Profession: Self-Employed and Program Manager for CASA of Jefferson & Gilpin Counties
Campaign Website: vickipyneforhd27.com
What makes you the best choice for this office?
As a resident of Arvada for 25 years, my five kids attended local schools where I was regularly involved in classrooms, PTA, athletic clubs, and budget committees. I sit on the Board of Directors for Apex Parks and Recreation District and Arvada and Jefferson County human services committees distributing block grant funding. I am the Program Manager of CASA of Jefferson & Gilpin Counties. These connections are a strong base for representation of the community.
What can the Legislature do to ease the strain of rising housing prices on Colorado residents?
We need comprehensive reform of construction defects law which will allow construction of starter housing that was abundant years ago. The building industry has refrained from construction of condominiums and townhomes because of the current rules around litigation. Condos and Townhomes are the affordable housing which allows a first-time home buyer to get into housing and build equity to move up.
What can be done to ensure the state’s transportation system will be able to accommodate continued population growth?
The Colorado General Assembly needs to look at transportation as a priority issue and authorize general fund money to improve roads and infrastructure in addition to keeping up with the growth that Colorado is experiencing throughout the state.
What two issues demand more attention in the upcoming Legislative session than they received in the previous one, and why?
First, the rising cost of healthcare. This is something that affects every citizen, young and old. People need control over their options, including choosing physicians and insurance coverage they need. Small businesses that file as sole proprietors need options beyond buying individual health plans. Second is education. Getting money to teachers and classrooms, where the direct benefit goes to students, is needed for individual student achievement. This should be the core of all education initiatives.
If elected, what must you accomplish in order for you to consider your term a success?
I will consider my term a success if I have adequately listened to my constituents and made sure their voices have been heard at the state level. My passion for my community is what has prompted me to run for HD27. I believe government should serve the people, not the other way around.
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