Colorado Senate District 19 candidates rev up for 2016 election

Sen. Laura Woods and opponent Rachel Zenzinger face off again

Posted 12/1/15

A little truth is what Senator Laura Woods (R-19) and her Democratic opponent, Rachel Zenzinger, said they’d like to see this election season.

What that truth is, however, varies.

“I want to shed light on the differences in my voting …

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Colorado Senate District 19 candidates rev up for 2016 election

Sen. Laura Woods and opponent Rachel Zenzinger face off again

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A little truth is what Senator Laura Woods (R-19) and her Democratic opponent, Rachel Zenzinger, said they’d like to see this election season.

What that truth is, however, varies.

“I want to shed light on the differences in my voting record and her voting record,” Zenzinger said. “My overarching goal is to really listen to the citizens and work to find good compromises that will really work well for the district.”

“The goal of my campaign is to get the true message out about who I am and what I stand for — a lot is being said that is untrue,” Woods said. “The goal will be to reach the voters, to knock on their doors and introduce myself, and to give them another version of the story they’ve heard in the media.”

The duo is heading back to the campaign trail leading up to their 2016 matchup for the Senate District 19 seat, currently held by Woods. The district represents Arvada and Westminster.

In 2014, the pair ran a tight campaign through election season, with Woods winning the seat by 1.05 percent or 663 votes.

Over the past year, Zenzinger, who briefly held the seat in 2014, said she saw decisions being made with extreme politics in mind, something she wishes to eradicate. Policies on veterans, women equality and tuition were opposed by Woods in favor of federal policies and politics, said Zenzinger, who plans to focus on middle-class families, small businesses and children.

“I was really disappointed by the incumbent’s record — she did not represent the city of Arvada very well,” Zenzinger said. “I feel like our district deserves somebody who’s going to work for them and put the extreme politics aside.”

Woods said she’s running not only to shed light on her reputation, but also to get more work done at the state level and hear the opinions of citizens.

“We have just begun to make the positive changes in Colorado that our citizens demanded from us,” she said. “There is still much work to be done to put education back in the hands of parents, back in the hands of teachers; to lessen the regulatory burdens on Colorado businesses, as well as relieve the tax burdens they face; and to educate the public about Proposition 20 (self-pay health care bill).”

Over the next year, the two will be knocking on doors, hosting town halls and meetings, and seeking citizen input on issues important to them.

“We have a do-nothing Congress and I don’t want a do-nothing state legislature,” Zenzinger said. “We need to find solutions that work.”

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