Welcome to my page, and thank you HD-16 for electing me to represent our community in the Colorado House!
I know the struggle that too many working families are going through, and in fighting my own battles, I've seen how our government often works against the people it should most protect: especially children, people with disabilities, and over-extended essential workers and renters.
All people are born with inherent worth and dignity, and there is no such thing as an undeserving child. We're all in this together, and as your representative, I'll fight for a solid foundation in life for every Coloradan.
HD16 is located in central Colorado Springs and contains historic and diverse neighborhoods like Knob Hill, the Old North End, Patty Jewett, and Cragmor.
The district is home to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and cherished natural spaces like Palmer Park and Pulpit Rock Open Space.
Our city and our state are going through a time of incredible change and rapid growth, all while facing challenges brought on by climate change, increased public health and safety threats, and even attacks on crucial institutions like public education and the democratic process itself.
And this is all on top of never ending financial difficulty, even for the hardest working people and their families.
I can say from experience that these are the exact moments we don't want to waste on business as usual. Structural and systemic problems have been exposed, and we’ll set ourselves up for lasting prosperity by investing in our shared future.
Self-determination is a basic human right, and I’m proud to say, also a core Colorado value. It’s why we don’t police people’s bodies and bedrooms in our great state, but it’s also why we should strive to make it easier to access essentials like housing and healthcare and transportation, to start a small business, form a union, go to school, experience nature, and have a real-world opportunity to thrive. This great aspiration isn’t achieved by accident. We have to nurture it intentionally.
We are right to be proud of our tradition as a frontier, bellwether state. We should take advantage of this pivotal moment in our history to grow out of adversity, and build a solid foundation in life for every Coloradan.