Campaign Website: www.kerrytipper.com
What makes you the best choice for this office?
I’m an attorney who was raised in Lakewood and graduated from D’Evelyn, DU, and Northeastern Law. My mother is a biologist from Costa Rica and my father was a combat veteran, Jeffco public school teacher, and small business owner. I appreciate diverse opinions and strong work ethics. As a lawyer I’ve worked on civil rights issues and served as an Assistant Attorney General protecting consumers, wage earners, and victims of abuse and fraud.
What can the Legislature do to ease the strain of rising housing prices on Colorado residents?
Housing is unaffordable because we don’t have enough units available for rent or purchase. This limited supply makes prices go up. While Coloradans want housing prices to go down, they also don’t want unlimited development that will make congestion, resource scarcity, and urban-sprawl worse. To me, this means leadership that advocates for thoughtful and targeted development: energy-efficient and affordable housing options built near transit and commercial hubs.
What can be done to ensure the state’s transportation system will be able to accommodate continued population growth?
We need to be planning ahead, not scrambling to catch up. While this year’s $645 million transportation bill was a step in the right direction, it’s a drop in the bucket compared to the $9 billion Colorado needs to catch up and stay caught up over the next ten years. I support a long-term plan to get our state back on track by funding highway projects, multi-modal transit, and badly-needed city and county projects.
What two issues demand more attention in the upcoming Legislative session than they received in the previous one, and why?
Colorado faces a water shortage of up to 400,000 acre-feet of water by 2040. While we’ve known this for a decade and developed a state plan for conservation and storage, we’ve done little to implement it. Colorado ranks at the bottom nationally for mental health care. We have so much work to do in this area, but can start by enforcing laws requiring insurance companies to cover mental health the same as physical health.
If elected, what must you accomplish in order for you to consider your term a success?
I will be successful if my constituents feel that I’m accessible, responsive to their requests, and up front with my positions. On issues, it’s imperative that we work on a bipartisan basis to fix our transportation issues, fund our schools, and bring health care costs down.
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