Colorado House of Representatives

Questions:

1. Do you support or oppose the religious beliefs of a person being permitted to influence the decisions they make while serving in public office?

2. Do you support or oppose public funding, including Medicaid, for Planned Parenthood?

3. Do you support or oppose churches and other qualified religious organizations continuing to receive tax-exempt status?

4. Do you support or oppose increasing the advertising budget for the Colorado lottery in an effort to increase lottery ticket sales?

5. Do you support or oppose business owners being able to legally decline to use their artistic or creative talents to celebrate events that go against their personal beliefs?

6. Do you support or oppose the state of Colorado withholding funding to “Sanctuary Cities” that do not comply with federal immigration laws?

Answer Key

S = Support
O = Oppose
U = Undecided
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Alexander “Skinny" Winkler
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How does your experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

Running a business, started from scratch, has given me the tools and drive to hit issues head on. I don’t accept “I don’t know” for an answer from myself. If I don’t have the answer, I’ll find it. When you’re the boss, there is no deferring to somebody above you in charge. It makes you accept responsibility.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

I am a husband, father of 3, and a businessman. I have a passion for communicating the issues in a logical, straightforward way. I also feel that I typically have a different “angle” on most issues, which helps people confront their beliefs and values in a new and exciting way. I am skeptically optimistic.

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I see the entire lottery as a tax on those whom are bad at math… but it is a completely voluntary “tax”.

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This issue is more about defining what a “business of public accommodation” is. I’m shocked most fail to understand this.

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The Feds should pay for the services rendered, for doing the Feds jobs… but the localities should help the feds.

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Andrew Smith
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Arthur Erwin
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How does your experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

Through my experience I have learned how to get people of strong differing opinions to come together in agreement. Working together will get great things accomplished for the people of Colorado and more importantly save this state for our children, grandchildren and for the generations yet to come.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

Have you ever heard people say someone should do something about where this state is heading? I have decided I was going to be that someone. We have a Tax Payer Bill Of Rights (TABOR) yet our current legislatures feel that the WE THE PEOPLE shouldn’t be making the decisions and find “work arounds” to our state constitution.

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A person’s religious beliefs is part of who they are.

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I feel the government and our taxes should not fund abortions but funding other health care services is ok.

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I have had numerous diccusions throughout my life on both sides of this.

Asia M. Zanders
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Barbara McLachlan
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Bob Lane
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Bob Rankin
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Brandon D. Bobian
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Brenda Krause
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Bri Buentello
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Brian O. Donahue
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Brianna Titone
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Bruce Baker
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How does your experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

I was a Westminster City Council Member from 2103 to 2017, where I was frequently in the minority, and nearly always on the right side. I have numerous published articles, papers and letters to the editor. US Army veteran and willing to attempt to persuade my colleagues at the State House to do what is right.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

I want to live my live my life in the protection and safety of consistently enforced laws. Just as I expect a place to live in peace and pursuing happiness, I require every other American to have the same respect for their pursing happiness. Government must NEVER threaten it’s citizens. Government is our responsibility

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most people do this

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the voters have set rules for funding

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no one should receive special exemptions

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Chris Hansen
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Chris Kennedy
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Cole Wist
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How does your experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

During his two terms in the Colorado General Assembly, Representative Wist has established himself as an effective, bipartisan lawmaker who is not afraid to take on tough issues. During the 2018 legislative session, Representative Wist introduced 28 bills, each with bipartisan sponsorship, and had 22 bills signed into law.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

Rep. Cole Wist is the Assistant Minority Leader of the Colorado House of Representatives and serves as Representative for District 37. Cole is a long time resident of the district, living in the Homestead neighborhood of Centennial since 1997. He and his wife, Susan, have three daughters: Connor, 26, Abby, 20 and Halle, 16.

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Colin Larson
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Colin Wilhelm
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How does your experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

As an attorney I have extensive experience with many different aspects of the law and with helping and representing people. As a member of the Colorado General Assembly your first job to represent the people of your district and Colorado as a whole.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

I am a democratic candidate running to represent the 57th District of the Colorado State House of Representatives. I have always believed in serving and giving back to my community. I believe it is time to bring new voices to the Colorado State House, and to make a difference in lives of Coloradans.

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Conor Duffy
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Dafna Michaelson Jenet
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Danielle Kombo
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How does your experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

Danielle Kombo has over a decade of experience in the healthcare field which gives her a unique perspective and insight into an important issue that impacts all Coloradans.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

Continuing her family’s distinguished legacy of serving the community, Danielle brings her “Spirit of the West”, can-do attitude in service to Colorado’s House District 45. In addition, she is a mother of four sons, small business owner, and a healthcare administrative professional.

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Dave Rose
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How does your experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

My experience as a school principal, Mayor, RTD Director, United Power Director, Colorado Air and Space Port Advisory Board Member, Almost Home Director and registered psychotherapist working with truant children prepares me to work on diverse areas to help give families and others a voice at the State House.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

My name is Dave Rose and I have lived in Brighton, Co for 41 years with my wife Wilma. Wilma and I raised 4 wonderful children and also have a daughter-in-law and son-in-law and three beautiful grandchildren. We both worked in the Brighton Public Schools for many years and served on City Council and several boards.

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Depens on the issue and how it affects others.

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Planned Parenthood provides valuable services to women.

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I need more information on the specifics.

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Depends on the situation.

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Sanctuary Cities have really never been defined.

Dave Williams
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How does your experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

As a current legislator running for re-election, I will continue to fight to protect Christians from the radical homosexual lobby’s agenda to silence people of faith, defend the right to life, advance our 2nd Amendment, and stop sanctuary cities.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

Unlike other politicians, I’m not running for re-election because I like government. Far from it.

Like you, I’ve grown frustrated with big-government liberals (in both parties) that say one thing to get elected, and then do the opposite when they get into power. You are the boss, and I serve your interests, no one else’s.

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As long as those beliefs align with the Judeo-Christian worldview of our nation’s founding and constitution.

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“A person’s a person no matter how small.”

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I support Jack Phillips and will fight to protect his 1st Amendment rights. Christians shouldn’t be bullied by government.

David Ross
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How does your experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

I studied mathematics and ancient history, so I know how a broken budget and broken families can destroy a nation – even an empire, like Rome’s.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

I want to secure a future for Coloradan children. To that end I support a balanced budget and a pro-family agenda.

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That would depend on the religion. Some religions provide healthy philosophies in governance. Others are simple poison.

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A lottery is a regressive tax on the poor and innumerate. The state should not be involved.

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If a city secedes from Federal law it casts our whole State’s agreement with the nation into question. This is civil war.

Dominique Jackson
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Don Bendell
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How does your experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

Have a Masters degree in Leadership, former Army officer, Vietnam US Army Special Forces combat veteran, small business owner for decades, with some very good success in several different fields. However, some failures too, both of which produce wisdom and knowledge.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

I am dedicated and passionate about getting government out of people’s business. I am a Ronald Reagan conservative and believe we should cut taxes and red tape to make it easier for businesses to create jobs by competing fairly in the marketplace. Strong believer in the 2nd Amendment, small business, education, & people.

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You should not let your religion dictate how you vote, but need a strong moral code.

Donald Valdez
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How does your experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

My experience with working well with others and building partnership and collaboration with others helps me build relationships and voicing for Southern Colorado.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

Voters in my district know who I am and know that I have the experience to continue serve at the state house and continue to work for them.
Also, the voters know that I listen and communicate well with them and know the district.

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Donna Walter
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How does your experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

I grew up in a politically active home and have served as a volunteer citizen activist at the state legislature for more than 25 years. I have participated in researching, reviewing, and contributing to the writing of legislation. Although I’m not an attorney, I have studied the Constitution and am ready to get to work.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

As a small business owner and a single mother I will represent all Coloradans in my district, including those most financially vulnerable. I will be a true citizen legislator who is not beholden to special interests and will avoid partisan bickering while addressing the needs of our state as a whole.

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Since law often involves ethics and justice, it’s unrealistic to expect legislators to never be influenced by their beliefs.

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I have no objections to Medicaid covering services provided by any agency as long as Colorado law is respected.

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I support tax exempt status for all nonprofits because of the valuable services they provide to our communities.

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Seems to me that state money could be better spent elsewhere given how accessible the Colorado lottery already is.

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I believe the Supreme Court still needs to rule on this issue from the perspective of freedom of speech.

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Rule of law requires compliance with laws from all levels of government. Sanctuary cities violate current federal law.

Dylan Roberts
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Edie Hooton
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Eric Rutherford
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How does your experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

I have experience in the military/Law enforcement as well as the business world. I am very active in the community through both local and federal boards. I enjoy very much being a Rotarian and the last board I served on was a board that worked with the homeless population.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

I graduated from the Navel Academy. Captain of my college football team. Served as a Marine Corps office. Was a Federal Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration. I received my MBA from the University of Colorado. I have my own business. My wife is from Mexico.

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Medicaid yes Planned parent hood no. That should come from the private sector.

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i do not want religious organizations to have a say in government and they will if they pay taxes.

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If the lottery can support it self that is can advertise itself.

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Let the business owner decide. this does not include race/sex.

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Sanctuary cities are an excuse not to reform immigration. Reform immigration and there will be no need for sanctuary cities.

Erin Kelley
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Erin Shipp
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Gbenga Ajiboye
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How does your experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

I am an immigrant with three college degrees in Engineering. Father of 3 kids, with diverse Academic and Industrial experience. As a result of my journey, I am prepared to face immigration debate, healthcare, education – Student loans, oil and gas issues in weld county. I understand the values that can make a happy family.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

I will listen to everyone’s issues, problems and story, reach across the party lines and have an honest dialogue with the people who disagree with me on issues. Thinking and working together, we can overcome partisan bickering and divisive language. By talking to each other and not at each other, we can have a better State

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Grady Nouis
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How does your experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

As a young conservative who work in a very socially liberal environment (concert industry) I know what it takes to work with the other side to provide services for our clients. I see issues from the perspective of a small business owner, a parent of two young children, and from a fresh millennial POV who wants results.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

Hi everybody my name is Grady Nouis. I am your Republican candidate in Arvada and Westminster. My wife Kelly and I are the proud parents of Gareth (4) and Evelyn (2). We are both small business owners and we regularly attend Victory Church in Westminster. I support education freedom and the right to life.

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I support the First Amendment as written.

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I do not support Sanctuary Jurisdictions.

Hugh McKean
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How does your experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

Having a business background has been essential in looking at the work of the State and making clear choices about how to serve the people of Colorado. In addition, having grown up farming, it is so important to understand the diverse communities and economies of the state.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

Hugh McKean was elected to represent Colorado House District 51 on November 6, 2016. He has been active in securing funding for water projects and finding ways to fund I-25 expansion. During the 2018 session he worked on a host of bills especially fast-tracking the vital re-licensure of Colorado nurses.

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It’s inevitable that the things that make up a person, including religion, be part of how they make decisions.

James Wilson
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How does your experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

Having served 6 years in the Colorado House, I have established myself as a respected voice for rural Colorado and HD 60. I am one that both sides of the aisle look towards when rural issues are discussed. I have served on multiple committees including: Education, Health & Local Government. Proven leadership — priceless

What would you like the voters to know about you?

I have a proven record of service to HD 60. I have sponsored/co-sponsored bills to secure more school funding, expanded broadband services, protected water rights, supported veterans, eased burdens on child care, addressed teacher shortages in rural areas & promoted economic growth while maintaining fiscal responsibility

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James Rashad Coleman
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Janet Buckner
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Janice Rich
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How does your experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

Sixteen years as a local elected official-eight years as Mesa County Clerk, and currently as Mesa County Treasurer, and have served on legislative committees in both offices I have held. Private sector–I was as a Professional Legal Secretary working with attorneys, the Federal Court, and running my own small business.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

I am ready to take on the important work that gets done in the Colorado House of Representatives. I will be a strong, common sense, consistent voice for Mesa County. This is the kind of responsibility you should expect from your Representative.

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Rather than a hypothetical, I would want to know the issue.

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I oppose public funding of Planned Parenthood.

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I would want to see the actual budget, but I believe the advertising is adequately funded.

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I believe this is best decided in a court of law.

Jay Frank Kucera
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Jeff Bridges
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Jeni Arndt
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Joan Poston
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How does your experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

I have Real Life experience. I have been a health care professional, an exotic animal lab manager with the Denver Zoo, and a TA in the Denver Public Schools. I am a Community Activist. As far as political experience goes I am a grassroots outsider with solutions. I went to DC to talk about solutions for the Federal Center.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

Hi. I am Joan Poston and I would like to be your next representative for HD23. I am a Colorado native and graduate of WheatRidge High and CSU. I am a medical technologist. I have been married for 24 years and love dogs. I am running for office because the people’s voice has been ignored for some time. I can be your voice.

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I believe that a person beliefs are important to the character of their ability to serve

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I do not believe that tax payers money should be used in this manner.

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I was grateful for the ruling for Jack with Masterpiece Bakery from the Supreme Court. M

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Sanctuary cities create two classes of citizens. And places illegal in a protected class with more rights and than Americans.

Joan Shaffer
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Joann Ginal
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Jonathan Ambler
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How does your experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

Almost a fourth of the State’s budget goes to education yet those monies don’t reach beneficial uses. I was an administrator at the time Teacher Effectiveness laws were enacted. I am acutely aware of how misguided legislation and policy decisions can harm rather than help. A teacher needs to be in the legislature.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

I am a husband, father, and grandfather. I have worked in education for 17 years, mostly as a teacher but also as an administrator as well as in a university setting. I’m not perfect, I’ve made plenty of mistakes just like most people. I face the same challenges as most people. I guess I’m just an average man.

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Every experience a person has influences decisions the same as the lack of belief influences the decisions of non-believers.

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To do otherwise would violate the 1st Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.

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The lottery is essentially a regressive tax.

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To do otherwise would violate the 13th Amendment. A forced act contrary to conscience is slavery.

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“Sanctuary” laws are acts against the sovereignty of our state and nation.

Jonathan Singer
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Jovan Melton
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Julie McCluskie
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K.C. Becker
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Kamala Vanderkolk
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Katherine E. Whitney
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Kent Jarnig
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How does your experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

My district is heavily military. Air Force Academy, Fort Carson and NORAD are all here. Additionally, there are many retired military. I understand the needs of this group of voters. My business background gives me the experience of working with others to achieve goals and living within budgets.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

Husband, father and grandfather. Vietnam Combat Veteran. Senior management for two manufacturing companies. Small business owner. BS Degree from the University of Minnesota. I am a moderate Democrat.

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Support – I’m not sure anyone can say no to this questuion.

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97% off all funding goes to women’s healthcare other than abortions.

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This is a complex issue that requires more than yes or no.

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I do not believe that the Federal Government should tell local government what they can and can’t do.

Kerry Tipper
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Kevin Sipple
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How does your experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

I’ve been the Chairman of a Publicly Traded Corporation. I have extensive experience with Governmental Organizations and Regulatory Bodies. I have experience with Law Enforcement and Social Services. One of my passions is Suicide Prevention and am a member of SPCC. I own Low Income and Sec. 8 Housing.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

26 years ago I entered public service as a board member on a Social Services agency. I discovered the great personal satisfaction that came from helping people. My public service has continued ever since. My pursuit of public office is an opportunity to continue of my passion of helping others.

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Best interests of all citizens should rule.

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Pro-life from conception to natural death.

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Churches provide LOTS of good services.

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As long as it’s funded by lottery funds

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Support 1st amendment.

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Government should always follow the law.

Kevin Sipple
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Kevin Van Winkle
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How does your experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

The Judeo-Christian worldview held by our nations founders is under fire in academia, the press, and where the policymaking rubber hits the road – in the Colorado State House. After serving for four years, I believe it’s vital (now more than ever) for church-goers to vote and elect those who share a biblical worldview.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

Bible believing Christian, Conservative, Husband & Father

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Kim Ransom
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Please check my voting record and the work I’ve done in my first 2 terms in the Colorado House. Awards to date include Principles of Liberty (A+ rating), American Conservative Union (100%), CUT (Colorado Union of Taxpayers) Champion, and Common Sense in the Courtroom award.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

Constitutional conservative. Elected officials are responsible to the citizens we serve, and must vigorously defend the freedoms and rights we possess under the federal and state constitutions. I believe in personal responsibility, property rights, traditional family values, educational choice, and limited government.

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Kimmi Lewis
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Kit Roupe
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How does your experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

In the legislature, I was on the House Finance Committee and the Business Affairs and Labor Committee. My experience on boards and commissions gave me knowledge of government budgets, transportation, the judiciary, seniors, developmentally disabled, school districts and school funding, and public engagement.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

I’m a Vietnam Veteran with 2 children and 4 grandchildren. I was a civil servant, government contractor and I am small business owner. I support our Constitution. Running in a Swing District, I served 2015-2016 in the state legislature. I stand for protecting victims, promoting vocational education, and strong economy

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Yes and being respectful.

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PP does not need government subsidies. We have plenty of clinics and agencies providing the same services.

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These organizations provide community support some would otherwise seek from government.

Kristina Alley
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How does your experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

I have served full-time in inner-city ministry since 2002, taught private music lessons for 16 years, reopened a private school five years ago which is independently self-funded & am currently the administrator & teacher at Denver Baptist Schools. I will continue to actively serve the community as I listen, learn, and lead.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

My priorities if elected will be protecting life, religious freedom, and traditional family values; reducing the burden of taxation and regulation on individuals and businesses, and supporting our 2nd-amendment constitutional right of individuals to protect their lives and families.

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Kyle Mullica
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Larry LISTON
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How does your experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

I have lived and worked in our House district for over 50 years. I was a successful Investment Executive for the Royal Bank of Canada for 31 years. I bring a excellent business background to the legislature that serves me well for the benefit for the citizens of Colorado Springs. I also have proven experience in Denver.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

I have lived in HD-16 for 50 years; I know the people very well in our District, I listen to them and have represented them with honor and attentiveness for the past two years. As their state representative, I have successfully passed legislation that truly helps the people of my district. The voters know me and trust me.

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My faith is a key component of all I do and think.

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The taxpayers should NOT be funding abortions.

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Churches are an integral part of our support system that helps deliver services to the needy in our society.

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Business owners should be able to choose who they want to serve according to their religious beliefs

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Sanctuary cities should follow State and Federal law, or face losing state and federal aid. They are breaking our laws.

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Lois Landgraf
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I’ve been in office for 6 years. My voting record speaks for it self. I have been called the “most effective legislator” in the House. I plan to continue to listen to my constituents and respond to the needs of the people in our state.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

I am looking forward to my last session in the house. I will continue my work on a variety of issues: Veterans, Human Trafficking, Health Care, law enforcement. I am a fiscal conservative who believes in doing with is right for my district and my constituents.

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I don’t think someone can separate their personal beliefs from their voting. A public sector employee must follow the law.

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Not a penny of my tax dollars should go to this organization

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Only if they stay completely out of politics.

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private business owners should do what they want.

Lori Saine
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How does your experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

I am running for my last term and have kept my promises to defend the Constitution and life.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

I’m the only candidate for House District 63 that is 100 percent pro-life and pro-family.

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Mark Baisley
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Growing up internationally, married to my high school sweetheart for 40 years, raising four successful adult children, owning and operating a business in Colorado, serving my community and writing 200 articles in Townhall defending American founding principles – All that contributes to my preparation to serve conservatively

What would you like the voters to know about you?

My mission as State Representative will be to elevate the aspirations of the citizens by limiting the aspirations of government.

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Candidates should be transparent in this. My Lord is Jesus Christ of the Bible.

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If churches pay taxes, their views should be represented. So, I support the 1st Amendment in this.

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The state should not be in the business of gambling nor marketing.

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I believe that business should be able to legally decline customers for whatever reason, even if they are distasteful.

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No government at any level should be taking illegal, partisan positions against.

Mary Elizabeth Fabian
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How does your experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

My daily experience as a working class mother dealing with healthcare and education while managing a small business prepare me for the duties of this office because I live out the consequences of actions in Denver. This makes me more conscientious as I make decisions that effect Colorado.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

I am a hardworking, mother, wife and business person who will bring real life solutions to problems in Denver.

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I support a person allowing their religious beliefs to guide their principles.

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I support being able to choose how one’s talents are showcased.

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I’ve had direct experience with government inefficiency delays and suppression via commissions, committees and bureaucracy. It is my strong desire to empower people to achieve their dreams with the least gov’t interference. This includes Parental choice, lower taxes and less regulation. I support Energy independence.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

I am a veteran, have a degree in Physics and 30 years engineering experience in Aerospace, commercial and computer engineering and a startup company. In addition I have developed 2 subdivisions and own a 300 acre farm where we grow wine grapes, alfalfa, Hay and Hemp.

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Religion is a valid reason to vote for or against a candidate

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Those who oppose abortion should not be forced to pay for it.

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The power to tax is the power to destroy!

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To force a violation of conscious is tantamount to slavery

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The constitution is clear the fed. gov’t is responsible for immigration

Michael Thuener
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How does your experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

I work with complicated systems everyday and bring the right solutions to my customers by listening to them and understanding the real problem so that I can provide the right solution. I am ready to serve my constituents by listening to their concerns and working together to find the right solution to all of our concerns.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

I am an 8 year Army Veteran which included 2 tours to Iraq. I returned home in 2008 to attend and graduate from the University of Northern Colorado. Being married and raising 3 children, I understand the concerns we face in providing great education for our kids and managing the rising cost of housing and health care.

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Laws, as they currently written, should be enforced until they are changed through the proper process.

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Murl Hendrickson
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I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Colorado. So, I am aware of what the government can do or not do to strengthen or weaken the economy. I also am a regular viewer of the Fox News Channel, so I am aware of the positive effects on the economy that deregulation and tax cuts have achieved.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

I am a third generation Boulderite and am concerned about the direction that my city, county and state are headed. My primary concern is the preservation of the first two Amendments to Constitution. The far left wishes to wipe out freedom of religion, freedom of speech and the freedom to own a gun. I wish to stop this.

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Public funding of abortions must stop.

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Also, preachers should have complete freedom of speech from the pulpit.

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There is no need to try to convince non-wealthy people to buy more lottery tickets.

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This is part of their first amendment rights of freedom of religion and freedom of speech.

Nicki Mills
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How does your experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

I have been an active volunteer of community service for many years. I am a Mom, a Christian, a conservationist and business woman. My compassion for others and life experience provide the judgment & common sense to represent families in my District.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

People in Routt & Eagle counties deserve a voice that understands the needs of our friends and families. I am not a career politician. I love Colorado and the people that live here. I want to make the lives of my friends and neighbors better. My family has a tradition of community service and volunteerism that inspires me.

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The federal government should continue to pay Planned Parenthood for non-abortion services received by people on Medicaid.

Patrick Neville
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How does your experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

Not only do I make the right votes, I am often willing to carry some of the most controversial and difficult bills that protect life and religious liberty. Prior to holding elected office I served as a Captain in the US Army. In the Army I served in several leadership positions and earned the Bronze Star.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

The best title I will ever hold is “Christian”, “husband” and “dad”. I was blessed to marry my high school sweetheart and we have three girls. My faith and my family drive my decision making. Although it is a tremendous honor to serve as the House Republican Leader, my family will always be my first priority.

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Paul J. Haddick
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Perry Buck
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How does your experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

I have served for six years in the legislature and have remained solid in my voting record regarding the principles that I stand for.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

I stand for conservative principles – limited government, less regulation and personal accountability.
I support second amendment rights and am pro-life

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We need to get rid of the Johnson Amendment

Richard Bowman
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How does your experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

For over thirty years I have worked as an accountant. During this time I have analyzed and prepared financial statements. This will assist me in analyzing the state budget and studying where efficiencies can be found. I am currently on the Citizens Advisory Budget Committee for the City of Aurora and for Arapahoe County

What would you like the voters to know about you?

Please take a look at my website. It will give you insight as to my thoughts.

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Richard Allen Bassett
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Robert "Dave" John
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I have been active in Government all of my adult life. I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Colorado State. I worked of the City of Denver for 35 years. I have served on the Boards of several Organizations

What would you like the voters to know about you?

I am the Republican Candidate for HD4. I support; Individual Liberty, Limited Government, The Taxpayer Bill of Rights, Fixing our Roads, Transparency in Government, School Choice, The Free Exercise of Religion (Jack Phillips), The Second Amendment.
I oppose; Funding Planned Parenthood, Sanctuary Cities

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Rochelle Galindo
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How does your experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

I have experience is criminal justice, finance, banking, and government.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

I hold a BS Degree in Criminal Justice and I’m a graduate of the University of Colorado Graduate School of Banking. I started my career as a financial crimes investigator in the Banking Industry. I also successfully ran a small home business for nine (9) years plus I served three terms (12 yrs) as a County Commissioner.

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Religious beliefs influence the values of my constituents.

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Government should not be picking winners or losers in any industries.

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Churches serves a valuable role in our society.

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Colorado lottery serves as a voluntary tax that supports certain causes. However, I am concern about the gambling aspects.

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This issue seems settled with the recent Supreme Court Decision.

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This is a fed gov Issue with local gov . Generally, I don’t support the State getting involved unless it impacts the State.

Rod Pelton
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How does your experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

I’ve been a lifelong farmer, rancher which gives me a real world experience as this occupation has to deal with many different sectors just to do business. I’m currently a county commissioner and that has given me experience in the local government world so I’m ready to go to work as soon as I get to the Capitol.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

I’m a conservative, christian, constitutional, conservative, pro-2nd amendment, pro-life man. I’ve been married to my wife Kathy for 39 years. We have 2 grown daughter’s that are both married and we have 5 grandkids and 1 more on the way. We homeschooled our girls.

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We must rely on our beliefs to make decisions that align with our values.

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I think Medicaid expansion should be rolled back and it used for the very needy that it first was established to help.

Scott Honeycutt
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How does your experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

My lifetime working in agriculture and running my own business has prepared me to serve this district with common sense. Honesty and hard work are very important to me and something that I am prepared to bring to the office.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

Scott is a lifetime Colorado resident that has been involved in agriculture all of his life. This has given him a solid background founded on the belief in God, family and country. It is his belief that we need to get government moving in a forward direction working for the people, not the people working for the government.

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Freedom of religion is very important to all of us.

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Shane Sandridge
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I’m a former inner-city police officer, clinical psychotherapist, licensed financial advisor and business owner.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

I am a Constitutional conservative who believes in small government, minimal regulations, and low taxes. My constituents know how to spend their money, protect their family, choose their own health care and insurance, and how to educate their children far better than the government. I am pro-life and my faith guides me.

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Simone Aiken
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How does your experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

I have worked as a system developer in the aerospace, healthcare, energy, and cyber security industries. This gives me enough background to spot when lobbyists are leaving out important contextual information. It is my hope that I can build consensus by moving debates from the theoretical to the practical.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

I moved to Parker with my family in 2003 after graduating from Colorado School of Mines in 2001. I am an engineer at heart and am more interested in if a solution works than in who thought of it. I am running to Make Politics Boring Again. You don’t have to pay attention to a system when it is working properly.

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It depends on the branch of government. Never in the Judiciary. Sometimes in the Executive. Legislators frequently run on it.

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Any vendor that provides a covered service is entitled to the standard fee. Government does not get to pick your doctor.

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Some people will leech off the system pretending to be churches – but we can’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.

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We can’t balance our budget on regressive sin taxes.

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I support refusal to attend or participate (live music, etc). I oppose refusal to sell standard goods available to others.

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We have no obligation – or budget – to enforce federal statutes. Also, crime increases when people are afraid to report it.

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Stephen Humphrey
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How does your experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

Steve has a six year record of proven conservatism and caring for others. He is a military veteran and former police officer. He is a marriage counselor with a master’s degree in clinical psychology. He knows the very real stresses that families face in our divided culture and over regulated business climate.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

Steve Humphrey is a Christian committed to timeless principles that honor our Creator. He is convinced that we are all created equal and that such “traditional” principles make for a good life and thriving communities. He is committed to upholding our founding documents and conservative principles.

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Steven Szutenbach
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How does your experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

Managed Sen. Tim Neville 2014 campaign, worked on his 2016 U.S. Senate campaign, and managed his 2018 campaign thru Aug. 8. Served as aid to Senator Tim Neville for 5 sessions helping draft bills, coordinating committee testimony, handling constituent issues. Small business owner.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

I am an Air force veteran. Married 39 year to my wife Mary Pat. Two children and 5 grandchildren. Degree in Electrical Engineering. I am an Independent minded Republican Conservative small and business owner that believes the job of a legislator is to protect our God-given and natural rights.

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Susan Beckman
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Teri Nilson Baird
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My legislative background comes from a decade on staff for the US Senate. My USDA experience ranges from rural broadband and telecommunications to representing the llama and alpaca community in the National Animal Identification program. I know the district.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

I am a pastor in the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. I own a small ranch east of Kiowa. I am retired from the USDA.

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Churches which advocate for a particular political party should not be tax exempt.

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Much personal prejudice is called “religious beliefs” when it suits. We should call discrimination what it is..

Terri Carver
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How does your experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

I was in the military for 29 years, and am committed to public service. I believe in the sanctity of human life and liberty of conscience. I opposed physician-assisted suicide. I cosponsored bills against sex selection abortions and for “born alive” infants during abortions. I fought to reform the Civil Rights Commission

What would you like the voters to know about you?

For 4 years, I fought for parents rights in making health and education decisions for their children. I spoke out on the House floor against a bill to eliminate parental consent for certain medical evaluations for children as young as 12. I sponsored bills to protect our privacy by reducing state personal data collection.

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NOTE: CO Lottery receives no taxpayer money from state budget.

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1st Amendment freedom of speech includes prohibitions against government compelled speech.

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So long as leaders do not use their personal beliefs to create laws that violate religious and other freedoms.

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Vicki Pyne
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I have experience as an elected official for a special district as well as experience on a DORA board, and two boards that disperse block grant money. I am conscientious about spending taxpayer dollars. I understand the limited role of government and the importance of community partnerships in creatively solving problems.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

I have lived in Jeffco for 31 years, Arvada for 24. I have been married 34 years, have 5 kids and 6 grandbabies, ages 4 wks. to 2 1/2. We have a family dental practice (30 years). I have a BSSW and currently work at CASA of Jefferson & Gilpin Counties advocating for children. I will protect our constitutional rights.

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All of our life experience influences who we are and how me make decisions.

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Questions

1. Do you support or oppose the religious beliefs of a person being permitted to influence the decisions they make while serving in public office?

2. Do you support or oppose public funding, including Medicaid, for Planned Parenthood?

3. Do you support or oppose churches and other qualified religious organizations continuing to receive tax-exempt status?

4. Do you support or oppose increasing the advertising budget for the Colorado lottery in an effort to increase lottery ticket sales?

5. Do you support or oppose business owners being able to legally decline to use their artistic or creative talents to celebrate events that go against their personal beliefs?

6. Do you support or oppose the state of Colorado withholding funding to “Sanctuary Cities” that do not comply with federal immigration laws?