Primary election 2018

Q&A with Walker Stapleton, Republican candidate for governor


City or town of residence: Greenwood Village

Profession: Chief executive officer of a publicly traded real-estate company on the NASDAQ

Related elected-office or public-service experience: State treasurer (last seven years)

Why are you seeking this office?

I am running for three main reasons: my children, Craig, Coco and Olivia. I want them, and all of our children, to have the same kind of opportunities to succeed. We need a leader who will defend Colorado as a place of abundant economic opportunity and growth for our children.

What makes you the most qualified person for the position?

I am uniquely qualified because I have significant experience in both the public and private sectors. I was the CEO of a publicly traded company, so I understand the challenges business leaders face making payroll and balancing budgets. I am the longest-serving statewide official running for governor, which makes me uniquely positioned to lead our state. I know what it takes to enact change in government and work with different departments and private enterprise to get things done.

What would your top two priorities be if elected?

There are many, so its hard to narrow it to two, but two of my many priorities would include transportation and affordable housing. Colorado's economy is booming, but this growth has not come without consequences. It has been a strain on our infrastructure and affordable-housing supply. Roads and bridges must be a priority. We have the money to address our infrastructure needs without raising taxes, but we need to demand more accountability and reduce administrative costs across state government. For affordable housing, exploiting construction-defect laws has become a cottage industry for lawyers, restricting new construction. We need to reign in these laws and make it easier for developers to build new affordable housing.

What else should the voters know about you?

This is a watershed election for Colorado. Voters will have a choice between a market-driven state of opportunity or massive increases in taxes and spending. I think the choice is clear, and I hope voters will support me in creating a brighter future for the next generation of Coloradans.


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