What makes you the best choice for this office?
I never set out to be a politician, this is my first run for office. My experience at the Capitol finally made me realize I had to take action. A few women from our community and I were trying to get a simple piece of legislation passed to protect our pets. Despite assurances from our legislators, nothing got done. It opened my eyes to how our elected officials are only concerned about what their party and lobbyists tell them to be -- not what’s happening in our community. That’s when I realized I had to do something.
If elected, what would your top issue be?
When I was born, I was given up for adoption. A wonderful family of educators adopted me. Still, I struggled in school. Luckily, my school had a vocational and technical program. Once I enrolled in this program and took control of my education, I thrived. After school, I went on to a long and successful career. I never forgot how important my education was to my success. Now, I’m running to end the myth that kids who don’t go to school are failures and to ensure that every child has access to the same opportunities that I did.
If elected, what would you want to accomplish in order for you to consider the term a success?
I’m running to ensure that every kid in Colorado can access the same vocational and technical education opportunities that I had. If I can get that done at any point in my term I will consider the whole thing a success.
Your view on TABOR reform efforts?
TABOR “reform” efforts are all based on the same idea — that it’s wrong to allow voters to vote on tax increases. It’s the job of our elected leaders to make the tough choices to allocate resources. Instead of doing the job, legislators have thrown in the towel and declared “We can’t choose. We can’t do the job.” Reasonable people can disagree about what our priorities should be, but the refusal to have any priorities or to own the priorities they’ve funded is just cowardice on the part of legislators.
The Red Flag law went into effect this year. Has it been a good law, and would you change anything?
I think the Red Flag law has been mostly successful. However, as soon as it was implemented we saw the very abuse that proponents assured us couldn’t happen when an inmate initiated a complaint against the Weld County sheriff. Given this, I think the law would benefit from changes to narrow the group of people who can bring a complaint against a fellow citizen.
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