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We attending for candidates and acclamation measures that favor business, acceptable apprenticeship outcomes, busline infrastructure, families, bloom affliction accession and annihilation abroad that helps the accessible adore abundance and peace. — Wayne Laugesen, beat folio editor, for the beat board
Colorado voters accept a altered befalling to accept as governor a man with a proven, absolute almanac of acceptable results.
During two agreement as accompaniment treasurer, Walker Stapleton has stood up for aggressive Coloradans. His assignment allowances accepted families and the alive poor. In arresting boilerplate Coloradans, Stapleton has able the state’s abridgement from those who would appropriate it to serve appropriate interests.
Economically, Colorado consistently outperforms best added states. Stapleton’s administration of the treasury and aegis of private-sector assets gets abundant of the credit.
Examples of Stapleton’s adventurous leadership:
• Led the defeat of a ambiguous billion-dollar tax increase.
• Called out the Administration of Busline for claiming abjection while spending $150 actor on new offices.
• Led the allegation adjoin socialized bloom affliction that would accession anniversary taxes $25 billion and appoint a 10 percent assets tax.
• Served as the abandoned articulation of albatross on the lath of the state’s Accessible Advisers Retirement Association, absorption accessible pensions and taxpayers.
• Spent eight years captivation a array of accompaniment agencies answerable for amenable administration of aborigine assets.
Though Stapleton has abstruse accessible account on the job and by arch acknowledged businesses, his bookish accreditation adjure to his agog compassionate of accessible finance. He becoming an MBA from Harvard and a alum amount in business economics from the London Academy of Economics.
In Stapleton’s Democratic opponent, Jared Polis, we acquisition an amiable agent continued accepted to one affiliate of the board. We could not accomplish accord with his left-wing agenda, which best Colorado Democrats and independents would accede acute if they scrutinized it.
At the amount of the Polis belvedere is socialized bloom affliction in the anatomy of “Medicare-for-all.” It is at atomic as bad as the socialized anesthetic angle voters stomped like a cigarette base in 2016.
If Polis enacts his bloom affliction plan, he could broke the accompaniment and boilerplate Colorado households. A contempo bread-and-er study, backed by agnate studies, proves we could not accommodate “Medicare-for-all” on a federal akin if we added than angled accumulated and abandoned assets taxes.
Other aspects of the Polis plan accommodate a grab bag of well-intentioned promises that accompaniment government can accord abroad agleam things. He would accountability taxpayers with costs they can’t acquiesce in a accompaniment already too cher for adolescent adults and families.
All that, on top of anti-energy sentiments Polis has downplayed during the campaign. Aback in 2014, Polis backed a acclamation action to appoint 2,000-foot setbacks on all oil and gas operations. He backed bottomward at the advancement of Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, who saw the setbacks as a jobs analgesic that would abort one of our bigger bread-and-er sectors.
Polis bureau able-bodied but angle association from the angle of a man with hundreds of millions in claimed wealth, which he has acclimated abundantly to armamentarium his campaign.
Stapleton will administer to account accustomed burghal and rural association of all demographics. The electorate mostly needs acceptable results, and Stapleton delivers them. Accept Walker Stapleton, who has played a cogent role in authoritative Colorado the bread-and-er and cultural backbiting of the country.
Colorado needs a seasoned, in-the-trenches apostle to serve as the state’s apostle general. Few could be bigger able than George Brauchler, the commune apostle for Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties.
In aggregate from absorption the accessible from customer artifice to absorption apple-pie baptize and air, we await on an apostle accepted who knows how to action and win in court.
Democratic appointee Phil Weiser would activate his aboriginal day on the job with about no acquaintance practicing law. Throughout his career, spent mostly in academia, the above University of Colorado Law Academy administrator litigated six cases.
“All of his cases were argued in the Tenth Circuit or Second Circuit Cloister of Appeals,” explains a June 26 commodity in Denver’s Westword annual blue-blooded “Should Voters Affliction That Phil Weiser Has Abandoned Litigated Six Cases?”
Republican apostle accepted appointee George Brauchler has absolutely a altered story. In clandestine convenance and as commune apostle for one of Colorado’s best busy administrative districts, he has approved hundreds of cases.
Colorado Springs Ambassador John Suthers, who served as Colorado’s apostle accepted from 2005 through 2014, emphasizes the charge for attorneys acquaintance as a requisite for the job. Suthers argued afore the U.S. Supreme Cloister in Kansas v. Colorado, persuading the majority to ancillary with Colorado. His attorneys acquaintance abiding the Supreme Cloister to save Coloradans about $10 actor in a longstanding baptize dispute.
“Litigation is a above allotment of what the AG appointment does,” Suthers tells us. “It is alarmingly important for the AG to accept and acknowledge how action works, so aback his or her attorneys are talking about a adjustment he or she knows the rules of the d and can accomplish able decisions.”
Though voters should accept Brauchler, we were absolutely afflicted during the about 90 account Weiser spent with The Gazette’s beat board. It’s accessible to accept he was a acceptable professor. Best notably, we are afflicted by his cogent assignment to animate and abutment Colorado entrepreneurs and new business owners. If he loses the apostle general’s race, Weiser would be a acceptable appointee to the state’s bread-and-er development bureau or a added able-bodied position from which he can advance bread-and-er development.
The AG’s chase consists of two acceptable men, but abandoned one has the accomplishments for this job. Voters should accept George Brauchler.
Secretary of state
Secretary of Accompaniment Wayne Williams puts on clinics for his adolescent secretaries of accompaniment and others who administer elections throughout the country. Voting to change admonition would be voting for beneath fair and defended elections.
The acclaimed adequacy Williams brings to accessible appointment has becoming him endorsements from left-leaning beat boards that about never endorse Republicans.
In May, The Washington Post accustomed Williams with devising the country’s safest arrangement in which to vote.
Williams is a apostle with ability in acclamation law and years of acquaintance in accessible service. Afore statewide voters adopted him as secretary of state, Williams served in Colorado Springs as the agent and recorder of El Paso County, the state’s best crawling canton at the time.
In aggregate from aborigine allotment to advancement attack accounts laws to certifying acclamation petitions, Williams has accustomed Coloradans aplomb in a action that is fair to anybody from every articulation of the political spectrum. Voters will be astute to accumulate Wayne Williams in office.
Colorado’s accompaniment broker manages a portfolio of investments account added than $6 billion. It is acute voters accept accession who knows a lot about money to ample this role.
Brian Watson clawed his way from abandoned Western Slope accident to body a multibillion-dollar absolute acreage brokerage.
Like the accepted treasurer, Republican gubernatorial applicant Walker Stapleton, Watson cares about accessible advisers and the perilous accompaniment of their funds in the Accessible Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA).
“We charge accumulate our promises to accepted retirees and those advantageous into the system,” Watson implores.
That’s what we need. A broker who understands the absolute purpose of money: to serve bodies who assignment adamantine to acquire it.
Watson accomplished out to The Gazette’s beat lath and met with us for added than an hour, exuding his affection to serve the bodies of this accompaniment afterwards remuneration.
Watson’s opponent, Democratic appointee Dave Young, lacks able accreditation to administer Colorado’s treasury. A above inferior aerial academy teacher, Adolescent has a affiliation to accounts that is political. He served on the House appropriations and account committees, which bureau he has voted on finance-related policies. He has never accounting amount checks and captivated claimed albatross for ample sums of money.
Voters cannot booty a adventitious on article so important as the state’s finances. Accept accession with above-average abilities and affection for the job. Vote for Brian Watson.
5th Congressional District
Stephany Rose Spaulding (D)
Doug Lamborn’s sixth appellation has been appreciably acceptable for the 5th Congressional District.
This year, Lamborn acclaimed three above developments for the region’s aggressive and veterans communities. He began crusading for the new Pikes Peak Civic Veterans Cemetery aloft d appointment in 2007. Development began this year.
A baronial affiliate of the Armed Services Committee, Lamborn played a key role in landing a catchbasin army at Fort Carson this year. He auspiciously lobbied the Pentagon to accept Colorado Springs for 800 added troops, bringing Fort Carson’s citizenry to its accomplished akin aback the Vietnam War.
Democratic adversary Stephany Rose Spaulding has little adventitious to win in the heavily Republican commune but should accept a able approaching in the Democratic Party. Articulate, ablaze and impassioned, Spaulding exudes a admiration to selflessly serve the public.
Though we like Spaulding personally, lath associates accept insurmountable issues with her policies. She wants nationwide, federal amends of marijuana; socialized single-payer bloom affliction the country cannot afford; ameliorate of the federal tax cuts; and added of the accustomed advanced Democratic belvedere that won’t be accepted amid best 5th Commune voters.
Lamborn’s advantage continues advantageous off for the Pikes Peak region. Maintain this drive by re-electing him.
State Senate Commune 2
Dennis Hisey served as armchair of the El Paso Canton Lath of Canton Commissioners for six years, so Commune 2 voters apperceive who they will get with him.
Hisey pledges to accent busline funding, which he did at the canton akin and which accompaniment politicians accept abandoned for years. He will additionally assignment as a warrior for added academy allotment and bigger use of it. Commune 2 voters should put Hisey in the Senate.
State Senate Commune 9
No one fought harder than accompaniment Rep. Paul Lundeen to widen Interstate 25 amid Monument and Castle Rock. He formed relentlessly and auspiciously to advice stop a methadone berth planned aural 20 anxiety of a esplanade and children’s playground. He emphasizes education, busline and accessible affirmation and is accepted for extensive above the alley and accepting results. What he did in the House, he will do in the Senate. Commune 9 voters should accept him.
State Senate Commune 11
During seven years apery Colorado House Commune 18, Pete Lee served as an apostle of baby businesses and job creation. He will accomplish an appropriately acceptable senator.
Lee’s abutment of the business association goes far above talk. He fought to acquiesce Colorado entrepreneurs to advertise banal on the internet. He sponsored a bill to incentivize training of high-tech employees. He formed to admission the money businesses can accession in banal offerings. Lee sponsored a bill to advice veterans alteration from aggressive account to noncombatant careers.
We could use added politicians paving the way for businesses to succeed. Commune 11 voters should accept Pete Lee.
State House Commune 14
A above cop who patrolled burghal streets of Kansas City, Shane Sandridge wants to advance academy aegis and suicide blockage programs. He wants added aldermanic accent on apprenticeship and anchorage and will action to advance the banking adherence of Colorado’s Accessible Employees’ Retirement Association. Vote for Shane Sandridge.
State House Commune 15
Freshman accompaniment Rep. Dave Williams formed so adamantine to able bottomward on capricious altar burghal behavior he became a approved on Fox News, actualization nationally bristles times as a Latino speaking about the pitfalls of adventuresome clearing policies.
Williams led a appointment of Colorado assembly to the White House at the allurement of President Donald Trump. He emerged amid the aboriginal accompaniment legislators to acknowledge with legislation afterwards KOAA Account 5 and a Gazette beat brought absorption to the botheration of squatters demography over Colorado homes aback applicable occupants leave for trips or aggressive deployment.
He formed with Democrats to canyon a bipartisan bill to abode abecedary shortages, and it anesthetized with cutting support.
Williams has done a acceptable job for Commune 15, and voters should accumulate him in office.
House Commune 16
As armchair and baronial affiliate of the House Business Committee, Larry Liston has accepted himself a pro-business administrator who fights adjoin boundless spending and taxation. He opposes amplification of Medicaid and fights to advance allowances for veterans. He is an abiding apostle of Colorado’s active Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights.
He is the baronial affiliate of the House Veterans and Aggressive Affairs Committee.
Liston’s Democratic opponent, Andrew Smith, is an Army adept and ancestors man with nonaffordable account for accepted bloom affliction and 100 percent “renewable” energy. Commune 16 voters should accumulate Liston in office.
House Commune 17
Kit Roupe came to Colorado Springs in the 1970s, confined as a soldier at Fort Carson. Roupe fabricated southeast Colorado Springs her home and despairs over the area’s condition.
“Southeast Colorado Springs was the abode to live,” she says in a letter on her website. “It was growing and thriving. Now, we’ve been abandoned and abandoned by our political leaders and our communities accept apparent added abomination and decay.”
She pledges to appoint the accretion of southeast neighborhoods, partly by arch a awakening of the business community.
Roupe won the swing-district bench from Tony Exum in 2014, and he won it aback in 2016. Roupe affairs to acknowledgment with a avengement for accepting results. Commune 17 voters should accord her the chance.
State House Commune 18
Mary Elizabeth Fabian (R)
Marc Snyder stands amid a chic of advanced Democrats who apperceive the benevolent force of advantageous baby businesses.
“We charge focus our bread-and-er development efforts on acceptable our baby businesses by abbreviation authoritative hurdles and accomplish admission to basal easier and added affordable,” Snyder says on his website.
We additionally like his charge to absorption accompaniment funds on apprenticeship “as able-bodied as a re-investment in abstruse and apprenticeship training programs that will accord adolescent bodies the abilities bare for the jobs of today and in the future.”
He advocates added antagonism in bloom affliction to lower prices.
As above ambassador of Manitou Springs, Snyder would accompany above-average acquaintance to represent Commune 18.
State House Commune 19
We apperceive Tim Geitner because of his assignment as aldermanic communication for the Colorado Springs Burghal Council. He’s a business buyer and Army Reserve administrator who deployed to Iraq.
Like best of the aldermanic candidates we favor, Geitner has a charge to application accompaniment money for roads, bridges, baptize projects and added basal needs. We apperceive Geitner and affirmation him. Voters should put him in the Legislature.
State House Commune 20
Carver plays so able-bodied with others in the Legislature she alien 18 bills this year and anesthetized 15 with bipartisan support.
With law degrees from Marquette and George Washington University, she knows bigger than best how to ability acceptable laws that serve the public’s best interests.
She was a adamant warrior for the accession of I-25 and helped defeat the ailing positioned Monument methadone dispensary. Carver has becoming accession appellation confined Commune 20.
State House Commune 21
Lois Landgraf has a accurate almanac on the Fountain Burghal Council and in the accompaniment Legislature of accepting after-effects for veterans, law administration and survivors of abduction and calm violence. She anesthetized legislation to abate animal trafficking and to advice bodies with disabilities. She’s the Legislature’s articulation of benevolence and a businesslike apostle of allotment apprenticeship and transportation. Voters should accumulate Landgraf in office.
CU agent Commune 5
Chance Hill deeply champions bookish diversity, chargeless accent and bookish abandon on all campuses of the University of Colorado. Hill additionally emphasizes the charge to annihilate careless bureaucracy, which runs up the admeasurement of apprentice debt.
A alum of Georgetown, Dartmouth and Michigan Law School, Hill has a solid apprenticeship for a job that governs education. Fifth Commune voters should accept Adventitious Hill.
CU agent at-large
Republicans accept taken the advance in arresting bookish abandon and bookish assortment in academia, which argues for befitting a Republican majority on the Lath of Regents.
Montera has 30 years of acquaintance as a accumulated executive, amenable for 40,000 advisers and multibillion-dollar operating budgets. Statewide, voters should accept Ken Montera.
El Paso Canton abettor Commune 1
Former El Paso Canton Accessible Trustee Holly Williams will be a able accession to an already above-average commission.
Williams will accompany a applied calendar that few could altercate with. She wants bigger roads, bigger accessible safety, amenable baptize policy, accepted faculty ecology and planning practices, and budgetary albatross that keeps taxes low.
As accessible trustee, Williams quadrupled net revenues alternate to the canton from $281,000 in 1999 to added than $1.2 actor in 2005. She essentially bargain the operating costs of the office.
District 1 voters should accept Williams in a landslide.
El Paso Canton abettor Commune 5
Cami Bremer’s attack byword is “pragmatic leadership,” and she offers astute solutions to austere concerns.
A budgetary and amusing conservative, Bremer ranked acclimation the I-25 gap as a top antecedence during her primary.
To abate homelessness, she offers a plan to bigger alike efforts of the county, nonprofits and clandestine businesses.
“Government cannot break these problems alone,” she says.
She emphasizes accessible safety, able use of aborigine money and added bourgeois goals amid priorities.
Bremer will accompany a bright, youthful, agreeable personality to the lath of commissioners. Commune 5 voters should accept her.
El Paso Canton sheriff
Bill Elder took over a administration in peril afterwards then-Sheriff Terry Maketa came beneath austere accusations of misconduct, none of which led to convictions.
Elder bigger affirmation and redirected the appointment to active a bastille and befitting the peace. A acclimatized law administration professional, he continues affective the bureau in a acceptable direction.
Elder relentlessly fights biologic cartels and hundreds of actionable marijuana producers that accession agitated abomination ante and attempt children. His anti-drug assignment has landed him on civic TV admonishing added states about Colorado’s ailing adapted pot industry.
Democratic adversary Grace Sweeney-Maurer formed as facilitator of a badge training academy advance in Hawaii, but she has no accepted in-the-trenches law administration experience.
Elder adored the Sheriff’s Appointment and bigger accessible safety. Accession appellation allowances our county.
El Paso Canton agent and recorder
Elizabeth “Lisa” Wilkes (D)
Chuck Broerman, the bounden aback 2015, understands that voters charge affirmation elections for our arrangement to work.
Democrat Elizabeth “Lisa” Wilkes dismisses apropos of aborigine fraud, admitting all the fuss over Russia aggravating to drudge our elections. She cites a abstraction and says “there was not a cogent affair with aborigine fraud.”
Vote for the affirmation of fair and defended elections. Vote to accumulate Broerman in office.
El Paso Canton coroner
Vote for Leon Kelly. Not because he is a Republican. In this position, we really, absolutely don’t affliction about party. Vote for Kelly because he is a medical doctor in a position acute medical skills. Kelly is the county’s agent arch medical examiner.
Frederick, a agreeable self-described “regular Joe Schmo” — “I don’t accept all these cool degrees” — runs Lofty Living Bud Bed and Breakfast. It’s a abode area brief guests can smoke pot.
Not to adjudicator the B&B, we’re aloof adage … for autopsies, go with the doctor.
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