The Issues

Climate Change

Climate change is threatening our very way of life in Senate District 8. Stress on water resources like the Colorado River is already out of hand with demands from Front Range and out of state use . Climate change has created an existential threat to our local economies, ecosystems and wildlife. The state can do more by accelerating the shift to renewable energy, incentivizing the infrastructure needed to get more alternative fuel vehicles on the road, lowering emissions and cracking down on polluters.

 

Health Care

The health insurance market in SD-8’s counties is broken. Costs increase while it is harder and harder to access care as providers close their doors. I am proud to have the endorsement of State Rep. Dylan Roberts, whose work on rural health care issues is being used as a model around the country. I look forward to working with him to pass and implement a state public option to help bring down costs for SD-8 families.

 

Public Health

The spread of COVID-19 has been made worse by reckless politicians who have downplayed the threat to rural Coloradans. When they should have been fighting for more ventilators and PPEs, their “nothing to see here” message has been a disaster. I have worked with local communities who took this crisis seriously and know firsthand what we need to do to better protect public health.

 

Helping Working Families

In the face of mass unemployment, we need elected officials who take COVID-19 seriously and look past political ideology to help families who are struggling. As your state senator, I will work to pass paid family leave, fight for equal pay for equal work, and crack down on wage theft.

 

Protecting Public Lands

The Trump administration has been a disaster for public lands throughout the West. I will stand up to Trump and fight to protect the public lands that are vital to our Colorado way of life. My fight against a strip mine on BLM bordering Glenwood Springs highlights how bad this administration has been and how building coalitions to protect our Public Lands and communities is critical.

 

Reproductive Freedom

I believe politicians have no business coming between a woman and her doctor. Period. I will fight to protect reproductive freedom and access to care.