Profession: Geologist and Software Developer
City of residence: Arvada
Campaign website: BriannaForColorado.com, @BriannaForHD27, BriannaForColorado (FB/Insta)
What makes you the best choice for this office?
My background as as scientist who traveled the world, working with people of different languages & cultures, my knowledge of Internet technology, and my experience as a firefighter are uncommon on their own at the Capitol, let alone in combination. My desire to prioritize our kids, our working people, and our environment comes from the heart. I’m a solution-oriented listener, naturally inclined to bridge divides among multiple viewpoints.
What can the Legislature do to ease the strain of rising housing prices on Colorado residents?
The Legislature needs to work with local governments, developers, consumer groups, and neighborhood groups to promote, via incentive, subsidy, fee, or policy: sustainable density such as transit-oriented development, affordable unit construction rather than allowing developers to cheaply buy out such clauses, rent help prioritizing lower-income Coloradans with some level of residency requirements, and a focus on higher wages generally, perhaps by repealing the TABOR prohibition on a progressive state income tax.
What can be done to ensure the state’s transportation system can accommodate continued population growth?
Transit-oriented development maximizing density around established corridors and helps plan for growth impacts by location — for both homes and office spaces. We can’t solve congestion only with more lanes — we need to take cars off the road, ideally with positive incentives. We need better data on new sources of congestion in order to forecast future congestion trends and prepare accordingly. We need to develop smartly with transportation as a top priority to serve new communities.
What two issues demand more attention in the upcoming Legislative session than they received in the previous one, and why?
Water, because long term, water is the most important issue in Colorado, and we aren’t doing nearly enough to reduce our per-capita usage. TABOR reform, because long term, our strangulation by this amendment is the second most important issue affecting all other issues in Colorado, and there aren’t enough people with the courage to say so.
If elected, what must you accomplish in order for you to consider your term a success?
The first is listening to my constituents when they tell me what is going on and how it is affecting them. The second: bringing visibility to trans people to ensure that we all receive more recognition as real, equal human beings with rights. Legislatively, while I can’t guarantee my bills will pass, I’ll consider it a success if I can co-write or co-sponsor legislation on any priority of mine that passes the House.
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