Our future depends on investing in the education of our youth. My children benefitted from a quality public education, and every child should have the same opportunity. We should value teachers and provide them with the tools and resources necessary to do their jobs effectively without the burden of excessive testing.
We should also work to make higher education attainable without our young people having to incur excessive debt. A debt free future ensures our youth will have freedom and opportunity to pursue a meaningful future in the career of their choice and contribute to society on all levels.
A just and compassionate society should ensure that every person, regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation has the same opportunity to pursue happiness.
All people should be fairly compensated according to the job they perform. And women are a vital voice in our community, in our boardrooms and in our government.
I love Colorado for many reasons, including the beauty that surrounds us, outdoor recreation and world-class cultural attractions. We all want to take advantage of the opportunity offered here, but when the cost of living outpaces real wage growth, even tickets to a Rockies game for the family can be unattainable.
I will support smart growth policies that encourage innovation and opportunity for all Coloradans. A thriving economy means that we can put our kids through college without debt and help take care of our aging parents without sacrificing our quality of life.
Our economy needs to work for all of us -- not just wealthy people and corporations.
My mom has had multiple health issues in the last few years, and as her only child in state, I’ve had to deal with doctors and landlords. Thankfully, she has Medicare and a decent supplemental insurance, but finding decent housing on a fixed income isn’t easy. There are better ways to respect and provide for our elderly, and we need to find them.
Colorado’s natural beauty is why people move here, and why I won’t move away! I believe in treating the land with reverence and respect it deserves. This means embracing smart growth – balancing the tension between development and protection of our open spaces – and creating sustainable energy sources that will lead us into the future.
It also means championing initiatives that will protect our planet and mitigate climate change. http://bit.ly/2y68f2T
And protecting the environment includes mitigating threats like fire, animal waste, litter and pollutants.
I'm grateful for our military to whom we owe our freedom. And by military, I mean the people -- the veterans, active duty service men and women and their families -- who have sacrificed for the benefit of our society. My grandfather was a veteran of World War II and one of the most important people in my life. My beloved father-in-law retired after 27 years in the military, and I know the challenges in being a military family. No individual serving his or her country should ever have to want for anything – healthcare (including counseling) education or decent housing. They fought for us, now it's our responsibility to fight for them.