Send me to Congress and I’ll fight for the Western Slope and Southern Colorado—for you, not for big insurance companies, big pharmaceutical companies or Washington insiders. I’ll protect our public lands, fix our broken healthcare system, defend Social Security and Medicare, protect women’s health and rights, and invest in job training and infrastructure.
I’ve traveled to every corner of this district and am inspired by people’s work ethic, determination, and dedication to our children’s future. Like you, I’m tired of do-nothing Washington politicians. If you send me to Washington, I’ll work to fix the broken system and stop the flow of special interest money in our elections, so our government works for us again.
When I was 3 my parents got divorced and my mother became the only breadwinner for our family. We scrimped and saved and I watched how hard my mother worked to overcome sexism in the workplace and to make ends meet. Only after my mother joined the public employees union – AFSCME- did we have health care, and economic and retirement security. I saw that when many people come together to advocate for these basic rights, how effective it was in creating change and giving people a voice in their workplace and democracy.
My mother taught me to think about others and to help our community, even while working hard to raise a family. After working all week, she volunteered for those less fortunate, showing me the importance of using our voices to speak out. Her inspiration lead me to citizen activism, a lifetime of volunteering, and using my expertise as a social scientist to fight for policies that:
- Build an America that provides opportunity for all
- Safeguard our environment for generations to come
- Guarantee civil rights and human rights to everyone
Routt County, Colorado has been my home since 1976, when I came here for the beauty and awe of the mountains. I stayed because I love our rural communities, where people work hard, play by the rules, and care about each other.
I was a professor and researcher for 28 years before entering public service, first as Routt County Commissioner who helped balance the county budget for 6 years, including during the Great Recession. Then I was elected a State Representative for three terms where I worked across the aisle to extend the post recession Front Range recovery and prosperity to rural areas. I fought for family agriculture, multimodal transportation, sustainable water infrastructure, renewable energy, small rural communities, public health, women’s rights, equality of opportunity, and the natural resources that sustain us all.
Serving as the Chair of the House Transportation and Energy Committee and Vice Chair of the House Agriculture Committee, I routinely worked across the aisle and with legislators from other rural areas to extend the Front Range recovery and prosperity to rural areas in our state.
With my colleagues from both sides of the aisle, I sponsored or co-sponsored bills to:
- contain costs for health care and health care insurance,
- protect water quality and quantity,
- celebrate and protect our public lands,
- increase funding for local school districts and junior colleges
- match job training and workers skills with good paying jobs
- ensure that veterans received the benefits they deserved
- foster retirement security
- make equal pay for equal work a reality
- help local communities solve the opioid crisis,
- tackle climate change,
- help young ranchers and farmers overcome some of the obstacles to entering and prospering in agriculture.
I’m running for Congress because we need an accountable, transparent representative we can trust who:
- Listens to us and works for all of us, not just big donors or Washington insiders,
- Does her homework and actually knows what is in a bill and how it will affect us before voting on it,
- Has and WILL stand up to lobbyists including big drug companies insurance, Wall Street, and the gun lobby, and who has the record to prove it.
Since the day in 2007 when I was first sworn in as a County Commissioner, I have kept this quotation from the Colorado Constitution posted in my office:
“All political power is vested in the people; all government, of right, originates from the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the whole.” -Colorado Constitution, Article II, Bill of Rights, Section 1
For me, this means listening to all my constituents, taking time to fully understand the issues, and using evidence, not ideology, to make decisions and set policy.
“The good of the whole” will continue to inspire me to fight every day for all the people of Colorado’s Third District and I would be honored to earn your vote.