The Economy and Jobs
I'm your small government, low taxes, refined regulations candidate. I have entrepreneurial experience, and I'm a staunch believer of Reaganomics. I understand the government does not help the job seeker by punishing the job maker. I have experience helping people evaluate the quality of corporations, and I understand what is takes to attract businesses to House District 14. I'm ready to go after great companies and show them the financial appeal of our district.
Infrastructure - Roads and Bridges
Our Colorado infrastructure in crumbling and needs immediate attention. I have a strong track-record of fighting for state appropriations and demanding that our state take this safety issues seriously.
As a former inner-city police officer and field training officer in Kansas City, Missouri and a candidate with two graduate degrees in the criminal justice fields, I have significant knowledge and experience in crime prevention. We must be tough on crime. I have seen drugs decimate a community. I have witnessed weak laws provide an opening to criminals. I understand how poor educational and family structures influence criminality. We must recognize how some progressive policies actually attract crime.
We must focus on increasing police response time in House District 14, and make sure we have an adequate number of officers/deputies on duty during every shift. We must work on less over-lap of services with Colorado Springs Police Department to assure efficient use of resources and funding.
Working in the inner-city and as a child clinical psychotherapist, I witnessed first-hand how a poor educational system can negatively impact a community. Education and schools is a very serious topic for me. I'm an advocate of disbanding the Education Department and bringing more authority under local control. Local communities know what's best for their community. Families know what's best for their family. I dislike bureaucrats in Washington D.C. implementing regulations onto our local schools. My daughter will be starting kindergarten next year. Just like you, I want my child to have the best education we can offer.
Suicide is a tough issue in our community. Colorado Springs is #5 in the nation in suicides, and Academy District 20 has suffered the most student suicides out of any school district in Colorado. These are shocking statistics, and truthfully, down right unacceptable. After I was a police officer, I expanded my education into the behavioral and social sciences, and became a child clinical psychotherapist for kids with criminal tendencies. I obtained advanced training and experience in suicide prevention among youths. Our leadership must have knowledge is this field. I will make sure our children have the mental health resources they need, as well as our schools have the tools they need to recognize a student in crisis.