Mark Scheffel, the Republican candidate for state Senate District 4, lives in Parker and has lived in the district for 39 years. He has been married for 19 years and is the father of three daughters and one son.
Scheffel graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in finance and has a Juris Doctor degree from The John Marshall Law School and a master of laws degree in taxation from New York University School of Law.
He is a principal/owner of Reid and Scheffel P.C., a Parker law firm emphasizing business and taxation issues.
Scheffel's previous public experience includes membership on the citizen advisory board for The Wildlife Experience; he is an active member of the Parker Rotary; an active board member of Skycliff Stroke Center of Castle Rock; and the former chairman of the Douglas County Republican Party.
Colorado Community Media asked the following questions of the candidates in the race for Colorado Senate, District 4. Below are Scheffel's answers.
What makes you the best candidate for this office?
One of the greatest privileges I have experienced was to be asked to run for the state Senate four years ago and to successfully be elected to serve the citizens of Senate District 4 at the State Capitol where I currently serve as the Senate Assistant Minority Leader.
I believe I am the best candidate for this office because my conservative, pro-family, pro-life, pro-gun, pro-business values represent the district and I have worked faithfully to sponsor and support legislation that advances liberty and freedom while limiting the size of government, lowering taxes and reducing burdensome regulations.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing your constituents and what would you do to meet that challenge?
Our economy continues to struggle. Every day I hear from constituents who are working to raise their families and make ends meet. Many people are looking for work while others struggle with chronic underemployment, or the devastating news of losing their job.
Over the last four years I worked with business leaders and citizens on legislation that allows business to flourish and rekindles the entrepreneurial spirit that built this community, state, and nation. I am dedicated to limiting government and strengthening our economy with a free market economic agenda and will continue to advocate for businesses, so they may thrive.
What should be done to improve Colorado's K-12 educational system?
Our children and their education are critically important as they are our future. Colorado's K-12 educational system will continue to improve as long as it promotes school choice, parental involvement, and accountability. Douglas County schools are at the forefront of the education reform movement, which I enthusiastically support. I support expanding educational options and empowering parents to make education choices for their children. I support raising student achievement, teacher accountability, and empowering local school boards instead of federal and state bureaucrats.