"While there is a lower class, I am in it.
While there is a criminal element, I am of it.
While there is a soul in prison, I am not free."
-Eugene V. Debs-
As a lifelong Democrat, my stances on the fundamental issues we face shouldn’t surprise you. I know the Democratic Party of Denver Platform, and worked with many of you to help craft it over the years. I believe in upholding our Party Platform, but if there are planks I disagree with,I'm happy to let you know.
Here are a few highlights of issues that are especially important to me. I would welcome your input, and I’d love to talk to you about the issues most important to you.
Campaign Finance Reform/Good Governance
We need serious campaign finance reform to even the playing field and protect our democracy. I’m appalled at the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission to allow corporations to make unlimited political contributions in the name of individual freedom of speech. "Artificial persons" (corporations) are not persons, and money is not speech.
I am inspired by candidates bold enough to reject PAC money, and I am proud to count myself among them.
Energy and Environment
Protecting our environment has been a lifelong mission for me, and it would be a top priority for me in office. I believe Governor Bill Ritter’s greatest legacy will be his work in making Colorado the center of a new energy economy.
I support sustainable energy production and businesses that are helping create the new energy economy. We should offer incentives for individuals and companies who want to switch to renewable energy.
I am a former teacher from a family of educators.
Poverty and Homelessness
I worked hard to ensure the defeat of Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101, and I’m encouraged by Coloradans’ ability to understand that we have to pay for the services we depend on. I will continue to communicate our need to fulfill our fiscal responsibilities for funding government services at an adequate but restrained level. We have hard choices ahead of us, and I am prepared to make the tough decisions required with full consideration of input from my constituents.
Health Care is a right, and I am committed to continued reform of health care on the state and national level. I have fought for single payer health care in the past, and I will fight for it in the House.
A healthy transportation infrastructure, including high-capacity public transportation, brings more business investment and economic growth to the state and can help alleviate stress and congestion on our roads and scale back on the impact we make on our environment.
We’ve seen too much evidence of incarceration as a default response to mental illness and drug addiction. Channeling our resources toward treatment rather than incarceration in these kinds of cases should give us better results.
Military and Veterans