to lead locally and listen to my constituents to tackle these critical issues and more.
As Coloradans face the once-in-a-century health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s critical that Congress play a role to provide needed economic relief to ensure every community can weather this crisis. I strongly support additional federal stimulus for families, communities, and small businesses, including direct cash assistance payments, a continuation of expanded unemployment insurance passed in the bipartisan CARES Act, and funds to support schools, renters and homeowners and health care workers.I am also a strong supporter of the Paycheck Fairness Act and support raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. As Colorado’s only member of House Leadership, I will continue to fight for the priorities above to equip our communities, families and businesses through this difficult moment.
I have fought to provide direct stabilization funds to cities and counties, expand the SNAP food security program, provide needed relief to the U.S. Postal Service and for hazard pay for our frontline workers. Many of these proposals were included in the Heroes Act, which passed the House in May and in the new stimulus bill that passed the House in October. I also introduced a bill, the 21st Century Conservation Corp Act, to employ hundreds of thousands of people to complete conservation projects in our community and support the critical recreation and outdoor economy that we are so lucky to have here in Colorado.
Background I have a BA in Political Science and a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado. Former public policy researcher. 20 years as a cultural events promoter before the pandemic. Former Green Party candidate and former state co-chair of Colorado's Green Party.
Contact phone 7203574260
Human impact on the environment due to overpopulation and over-consumption threatens the continuation of life on Earth as we know it. We face converging ecological catastrophes on an unprecedented scale, including the mass extinction of animal species, climate change, topsoil depletion, and ocean acidification.

Nevertheless, my personal involvement in electoral politics has been motivated by my opposition to war and concern for human rights. U.S. military imperialism has been responsible for the deaths of an estimated twenty to thirty million people in 37 victim nations since World War Two ended. I support the Kellogg-Briand Pact outlawing war. The U.S. military should be strictly limited to non-offensive defense of U.S. territory. Foreign military bases should be shut down. Foreign military aid should be eliminated. Weapons of mass destruction should be abolished. I support a nonviolent foreign policy with humanitarian aid to eliminate world hunger and secure safe drinking water.
I support a Green New Deal to convert our energy system and economy to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2030, including a complete phase-out of fossil fuels, fracked gas, and nuclear power.

We need to make massive investments in renewable energy sources including solar, wind, geothermal, small scale hydroelectric, and tidal power.

I support proposals to:

Reinstate and expand energy and mileage efficiency investments;

Extend federal incentives and rebates for renewable energy;

Restart the Clean Power Plan to protect our health and clean air, while moving away from coal;

Modernize our power grids to pave the way for a dramatic increase in renewable energy sources;

End all new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters;

Phase-out the sales of new fossil-fuel vehicles; and

Accelerate the production of Electric Vehicles, invest in charging infrastructure, and continue efforts to maximize fuel efficiency until we can move away from internal combustion engines.
I support a program to train workers for a new, clean energy economy under a Green New Deal program.

We could establish a Renewable Energy Administration on the scale of FDR’s Rural Electrification Administration, which brought electrical power to rural areas of the United States.

The Jacobson plan for conversion to renewable energy would provide an estimated 3.9 million 40-year construction jobs and two million 40-year operation jobs for the energy facilities alone, the sum of which would outweigh the 3.9 million jobs displaced in the conventional energy sector.

Jacobson’s job estimates don't include jobs from mass transit and retrofitting buildings for insulation and efficiency. It is estimated that every dollar spent on investments in renewable energy creates three times as many jobs as investments in nuclear power or fossil fuels.

The Center for American Progress estimated that $100 billion in green economic investment would translate into two million new jobs in two years.
Background Physician and retired Navy Captain
Contact phone 720 441 4296
Twitter @DrCharlieWinn
Good health is one’s most important asset. Without good health everything else is so much more difficult. Developing a healthcare system that ensures access to quality and affordable healthcare is the primary reason I’m running for Congress. This program must be built around the patient and not a bureaucracy in Washington or the insurance industry.
The 21st century will be the most technologically advanced century ever. An educated and well trained workforce will be the greatest asset for the growth of the economy and will be needed for the U.S. to meet the challenges in an ever more competitive world economy. Ensuring that every American who has the desire, willingness and abilities has access to higher education is not only best for every citizen, it is an absolute imperative for the economy to continue to grow.
Opportunity is what makes America great. There are pockets of America that have failed to offer opportunity. Inner cities have denied this to the local inhabitants. This can be changed by providing physical safety with a competent and responsible police force, ensuring every child has access to quality K-12 education, not determined by zip code, with choice and bringing business back to the inner cities with programs like economic Opportunity Zones.