Dear Greeley, Evans and Garden City,
In July 2011, I was selected to fill a vacancy as House District 50 State Representative. In November 2012, I was honored to win election so that I can continue to serve you as the HD 50 Representative.
As a Colorado native, I can tell you Coloradans are tired of partisan gridlock, and most of us know neither party has a monopoly on good ideas. I am proud of my record of working across the aisle to reach a consensus, and always putting the state of Colorado ahead of party or ideology.
Teaching Junior High for 23 years in Greeley is only part of my life-long career in education. As just about anyone can tell you, teaching 13-year-olds and 14-year-olds, requires a person to develop patience and commonsense, and those are values I bring to the job of getting Colorado back on the right track.
Although originally I was a math teacher, with additional training, I took on additional roles teaching technology and websites, and was fortunate to see some of my students use the skills I taught to start businesses of their own. Some of them were making more money on the side while still in high school than I made as a full time teacher! I also saw that additional training open new avenues in my own career, so I have experienced first-hand how much opportunity there can be if we are investing well in education.
Please read my five-point plan to get Colorado’s economy moving again.
I’m asking for your support, and your vote, so that we can build a stronger Colorado together.
I like to say that a lot of my best ideas aren’t my ideas at all. For example, I passed a bill to ensure active military and Veterans don’t have to pay $15 extra, just to get their service branch identifier printed on their driver’s licenses or state IDs. I think that’s just plain fairness—there’s no reason our veterans should pay more than the rest of us—but I owe the idea to a Greeley veteran who called me up. If you have an idea, or even just a question or concern, please don’t hesitate—I want to hear from you!