Tell us a little about yourself. I have lived in Colorado my whole life (61 years). I grew up on a family ranch and my late husband and I bought it from my family after 17 years of marriage. I am a …
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Tell us a little about yourself.
I have lived in Colorado my whole life (61 years). I grew up on a family ranch and my late husband and I bought it from my family after 17 years of marriage. I am a cow/calf producer which means I raise calves from cows that I take care of year-round as I produce USA beef.
What makes you the best choice for office?
I first got involved in local politics because someone needed to stand up for our rural communities and be a voice against the overreach of federal and local governments. Throughout my first term as state representative these last two years I have had one guiding focus: My responsibility is to represent the people of our district, to stand up for the rights of my neighbors and help protect our rural Colorado way of life. I take that responsibility very seriously and have not let my decisions or votes be influenced by lobbyists, special interests, or political insiders.
What can the Legislature do to ease the strain of rising housing prices on Colorado residents?
I am in full support of any effort that helps ease housing challenges in Colorado through free-market solutions. The real estate crash, and larger financial crisis of 2008, was created in large part by the government interfering with the real estate and loan industries, and we saw how disastrous that ended up being. We must also have tort reform to ensure builders can afford to provide quality housing at the lowest possible costs.
What can be done to ensure the state’s transportation system will be able to accommodate continued population growth?
The state government already has the ability to deal with both current and future transportation needs but they refuse to accept the responsibility to actually budget accordingly. Every new tax or fee hike proposal comes with the promise of using the money for roads, yet time and again the money gets diverted to special interests and pet projects while our transportation system continues to suffer. It’s time to hold the state government responsible and demand that they fulfill their constitutional obligation to make our roadways a priority with in our already existing budget.
What two issues demand more attention in the upcoming legislative session than they received in the previous one, and why?
My focus is always on protecting the water and property rights of Coloradans because I’ve seen how the constant overreach of local and federal government is harmful to our rural businesses and families. I also want to work to expand high-speed internet into rural Colorado. The extension of broadband to our rural communities will not only bring greater business efficiencies and a higher quality of life but will also allow for improving healthcare access.
If elected, what must you accomplish in order for you to consider your term a success?
I don’t think about that in terms of my own success but in the success of my constituents. If my community and neighbors have more economic freedom and their land and businesses are safer from government infringement, then I will feel my time on the Colorado Legislature will have been successful.
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