Can I count on you to join my campaign to defeat QAnon conspiracy theorist Lauren Boebert?
I’m running for Congress because our democracy and our health are at stake. I have a record of winning in and delivering results for rural America, and I’ll put people first, not radical conspiracy theories.
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I’m a fifth-generation Coloradan and farmer, and I’ve been delivering results as a Democratic state representative. Being a true steward of the land is in my blood. Rural Colorado needs a representative who focuses on our lifeblood that is water, and will put people first on issues like rural health care, education, and economic security.
As a legislator, I’ve made the people my priority and worked to improve education and healthcare, including passing a bipartisan bill to improve Colorado’s telehealth operations which has proved critical during the pandemic.
I’ve done a lot of fence-mending in my time on the ranch. But sometimes part of the fence just needs to be replaced. That’s why I’m running for Congress.
Lauren Boebert has proven to be a threat to our democracy and her peddling of dangerous conspiracy theories isn’t doing anything good for us here.
Rural Colorado needs a change and I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and dig in so we have real representation and a stronger, more united Colorado.
We are in the midst of a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic that has triggered an unprecedented economic crisis. We won’t be able to get our economy back on track until we get the pandemic under control. Main Street is hurting and the federal government has not been proactive enough in taking steps to help mitigate the financial and human costs of COVID-19. I support the most recent COVID relief bill signed by President Biden and would be supportive of additional targeted relief in the form of help for small businesses, direct relief to individuals, and more funding for vaccine distribution.
I worked in conservation at the Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, so I know firsthand how important it is to protect our natural resources. For Colorado, this is not just an environmental issue but an economic issue. Tourism generates upwards of $1 billion annually in state and local taxes and supports nearly 200k jobs; agriculture is another leading driver of our economy, but that could change if we are not responsible stewards of the land. We need to protect our public lands from private exploitation, take bold steps to curb emissions and hold corporate polluters accountable, and reinstitute environmental protections for our air and water that the Trump administration rolled back.
As a fifth-generation Coloradan farmer and rancher, I know how important agriculture is to the state of Colorado. Supporting nearly 200,000 jobs and generating an estimated $47 billion of economic activity annually across the state, it is one of the biggest drivers of our economy.
I have been a consistent voice for agriculture in the State Legislature, supporting policies that cut red tape for producers, allowing them to increase productivity and profits, and coming out vocally against policies that put an undue burden on our farming and ranching communities, such as the PAUSE Act.
Climate change is real, and I believe that greener, sustainable sources of energy must be a big part of our future. I propose investing heavily in wind, solar, and other low-emission, renewable energy sources. However, the reality is that in the near term we will still need to use energy derived from fossil fuel sources to meet our growing energy needs until we can fully transition to green energy. Therefore, I would also like to see increased investment in improving carbon-capture technologies to reduce CO2 emissions from existing fossil fuel plants. Additionally, the government should implement programs to help workers transition from the fossil fuel industry to green tech, including job training and priority hiring for displaced workers.
Rural hospitals are the backbones of their communities, providing health care for patients and creating good-paying jobs. But they face unique challenges-- low patient volume, higher drug costs, and over-reliance on government payers, among others. In Congress, I will work to improve the Affordable Care Act by adding a public option that will provide lower-cost drug alternatives to individuals and create greater competition in the marketplace. Similarly, I will push to repeal the ban on Medicare negotiating prescription drug prices, providing leverage that will drive down costs for everyone. Lastly, just as I have done in the Colorado legislature, I will be a champion for telehealth services, which became critical during the COVID-19 crisis, and could lower the cost of patient visits.
As a responsible gun owner myself, I support the Second Amendment. That said, no freedom enumerated in the Bill of Rights is without limit. There is an epidemic of gun violence in our country, and we can’t solve a problem we don’t fully understand. Therefore, I propose allocating more funding to the CDC to study gun violence and its causes so we can implement appropriate policies to curb it. Additionally, I support common-sense laws to keep guns out of the wrong hands, like universal background checks and waiting periods on gun purchases. We have to do everything we can to protect our children and communities, and what I’m proposing can achieve this without impeding on the rights of law-abiding gun owners.
Our children are our future. If we don’t make the necessary investments in education today, our children won’t be able to compete in the competitive global economy of tomorrow. We need to increase funding for public education and ensure that public funds don’t go to private schools; and in order to attract the best talent to educate our children, we need to increase teachers’ salaries and give them the tools they need to succeed.
I’ve had the blessing of being surrounded by strong women my entire life, like my mom and my sister. The fact is, women play an integral role in our communities, businesses, and families; it is unacceptable that they are still not valued as equal members of our society in 2021. In Congress, I will push for equal pay for equal work legislation, mandatory paid maternity leave, and reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. Furthermore, I trust women to make their own healthcare decisions so I unequivocally support a woman’s constitutionally protected right to make their own reproductive health choices.
For far too long, the US has kicked the can down the road when it comes to making meaningful investments in our infrastructure, especially in rural America. Economic vitality requires well-maintained roads and bridges, efficient rail systems, and modern airports. Our growing communities need quality schools, hospitals, and broadband internet access in order to thrive. I support President Biden's proposed infrastructure bill, which will create jobs and improve the quality of life for everyone in Colorado’s Third.
We must work together as a community, as friends, and as neighbors to accomplish big goals — to achieve great new heights. It is time to return to values rooted in decency and honesty. Your contributions and support are greatly appreciated. Thank you for your commitment!
I’m a fifth generation Coloradan, farmer/rancher & Democratic State Representative. Can I count on you to join my campaign to defeat QAnon conspiracy theorist Lauren Boebert?