I have three top priorities and issues that I am focused on in this campaign. All three are critical to the citizens of Colorado and the future of our state. To achieve these priorities requires a collaborative legislature focused on solving these problems now.
Arapahoe County has the dubious distinction of being the #1 county in auto theft in the United States. Some of our House District 41 precincts have an F rating for property crime. Illegal drug use and distribution, notably fentanyl, is devastating our youth. The problem is growing and our legislatures' lack of leadership is making matters worse.
Our living and work environments must be safe.
In Colorado House District 41 district, the same one-bedroom apartment that cost $800 two years ago is now over $1500. The price of gas has risen from an average of $2.61 just a year ago to well over $4.50 today. Utility bills jumped by 37% this past winter. All the while, our state legislature persists on passing bills that increase our cost of living and make Colorado a more difficult place to live.
Our future demands an affordable Colorado.
Once an admired and sought-after school district in House District 41, Cherry Creek now has 60% of children who can't read or do math at grade level. The United States has fallen from being number one in reading, math, and science in the 1950s to 48th in the world. Our schools are also increasingly becoming less safe. Is the problem teachers, parents, curriculum, or a combination of all?
Working together, we can make a change.
My husband and I have been House District 41 residents for the past 25 years. My children graduated from Cherry Creek Schools. I'm a graduate of Texas Southern University, a Veteran of the United States Air Force, a Co-Founder and Owner of 5280 Artist Co-Op, and current President of the Aurora Cultural Arts District.