I’m running for the U.S. House – the People’s House – because we need to take back our democracy.
Now, more than ever, we need a seasoned, tested, trusted leader who listens to us – not big money or Washington insiders.
As a rural County Commissioner and state legislator, I led calmly through disasters: the Great Recession, catastrophic wildfires, floods, drought, and the swine flu epidemic.
Big money from outside our district, unaccountable corporate polluters, and Washington insiders have rigged the rules against us.
I know how this rigged system works and I know how to fix it – I will be your strong voice to change this system to build a brighter future for all of us.
When I was 3 my mother became the only breadwinner for our family. We lived with constant financial uncertainty and she took out payday loans so we could make the rent. Then she joined AFSCME, the public employees union. From then on she was treated with dignity and respect in the workplace, and we had more financial security. We were never affluent, but we had enough to get by. My mother taught me to always work to help others and her inspiration led 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
Learn about what I’ve done as a County Commissioner and as a Colorado State Representative!
I first entered public service as a Routt County Commissioner. I 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.
Learn where I stand on the issues!
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.