Profession: State Representative
Campaign Website: www.brittanypettersen.com
What makes you the best choice for this office?
It was because of the investments this community made in me as a kid that I was given a chance to succeed and why I have spent my time in the legislature as a strong advocate for high-quality public schools, preparing our students for good-paying jobs, and making sure that everyone who works hard and plays by the rules has a fair shot. I am running for the Colorado Senate to continue to fight for the community that has given me so much.
What can the Legislature do to ease the strain of rising housing prices on Colorado residents?
Our secret is out – Colorado is the best place in the nation to live and people continue to move here in droves. The skyrocketing cost of housing makes it impossible for many to even consider buying a home, and far too many are struggling to even keep a roof over their head. The state can play a role by providing incentives to local communities for new development that includes mixed use and affordable housing options, not more luxury apartment buildings.
What can be done to ensure the state’s transportation system will be able to accommodate continued population growth?
Last year we set aside a historic amount of additional funds for roads and bridges, but also ensured that we are building out innovative public transportation like Bus Rapid Transit, Light Rail, and ride sharing platform. While that’s a good start, Colorado is still far behind where we need to be. We have to support a new funding stream to replace the outdated gas tax to keep pace with our growing needs.
What two issues demand more attention in the upcoming Legislative session than they received in the previous one, and why?
Middle-class economic issues must be a priority next year. The partisan obstructionists in Senate refuse to look at policies to address our retirement crisis, increasing access to paid family and medical leave, and ensuring women are paid equally to men for doing the same job. We also have to double down on our investments in full-day kindergarten and preschool to ensure every kid has the opportunity to succeed.
If elected, what must you accomplish in order for you to consider your term a success?
I have a proven track record of working across the aisle to solve significant outstanding issues for our state. I will continue to fight for critical investments that level the playing field for regular people like me by increasing access to preschool, full-day kindergarten, making sure our teachers are paid a living wage, expanding vocational training, addressing our retirement crisis, and passing another package of bills to address the opioid crisis.
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