2022 Colorado Primary
STATE REPRESENTATIVE HD16 CANDIDATE
Campaign Website URL: www.DaveDonelson.org
Email Address: DaveDonelson18@gmail.com
Occupation/Vocation: Colorado Springs City Council
Military Background: US Army Veteran, former Green Beret
Resident of El Paso County: 30 years, except for military deployments and training
What experience (personal, professional, other) would you bring to your role as Representative that will benefit our state?
I currently serve you on City Council where I have a proven record of leadership. I have been married to my wife for 31 years and we have raised our children in House District 16. I understand the challenges and concerns of parents raising their families. Our state government should not make that harder.
I served my country for 21 years in the Army – as a Special Forces NCO (Green Beret), in military intelligence, and as an Officer and Physician Assistant. I am an Iraq War Veteran. I understand what it means to put others before yourself.
I have been the Center Director of a Men’s Health Clinic and understand the challenges of small business.
What is your vision for being a Colorado State Representative?
Serve the People. That is my vision. Just like when I ran for city council – it isn’t about me. Right now, too many of our elected officials think their job is to impose some kind of agenda on our citizens. That isn’t their job. Their (my) essential job is to provide our citizens with excellent Public Safety, Infrastructure (think roads), and Public Schools – and not violate our constitution while doing it. It is not the government’s job to weaken our police, ignore our roads, and try to undercut parents’ values in our schools.
Do you believe that elections in Colorado should be conducted differently? Should voters in Colorado be required to verify their identity and residential status in the respective counties in which they vote? Are you in favor of a single-day, in-person voting system consisting of all-paper ballots? Why or why not?
Yes, elections in Colorado should be conducted differently. American citizens have to have confidence in their elections. Requiring voter ID and residential status is a no brainer. Try getting on a plane without ID. If a single-day, in-person voting system consisting of all-paper ballots is “doable” I would support it. The reason why is that it would restore confidence in our election results among our citizens who are skeptical about them. We would be able to address concerns about electronic manipulation of the vote. It would also end ballot harvesting.
What is your position on the Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR)?
I support it. Our state government should not try to circumvent it by calling taxes fees.
As a State Representative, what will you do to improve the education of our K – 12 students? What is your position on parental authority in education, including school choice?
I am a strong supporter of parental authority in education and school choice. My children attended Corpus Christi Elementary School, and then graduated from Vanguard Charter School or Saint Mary’s High School.
Funding in schools needs to be shifted away from bloated school administrations and used to increase teacher salaries to attract more teachers and compensate them for the critical role they have in teaching our children. Divisive issues like CRT and sexual identity don’t belong in our schools.
Do you believe that the government has the legal power and authority to dictate what a person does with his or her body? If so, how?
I think this question is about the COVID debacle we just went through. On the El Paso County Board of Health I led the fight against mandates and led the fight against a resolution “in support of voluntary COVID vaccinations”. It was a typical government, one size fits all solution (even after it was clear there were serious side effects, and it wasn’t effective at preventing infection). Mandating that citizens had to get that shot, even though they may have had antibodies, was and is wrong.
If we can’t decide what is injected into our bodies, are we really free?
Protecting the Most Vulnerable
As a Representative, how would you seek to protect the most vulnerable in our county, including the lives of the unborn, the trafficked, and the elderly?
On Colorado Springs City Council I successfully led the effort to enact a Massage Therapy Business License. I coordinated with our Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence Unit, City Attorney Office, and City Clerk’s office to craft an ordinance which will give us the ability to end the human trafficking and prostitution which has been occurring at Illicit Massage Parlors in our city for decades. The ordinance was approved 9-0 on two separate votes. It will begin to be enforced on 1 September 2022.
I am Pro-Life. I will be an ally for groups working for the protection of the unborn, the elderly, and the trafficked.
What will you do as Colorado State Representative to protect our 1st Amendment rights to: the free exercise of religion, freedom of speech, peaceably assembly, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances, all of which are becoming more difficult to exercise in America (and around the world)?
I will uphold the constitution. I didn’t serve 21 years in the Army, part of that time as a Green Beret, to be intimidated into giving up our constitutional rights. I will vote against anything which I think violates or undermines any of these rights. I will be proud to sponsor or support bills which promote these rights. I will speak out, as I did on the EPC Board of Health, when I think citizens rights are being violated.
Do you believe that gun ownership is a civil right, and what are your positions in regards to red flag laws, magazine capacity bans, legislation that regulates gun storage, and permitless “Constitutional carry”?
I am a NRA life member, concealed carry permit holder, member of a shooting club, former Green Beret and serve on the board of the Pikes Peak Firearms Coalition. Would you like to guess my position on 2A issues? The problem isn’t law abiding citizens with 30- round magazines, it is criminals with any weapon – a knife, hammer, or gun. We need to stop reducing penalties for crimes, and punish criminals for breaking the law. Regulating gun storage turns honest citizens into criminals.
How do you believe that tax revenue in Colorado should be best utilized to improve our infrastructure?
When I ran for city council the top two priorities for me were public safety (police and fire), and infrastructure. There are only a few things that most citizens really want their government to focus on – but those are two of them. It is like focusing on blocking and tackling in football – the fundamentals bring success. We have to make infrastructure – roads, bridges, dams, airports, wastewater, etc. a top priority.
Currently our government is focused on too many other issues – like decreasing penalties for criminals, and trying to force cities, businesses and individuals to adopt green energy options. We have to stay focused on delivering the fundamentals.
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