2022 Colorado Primary
STATE REPRESENTATIVE HD20 CANDIDATE
What experience (personal, professional, other) would you bring to your role as Representative that will benefit our state?
I have served the Town of Monument for 6 years now, 4 of them as Mayor. I have seen how state legislation affects our smaller communities often with one size fits all solutions. As one of two individuals that challenged the state legislator for the first time in over 80 years with a citizen’s referendum against the National Popular Vote, I learned how out of touch some state legislators are and how their focus has moved from the local community to national hot topics. I serve on multiple legislative committees and have testified both for and against legislation on several occasions. With my experience at the local level, I believe I can help bring a Colorado focus to the state house again.
What is your vision for being a Colorado State Representative?
To create a bottom-up shared approach among elected officials at the state level by working from the taxpayer up, instead of the state level down.
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?
We must rebuild the peoples trust in the election system. This begins with transparency and then more transparency. This needs to be combined with voter roll clean-ups to reduce the number of inactive ballots circulating through the system. Moving forward, voter identification is crucial in election integrity.
What is your position on the Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR)?
The “fee” loophole is chipping away the effectiveness and value of TABOR. Future legislation needs to be developed in a manner addressing how new enterprises are created, along with new restrictions on the expansion of existing enterprises 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?
Providing effortless access to school choice with a focus on parental authority and transparency, will be a driving force in making public schools more productive and competitive. In many ways our public school system is broken. Funding is miss appropriated, classrooms are overcrowded, and grade level learning continues to fall behind. Teachers’ unions continue to perpetuate the problem by focusing on the teacher and not the student. It would behoove us to expand our teaching assets by tapping into industry experts to aid in education and help prepare our students for real world issues versus only relying on individuals with educational backgrounds.
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?
As per our Constitution, government should be limited. Our state has demonstrated a total disregard for this concept during COVID-19, as such no level of government has the authority to dictate medical procedures and decisions over an individual.
Protecting the Most Vulnerable
As a Representative, how would you seek to protect the most vulnerable in our state, including the lives of the unborn, the trafficked, and the elderly?
Candidate Did Not Respond
(When we originally surveyed State Representative candidates for the Assembly, this question was inadvertently omitted. We resubmitted our questionnaire to candidates for the Primary Elections with this question included, giving them a chance to both revise their previous answers and to respond to this new question. This candidate confirmed receipt of the new questionnaire, but never responded with any revisions, nor did he submit an answer to this question.)
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)?
Recently in our community, I have had to defend our religious freedoms against out of state anti- Christian activist groups. We won this battle, but this is not the end. We need to continue to fight this kind of censorship and cancel culture.
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”?
As a veteran of the United State Marine Corps and a NRA firearms instructor, I strongly support the 2nd Amendment. I have spoken out as Mayor, against legislation like Red Flag and others. The 2nd Amendment protects all other rights, and I will always fight to ensure our right to bear arms is upheld.
How do you believe that tax revenue in Colorado should be best utilized to improve our infrastructure?
The State agencies responsible for our infrastructure need to be refocused. Many of these agencies have lost touch with their designed purpose and spend too many taxpayer dollars outside their purview and on pet projects. New legislation needs to guide these agencies back to their core responsibilities.
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