Profession: Small Businessman, Legislator
Residence: Ken Caryl
What makes you the best choice for this office?
As the current Representative, I have a proven track record of working across the aisle on important issues and serving as an independent voice for the district putting people before politics.
If elected, what would your top issue be?
The impact of COVID-19 on our economy and education system has created unprecedented challenges for our community. I will focus my second term on ensuring businesses and families are able to recover from the impacts of COVID-19.
If elected, what would you want to accomplish in order for you to consider the term a success?
In my first term, I was able to pass more than a dozen bipartisan bills dealing with increasing access to career and technical education, lowering prescription drug costs, addressing teen vape and nicotine use, helping restaurants recover from COVID-19 and more. I hope to continue to work to find commonsense solutions to issues facing our community and state.
Your view on TABOR reform efforts?
After serving in the legislature for the past term, it is very clear that there is a fundamental lack of understanding over budgeting and economics. Efforts to undermine the protections offered to ordinary citizens seem to be largely driven by an unwillingness by some in the legislature to prioritize spending. Instead, serious reforms to the budgeting process such as zero-based-budgeting and accountability in state spending should be implemented.
The Red Flag law went into effect this year. Has it been a good law, and would you change anything?
The red flag law, which was passed in 2019 on a party line vote, lacks due process protections and legally similar laws across the country have been opposed by organizations such as the ACLU. Furthermore, there is no evidence the law has been successful in stopping any incidents and it has been abused in several high profile cases across the state. I take the issues of violence and suicide seriously, which is why I have been an active proponent of legislation to expand access to and de-stigmatize mental health care in this state and I will continue to do so in my next term.