Letter: Support for Bird

Posted 10/11/22

To move Colorado forward, we need to move past partisan politics and demand results over politics. Elected officials like Colorado State House Representative Shannon Bird are an example of using common sense to work towards solutions on the issues impacting us all.

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Letter: Support for Bird

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To move Colorado forward, we need to move past partisan politics and demand results over politics. Elected officials like Colorado State House Representative Shannon Bird are an example of using common sense to work towards solutions on the issues impacting us all.

One issue for the State of Colorado has been to fully fund PERA. Rep. Shannon Bird was the prime sponsor to pay down the state’s unfunded public pension liability by $380 million, helping to keep the public pension fund (PERA) on the road to being fully funded.

Rep. Bird was also the prime sponsor of legislation to secure and maintain full funding of the pension for firefighters and police officers. Rep. Bird also did important work in the area of public safety to prevent crime and give law enforcement the resources and support to effectively do their job. She sponsored legislation to crack down on catalytic converter thefts, cosponsored legislation to get fentanyl off our streets, increased funding for crime prevention and the funds to support crime victims earning her the endorsements of both the Colorado Fraternal Order of Police and Colorado Professional Firefighters.

As a small business owner in Jefferson County, I’m also impressed that Shannon Bird has the endorsement of the Colorado Chamber of Commerce and earned the praise of Loren Furman, President and CEO of the Colorado Chamber, for a “common-sense approach to expanding the use of alternative transportation without creating onerous new mandates.” Equally as important is Rep. Bird’s work on affordable housing and being awarded the 2022 Legislator of the Year award from the Colorado Association of Realtors.

As a mother of school age children, I’m happy to see that Rep. Bird put in place legislation to look at the mandated statewide testing that we do on kids in our public schools. Rep. Bird’s bill, signed by Governor Polis into law, will be the first ever state-wide audit of this testing to see if these tests are helping to improve public education. I am glad this bill had the bi-partisan support needed to be put into effect. I am not surprised to see that Rep. Bird has received the Colorado Education Association Champion of Education Award two years in a row.

Look for Rep. Shannon Bird on your ballot if you live in House District 29 and be sure to vote before 7 p.m. Nov. 8.

Katie Winner, Arvada

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