Why I’m Running

I believe in public service and I want to use my life experience to help Coloradans live the best life they can.  It’s discouraging to me how many people have lost faith in government and their elected officials.

As Abraham Lincoln said, we have a “government of the people, by the people, and for the people”.  We get the government we elect and if something is “wrong” with our government, it is because we have elected the wrong people.

It’s important that we remember the purpose of government as specified in both the Colorado and U.S. Constitutions: 

  • To form a more perfect union
  • To establish justice
  • To insure domestic tranquility
  • To provide for the common defense
  • To promote the general welfare
  • To secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity

I believe in good government and I will be guided by these goals as your representative.

Some things that I believe…

The Colorado and U.S. Preambles are important parts of the Constitutions.
  • Many people carry around copies of the U.S. Constitution… I do too. Mostly it is the Bill of Rights, which identify individual rights of citizens, that people refer to. I think it’s important to remember that the Preamble and the various Articles explain the guiding principles and the structure of our government. Our founding fathers gave us a great gift when they designed our form of government and we must take full benefit of it.
We get the government we elect.
  • If we want good government we must elect people who believe in it. Electing people who think the government is “the problem” only leads to a self-fulfilling prophesy.
Taxes are our investment in our country and state.
  • Just as with any investment we make, we want a good return on our investment (ROI).Tax rates should be set to match the cost of services we want our government to provide. We shouldn’t be cutting taxes and then complaining that basic services aren’t being provided.
With rights come responsibilities.
  • The individual liberties that are protected by our constitution must be exercised responsibly in accordance with the common good.