Profession: Small Business Owner
Campaign Website: http://christineforcolorado.org/
What makes you the best choice for this office?
I grew up in Wheat Ridge and I now live in Arvada with my family. I’ve spent over 25 years working as a successful small business operator and formerly served the chair of the Arvada Chamber of Commerce. I know what it means to sign the front of a paycheck, as well as the back. As a job creator, I will bring business sense to the Colorado government.
What can the Legislature do to ease the strain of rising housing prices on Colorado residents?
Homeownership has become out of reach for far too many in our community. I want my children and yours to be able to afford to live in Colorado and achieve the dream of owning a home. Unfortunately, current construction defect laws have severely limited the development of attainable housing in Colorado. Additional construction litigation reform is necessary so that more entry-level housing can become available for our Jeffco residents.
What can be done to ensure the state’s transportation system will be able to accommodate continued population growth?
Our infrastructure does not meet our current needs, let alone the future needs of a growing population. Traffic congestion has an adverse impact on commerce and decreases the quality of life for our residents. This issue has been neglected for far too long and the legislature must prioritize adequate transportation funding in the budget moving forward. I believe we can fund critical transportation projects using existing state revenue without raising taxes on our hard-working families.
What two issues demand more attention in the upcoming Legislative session than they received in the previous one, and why?
Education and Transportation. The foundation to a strong economy and community is a great education system and our children deserve access to the best possible education. More needs to be done to increase K-12 funding and to address teacher-shortage issues. The legislature must work with our school districts to ensure that funding is going directly into the classrooms and the paychecks of our teachers.
If elected, what must you accomplish in order for you to consider your term a success?
If we can find a way to put partisan politics aside and work together, we can achieve meaningful results. My children and yours are depending on us to act with their interest at heart and that is exactly what I intend to do. If, at the end of my term, I can say that I represented my constituents and their families to the best of my ability, I will consider the term a success.
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