Jessie Danielson, candidate for Senate District 20

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Party: Democrat

City: Wheat Ridge

Profession: State Representative

Campaign Website: www.jessiedanielson.com or on Facebook @JessieDanielsonforColorado or Twitter @jessiedanielson

What makes you the best choice for this office?

While others were bickering, I found common sense solutions to solve problems in the legislature. I passed a tax deduction for military retirees. I fought for equal pay for equal work and protected seniors from financial abuse. I also sponsored the bill that legalized rain barrels. And, I am the only candidate in this race who will make sure our classrooms get the resources they need to make sure our Jeffco kids succeed.

What can the Legislature do to ease the strain of rising housing prices on Colorado residents?

The lack of affordable housing is a top concern for residents across our state.We have taken significant steps in the legislature to protect renters and to encourage the development of adequate housing options for Colorado residents. There is still so much to be done to address the rising costs of housing and I am committed to working on this issue that impacts so many Coloradans.  

What can be done to ensure the state’s transportation system will be able to accommodate continued population growth?

Last year we broke through years of gridlock to pass a bipartisan transportation plan for immediate and long-term needs. However, there is still work to be done to meet the transportation needs of our state. We need a Colorado built to last in order for our state’s economic success to lead to long-term improvements in everyone’s lives. That starts with good roads, bridges and transit options.

What two issues demand more attention in the upcoming Legislative session than they received in the previous one, and why?

It is critical that our classrooms receive the resources they need to serve the kids across the state. Jeffco kids deserve a world class education, and I will continue to fight to ensure they get just that.I have fought against the financial abuse of seniors. It is time that the legislature makes senior citizens a priority so that older Coloradans have the resources they need to live – safely and independently – in their own homes.

If elected, what must you accomplish in order for you to consider your term a success?

Jeffco needs a State Senator who will stand up and fight for our community. When I serve as your next State Senator, I will make our public schools a top priority. I will fight for equal pay for equal work. I will work to make sure seniors can live independently in their homes for as long as they wish. I will cut red tape for veterans, so they can get a good job or a college degree. I will promote apprenticeships and vocational technical training so young people have new options when seeking a good paying job. These things and more will make the Colorado economy work for everyone and will make my service to you and our community successful.

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