City of residence: Lakewoood
Profession: Retired Medical Technologist/Microbiologist (ASCP) and Exotic Vet Tech
Campaign Website: joanforcolorado.com
What makes you the best choice for this office?
I will be the sensible voice of the people of Lakewood. I have spent all summer walking and listening to voters. I have been active in HD23 listening and then acting. The voters feel that their values have been ignored. I will not ignore the voice of the people of Lakewood. I am the sensible choice because I am a woman of reason.
What can the Legislature do to ease the strain of rising housing prices on Colorado residents?
I believe that this is not an issue that the legislature should be addressing. In Denver, the city council voted to give payments to apartment owners as there is a high number of apartments that are vacant. This is wrong. I believe if we have free markets that are allowed to operate properly that the situation will correct itself.
What can be done to ensure the state’s transportation system will be able to accommodate continued population growth?
Fix the roads. And do it without raising taxes and creating toll lanes. I would reference the audits that were just performed of the Colorado Department of Transportation. I think they have some questionable financial priorities and could do a better job of assessing job significance. See the audits at https://leg.colorado.gov/audits-for-department/transportation
What two issues demand more attention in the upcoming Legislative session than they received in the previous one, and why?
I believe that the Colorado Legislature must take up the mantle of overseeing Water Planning. The Water Resources Review Committee needs to step up to their mission to monitor the conservation, use, and financial development of Colorado Water for the general welfare of the state. The Legislature should also address Sanctuary Cities. This practice of creating two levels of protection violates the purpose of liberty and justice for all.
If elected, what must you accomplish in order for you to consider your term a success?
I truly believe my successes depend on who is in charge of the House. I believe in Majorities and until we know who the leadership is I cannot predict how successful I will be. However, I will be the sensible and reasonable voice for the voters.
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