We are all so proud of Colorado and what our state has become. While we have built one of the strongest economies and can compete nationally, we have not served all 64 counties in Colorado well, and I will extend our reach to "ALL" in our state. I am running for governor to broaden innovation, invest in small business, extending our success and progress for all Colorado. I will be forward-looking for all. I will ensure we will broaden our investments in education while balancing much needed priorities such as transportation, and affordable housing while at the same time, continue to grow our economy. My job will be to keep Colorado the great place we have all come to know and love. A vote for me is a vote for “All” Colorado.
Putting civil rights for education first for all students is important. Historically, public education has been the great equalizer for students of all backgrounds, promising the prospect of equal opportunity. Colorado continues to increase spending in education, yet only one third of 8th grade students demonstrate proficiency in math and reading. I have seen, if children are not taught adequately to read, write, add and subtract, they start the race of life hundreds of yards behind, and are unlikely to get ahead. I support charter schools, vouchers and other innovations benefiting the educational needs of students. As former director of the ACE scholarships program, I recognize that for socio-economically challenged families, school choice works. Making pay for performance, and the teaching of skills for “real life” jobs, for those who may choose a career in the trades, rather than attending college will be my top priority.
As Governor, I will work with focus groups and the legislature to resolve the "gun violence" issue, while protecting the second amendment and the fourth amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The Colorado “Red Flag” gun bill known as House Bill 18-1436 would have jeopardized a person’s right to due process. It would have the power, by Colorado law, to grant an “Extreme Risk Protection Order” (ERPO), allowing a family, household member or law enforcement officer to petition the court for a temporary ERPO without probable cause and/or adequate evaluation of a person's “mental capacity and/or illness.” Similar to a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO), upon issuance of an ERPO, a person would be required to surrender their rights under the second amendment of the U.S. Constitution and would be prohibited from possessing, controlling, purchasing, or receiving a firearm for 182 days or beyond.
Economic growth is essential to the success of a community and state. While serving as Mayor of Parker Colorado, I worked with economic development planners and leaders to boost the economy of the fastest growing town in Colorado. Sustaining Economic Vitality and working with the Small Business Association (SBA) are high priorities to stimulate economic growth in the state of Colorado. Colorado small businesses are the heart and soul of every community and they account for 98% of the engine that drives Colorado. In fact, 572,000 small businesses create the most jobs, employing 1 million Coloradoans. As the former director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Colorado office, I was a strong advocate for small business and during my administration of the Colorado District office I was able to garner $2.6 billion in loans to small business, and $4.6 billion in federal contracts to small businesses, which equates to approximately 45,000 jobs created.
I am a strong advocate for maintaining and improving the roads of our great state, as this is vitally important to our economy. Most items purchased in Colorado are delivered by truck, which requires our bridges and roads to be consistently maintained and kept safe. Our tourist industry also demands improved infrastructure for healthy commerce and return visitors. GI pledge never to ignore or play politics with transportation. Instead, my commitmetnt is to review and advocate for the non-negotiable elements of Colorado’s transportation health.
AGreg Lopez will work closely with our state’s top health officials, our Congressional Delegation, and others to find quality healthcare solutions for all of Colorado. The healthcare debate is ongoing at the national level, but as Governor, his priority is to advocate for citizens wherever this debate leads. Greg believes healthcare must be affordable, available and accessible, regardless one’s zip code. Nearly half of Coloradoans live outside of the Denver-metro area, in less populated counties and Greg is adamant that rural communities must have quality medical facilities to care for our farmers, ranchers and others.
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