First elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2006, Rep. Spencer Swalm is not new to Colorado politics, but he is new to about 60 to 70 percent of his recently redrawn district.
The 61-year-old incumbent Republican is a Colorado native and holds a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a law degree from the University of Denver.
Swalm serves on the House Committee on Economic and Business Development, which promotes economic growth, and the House Committee on Finance, which considers issues related to the state's revenue and tax structure and also has legislative oversight for the Public Employees' Retirement Association.
Swalm is owns Redstone Benefits Systems Inc. and is a producer for Wright Group Services Inc.
He resides with his wife Marleen, a registered nurse at St. Joseph Hospital. They have three children, all Cherry Creek Schools graduates.
Colorado Community Media asked the following questions of candidates in the HD37 race. Below are Rep. Swalm's answers.
What makes you the best candidate for this office?
The biggest challenge facing HD 37 is jobs and growing the economy. As a small business owner, I understand the challenges they face and am best suited to help.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing the district and what would you do to meet that challenge?
What should be done to improve Colorado's K-12 educational system?
While I don't see parental choice or vouchers as a panacea, I do support giving parents more opportunities to choose the schools and teachers that they feel are best for their children. That said, Colorado K-12 education is a great value: we have better outcomes than most other states and our per-pupil spending is about average.