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Jared Polis, Walker Stapleton, Bill Hammons and Scott Helker

Jared Polis, Walker Stapleton, Bill Hammons and Scott Helker

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Jared Polis

Democrat


AGE
43
RESIDENCE
Boulder (My present residence for about 10 years, however I’ve lived in Boulder County for much longer.)
HOMETOWN
Boulder
PROFESSION
Entrepreneur, schooling advocate, U.S. Consultant, former florist
EDUCATION
Princeton College (BA)
FAMILY
Two youngsters with my long-time associate Marlon Reis
EXPERIENCE
Founding father of a number of companies, together with American Info Techniques, Bluemountain.com, ProFlowers. Began the New America Faculty and served as its superintendent and co-founded Academy of City Studying, public constitution faculties for at-risk youth. Co-founded mentoring packages Techstars and Patriot Boot Camp to assist People launch their very own companies Served on the Colorado Board of Schooling, 2001-2007, together with one yr as Chair. U.S. Consultant for Colorado’s Second District, 2009-present.
WEBSITE
polisforcolorado.com
FACEBOOK
PolisForColorado
TWITTER
@PolisForCO

Why are you operating for workplace?
Far too many Coloradans in the present day really feel like they will’t get forward regardless of our booming financial system. For too many, paychecks and raises haven’t stored up with the growing prices of housing, well being care, and daycare. I’m operating for governor to construct a Colorado financial system the place individuals don’t simply get by, however thrive — whether or not it’s the farmer whose livelihood is in peril resulting from drought, the younger skilled whose revenue isn’t maintaining with the lease, or the mother and father struggling to pay their well being premium on prime of the staggering value of preschool. We will and should do higher.

What three coverage points set you aside out of your opponent(s)?
Schooling: I’ve spent my profession constructing faculties and preventing for extra assets for our college students, academics, and lecture rooms. Walker Stapleton has fought simply as arduous to take cash out of our public faculties.

Well being Care: My well being care plan will scale back Coloradans’ well being care prices and increase entry to high quality care. Walker Stapleton’s plans will rob tons of of hundreds of Coloradans of their well being protection, whereas driving up prices for the remainder of us.

Outside financial system: I’ll shield the general public lands that energy tons of of hundreds of good-paying jobs throughout our state. Walker Stapleton has refused to face as much as Donald Trump’s efforts to unload public lands to the very best bidder.

What are the most important areas of settlement between you and your opponent(s)?
Walker and I agree that our congested roads and lack of reasonably priced housing are critical issues for Coloradans. We disagree on the options.

The place would you wish to see Colorado’s transportation system in 20 years, and what’s one of the simplest ways to get there? What’s your place on the competing state transportation initiatives?
I help utilizing new and present sources of income to fund street and freeway tasks with out sacrificing funding for well being care or public faculties. I oppose placing our state billions in debt with none income like Walker Stapleton would with Proposition 109; as an alternative, I’ll work with Republicans, Democrats, and the enterprise group to discover a funding compromise that works if Proposition 110 fails on the poll this fall.

We also needs to work to attach Fort Collins to Pueblo with high-speed commuter rail that hyperlinks to our present transportation infrastructure and helps individuals get to work faster and much less expensively. As a primary step on Entrance Vary Rail, we should always end the general public enter course of and full a feasibility research to find out how a lot of the venture might be funded by bonding towards future ticket gross sales, and how a lot, if any, would require Coloradans to vote on new income sources. And eventually, we should always make all of Colorado, particularly rural areas, 100% related to high-speed web, which can allow extra telecommuting and assist individuals work within the communities they reside in.


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What is going to you do to handle the impression of progress alongside the Entrance Vary and be sure that rural areas share in the advantages?
The price of dwelling in Colorado has considerably elevated and paychecks haven’t stored up. I’m targeted on fixing each elements of this drawback: creating extra reasonably priced housing choices whereas additionally elevating incomes throughout the board in order that extra Coloradans can afford to stay within the communities they name residence. It’s the job of the Governor to construct coalitions and work with giant employers and municipalities to deal with the shortage of reasonably priced housing.
For too lengthy, we’ve suffered a rural-urban divide in Colorado. If you examine Colorado’s nice financial system, ignored are rural Colorado’s excessive well being care prices, the impression of President Trump’s commerce conflict on our farmers and ranchers, and the wildfires and droughts that local weather change is making worse and worse. As somebody who has created tons of of jobs and met payroll, I’ve a plan to deliver our financial success to each nook of the state.

I’m proud to have represented elements of rural Colorado in Congress, and I’ve labored exhausting to unravel issues which might be near residence for these households — like entry to well being care, rural broadband, and housing prices.

As governor, I’ll help each facet of our rural economies — from reasonably priced housing, to good faculties, to a contemporary infrastructure, and in fact defending our public lands. I’ve a complete plan to deliver common high-speed web entry to Colorado, which is among the most essential issues we will do to bridge our state’s urban-rural divide and ensure that each child in Colorado will get a fantastic schooling, or that entrepreneurs can begin the enterprise of their goals regardless of the place they reside.

Colorado’s medical insurance trade and Medicaid enlargement have given a whole lot of hundreds extra residents protection, however well being care stays a prime concern in state polls. Affordability and entry are notably difficult in distant areas. The place ought to the state go on this situation, and what is going to you do to get us there?
That is why I completely disagree with Walker Stapleton’s plan to roll again the Medicaid enlargement and scrap Colorado’s medical insurance trade. That may drive up insurance coverage prices for the remainder of us. Nobody ought to ever have to decide on between dropping their life financial savings and dropping their life, or their baby’s life. That’s why I’m going to take quick motion to save lots of Coloradans cash on healthcare — stopping prescription worth gouging, bringing transparency to the well being care market, decreasing well being care premiums, and bringing high quality suppliers to underserved areas in order that nobody has to drive hours and hours, or keep on a months-long ready listing, simply to get the care they want.


Walker Stapleton

Republican


AGE
44
RESIDENCE
Greenwood Village
PROFESSION
State treasurer since 2011
EDUCATION 
Bachelor’s diploma from Williams School, grasp’s in enterprise economics from London Faculty of Economics and grasp’s in enterprise administration from Harvard Enterprise Faculty
FAMILY
Spouse Jenna and three youngsters
EXPERIENCE
Former chairman, CEO and president of Sonoma West Holdings, a business actual property firm; actual property investor; earlier work included positions in enterprise improvement at tech firm Reside365 and as an analyst for Hambrecht & Quist, a know-how funding financial institution
WEBSITE
stapletonforcolorado.com
FACEBOOK
Walker.R.Stapleton
TWITTER
@walkerstapleton

Why are you operating for workplace?
I’m operating for Governor for 3 major causes, my youngsters. I would like them, and all of Colorado’s youngsters, to have plentiful financial alternative. I shall be a pacesetter who understands the huge variety of experiences in our state and can converse to each the wants of the Entrance Vary in addition to the Western Slope and Japanese Plains.

Regardless of intensifying political rancor, Colorado has remained a mannequin of collaboration. Underneath each Democratic and Republican Governors, we’ve got been a state of widespread sense and consensus-driven management. I consider that I supply voters the only option in sustaining that legacy and defending the Colorado approach. I’ll ensure that Colorado stays the sort of place all of us need to reside and increase a household.

What three coverage points set you aside out of your opponent(s)?
This election presents voters with a stark distinction. Congressman Polis and I’ve vastly totally different approaches to fixing lots of our state’s most difficult issues, together with well being care, schooling, and the financial system.

I need to repair what’s flawed with our well being care system and make it extra accessible and reasonably priced for Coloradans. As Governor, I’ll work with our public packages and the personal sector to scale back prices and enhance high quality throughout the board. I see a well being care system the place we’ve extra selection within the kinds of protection households can buy. Congressman Polis needs to impose a single-payer, government-run well being care system on Coloradans that may result in tax will increase and decrease high quality care.

Congressman Polis and I even have totally different approaches to schooling. I’ve a plan to redirect schooling dollars away from out-of-control administrative prices and use this cash to enhance outcomes within the lecture rooms and pay academics extra. My opponent advocates for extra government-run packages with out explaining how he can pay for it.

I may even be a governor who retains taxes low so Colorado can have a thriving financial system with loads of jobs. Congressman Polis has supported job-killing laws that would result in 230,000 job losses within the power business alone.

What are the most important areas of settlement between you and your opponent(s)?
On a excessive degree, I feel we’re each operating as a result of we love this state and need to make it a spot to boost our households. To make certain, we’re approaching this aim from very totally different locations politically and supply very totally different options.

I feel we will each agree that extra needs to be carried out for our rural communities with broadband enlargement and improvement. Once more, there are key variations in how we might strategy this drawback, however I feel we each agree on the large influence of getting all corners of our state related with broadband. It’s the spine of the 21st century financial system, well being care, and public security.

The place would you wish to see Colorado’s transportation system in 20 years, and what’s one of the simplest ways to get there? What’s your place on the competing state transportation initiatives?
As governor, I’ll implement a long-term answer to repair transportation and transfer away from the present mannequin of short-term fixes that don’t tackle the basis of the issue. Coloradans spend an excessive amount of time sitting in visitors. Investing in our state’s infrastructure will ease congestion and permit Coloradans to spend extra time at their locations, together with at house with their households. I’ll demand transparency and accountability from the Division of Transportation, discover a long-term income stream to fund our transportation wants, and prioritize constructing roads and bridges, one thing we’ve uncared for for much too lengthy.

I don’t help growing the gross sales tax to pay for our roads. The Repair Our Rattling Roads proposal is an effective begin however I feel a long-term answer will nonetheless be wanted.

What is going to you do to handle the impression of progress alongside the Entrance Vary and be sure that rural areas share in the advantages?
As treasurer, I’ve served all Coloradans during the last seven years. Throughout this time I traveled to all 64 counties and heard from residents about their considerations with our state and how insurance policies have an effect on their lives. A booming financial system on the Entrance Vary has been a boon to our state, nevertheless it can’t occur on the expense of our rural communities.

Too typically, our state authorities operates within the Denver bubble, however our state is expansive and numerous. I’ll employees subject workplaces throughout the state to create a useful resource for Coloradans and present all constituents a direct line to the Governor’s Workplace. It’s time to deliver state authorities nearer to the individuals.

Colorado’s medical insurance trade and Medicaid enlargement have given a whole lot of hundreds extra residents protection, however well being care stays a prime concern in state polls. Affordability and entry are notably difficult in distant areas. The place ought to the state go on this situation, and what is going to you do to get us there?
Rising well being care prices are a serious concern for Colorado households and are straining our state’s finances. As Colorado’s subsequent Governor, I’ll implement reforms to assist simplify and streamline well being look after Coloradans. My Administration will take a three-pronged strategy to fixing Colorado’s well being care system: enhance preventive and main care by integrating psychological, behavioral, and bodily well being; reform our public methods with a give attention to outcomes-based care and larger administrative effectivity; and create extra decisions for households via the varieties of protection provided.

Congressman Polis and I’ve drastically totally different approaches with regards to tackling Colorado’s well being care challenges. Whereas Congressman Polis needs to implement government-run, one-size-fits-all well being care, I need to create extra reasonably priced choices for Coloradans. Though our present system isn’t good, shifting to single-payer will harm Coloradans and destroy Colorado’s financial system. As an alternative, we should always repair what’s improper with Colorado well being care and work collectively to decrease prices and enhance the standard of care.


Bill Hammons

Unity Get together of Colorado


AGE
43
RESIDENCE
Thornton (2 years)
HOMETOWN
Odessa, Texas
PROFESSION
Life Insurance coverage Agent
EDUCATION
1997 B.A., English and American Literature, New York College
EXPERIENCE
2005-Current Chairman, Unity Get together of Colorado; 2004-Current Chairman, Unity Celebration of America
WEBSITE
billisrunning.com
FACEBOOK
unitypartybill
TWITTER
@wrhammons

Why are you operating for workplace?
I’m operating for the straightforward purpose that I’m really one thing new beneath the solar (for as soon as). I based (with my father) the now-38-state Unity Get together of America the day after the 2004 Election, and based the Unity Social gathering of Colorado by personally gathering properly over 1,000 legitimate voter signatures in a number of statewide races, putting myself as a Unity Social gathering candidate on the Basic Election poll. These 1,000 signatures put the Unity Celebration on the voter registration type because the “Unity” choice, and the 1,000 voters who subsequently affiliated with “Unity” put UP into official celebration standing in Colorado.

What three coverage points set you aside out of your opponent(s)?
Colorado can and ought to paved the way as a state instance TODAY in preventing Local weather Change, in offering all residents (via Medicare-inspired means) with the well being care they want and deserve, and in rising and creating a sustainable financial system. Local weather Change and its results are actual, are man-made, are an actual menace, and might be fought. We have to transfer our state’s taxation system away from punishing staff for feeding their households, and in the direction of discouraging damaging conduct of all types. Such a system can be a extra environment friendly and constructive mannequin for the nationwide gross sales tax lengthy advocated by many conservatives.

What are the most important areas of settlement between you and your opponent(s)?
Jared Polis and I simply agreed by textual content with a “haha” that we each like social media (we’ve been Fb buddies for over a decade, since we each first ran for Congress) and, on a extra critical observe, that we each agree on fiscal duty.

The place would you wish to see Colorado’s transportation system in 20 years, and what’s one of the simplest ways to get there? What’s your place on the competing state transportation initiatives?
I want to see Colorado’s transportation system in all places it’s wanted. I don’t help Repair Our Rattling Roads, and neither do I help yet one more conventional gross sales tax. What I DO help is a income measure based mostly on the carbon content material of automotive gasoline which can be utilized to repair and increase our roads with an eye fixed on how even a comparatively small variety of self-driving automobiles in Colorado will drastically change visitors patterns (hopefully for the higher).

What is going to you do to handle the impression of progress alongside the Entrance Vary and make sure that rural areas share in the advantages?
I’m coming extra and extra to oppose property taxes, which are likely to perpetuate native financial inequalities. A alternative of state revenue taxes with a carbon income measure based mostly on the carbon content material of fossil fuels will encourage the extra environment friendly use of land and roads, and a alternative of property taxes with the identical, with the ensuing revenues in fact remitted again regionally, will guarantee extra truthful and extra even improvement throughout Colorado.

Colorado’s medical insurance trade and Medicaid enlargement have given lots of of hundreds extra residents protection, however well being care stays a prime concern in state polls. Affordability and entry are notably difficult in distant areas. The place ought to the state go on this difficulty, and what is going to you do to get us there?
I help a state-based Medicare-for-all system, with vital funding offered to encourage younger docs with medical faculty money owed (together with younger overseas docs if want be) to arrange store in rural areas missing an area Starbucks.

Rural medical amenities also needs to be inspired to offer versatile pricing for out-of-towners. In different phrases, somebody who can present proof of an city zip code may be given a big low cost on non-emergency well being providers that might justify the journey and trip-related bills. Such a system would maintain buzzing (and subsequently in enterprise) rural hospitals which may in any other case be underutilized; any of my fellow Coloradans who’ve ever climbed a 14er hours from the closest medical facility ought to help such a plan out of self-interest.


Scott Helker

Libertarian


AGE
62
RESIDENCE
Golden (21 years)
HOMETOWN
Conifer
PROFESSION
Actual Property Developer
EDUCATION
JD Regulation
FAMILY
Spouse and Daughter
EXPERIENCE
I’ve run a regulation workplace and different corporations
WEBSITE
n/a
FACEBOOK
scotthelkerforgovernor
TWITTER
n/a

Why are you operating for workplace?
As a Libertarian I consider in Restricted Authorities as the perfect authorities. It’s my primary perception that Authorities is just not all the time the reply and many occasions it’s the drawback. I nicely understood once I started this marketing campaign that it was one small step inside a bigger motion to revive the Republic, the liberties of People, and very probably these of the World’s Residents. The Libertarian Get together as a motion has grown from a number of individuals in a front room in Denver to a celebration with candidates on the poll in each state. I can’t win the Governorship however sometime a Libertarian will turn into the Governor of Colorado. I’m only one small step in that course of

What three coverage points set you aside out of your opponent(s)?
The most important distinction is that I don’t consider Authorities as having the one options. As a result of I don’t put myself in a field the place solely 10% of the options are, I’m free to discover the opposite 90% of the options which are out there. My three examples start with water. The options put ahead by each Mr. Stapleton and Mr. Polis won’t improve the quantity of water within the Colorado river basins or refill the aquifers in Colorado and by default the aquifers within the surrounding states. Facilitation by Authorities in reintroducing beavers again to Colorado would improve the quantity of water within the Colorado river basins by a 3rd to 2 thirds. The beavers would refill the aquifers and not using a billion-dollar price ticket, liberating up a lot wanted cash for highways. Second, pension funds in america are at present four trillion dollars in debt. Many nations in Europe discovered fact within the saying that “all Government pension plans fail when they run out of other people’s money.” The Netherlands now have a totally funded pension plan with properly over a trillion dollars inside their pension fund. Why not get authorities out of the pension fund enterprise as within the Netherlands and make PERA a nonprofit open to everybody in Colorado making a really extensive base to stabilize PERA and have authorities be sure that the pension is properly run? Lastly, one factor that authorities can do is to make an exemption for all scholar mortgage funds above the typical first three years’ wage with like diploma a scholar ought to have. It will range by diploma. A instructor would have the ability to discharge in chapter all scholar loans above $30,000. An engineer might discharge all scholar loans over $75,000. It’s inside the state’s energy to regulate exemptions; why not use it to the good thing about college students buried in debt whereas making them liable for the rest?

What are the most important areas of settlement between you and your opponent(s)?
All of the candidates operating love the state of Colorado and need one of the best for the State. After that between them and myself, we now have nothing in widespread. As a Libertarian I consider in restricted authorities. The unhappy fact is that if the Republican Social gathering labored to restrict authorities, there can be no Libertarian Celebration. Each main events see authorities as the reply and put themselves in a field with solely 10% of the attainable options. As a Libertarian working outdoors the field I see not solely the 10% however the different 90% of our choices. If you need an ever-growing authorities that imprisons extra of its residents than Russia, vote for a serious get together. If you would like a water answer that doesn’t increase the quantity of water within the Colorado river basin or refill the aquifers, vote for a serious get together. In case you are prepared to make progress towards a greater Colorado vote for a Libertarian. Be a part of the progress towards a greater Colorado

The place would you wish to see Colorado’s transportation system in 20 years, and what’s the easiest way to get there? What’s your place on the competing state transportation initiatives?
I’m a practical Libertarian. I might help personal options resembling permitting corporations entry to railroad easements to offer various transportation to on line casino and ski cities. To make RTD work extra effectively, I might help the removing of the present elected board and the highest officers at RTD and substitute them by vote or appointment. Alternatively, I’d search to denationalise it. As to highways I might, the place attainable, substitute previous administration with new, and be sure that charges don’t go into the overall fund however in the direction of highways. Discover packages that may be carried out higher within the nonprofit sector and finish them. The price financial savings can be channeled into the freeway fund.

What is going to you do to handle the influence of progress alongside the Entrance Vary and make sure that rural areas share in the advantages?
First, I might encourage the opposite 49 states to cross TABOR-like amendments in order that their economies could possibly be as robust as Colorado’s, if not stronger. That may end in smaller progress as individuals don’t want to maneuver to Colorado for jobs. I might encourage Colorado corporations to allow extra telecommuting and to place satellite tv for pc workplaces in rural cities for people looking for not solely a great job however a greater high quality of life.

Colorado’s medical insurance trade and Medicaid enlargement have given tons of of hundreds extra residents protection, however well being care stays a prime concern in state polls. Affordability and entry are notably difficult in distant areas. The place ought to the state go on this concern, and what is going to you do to get us there?
If authorities is the one answer, we’ll find yourself with a bankrupt well being care system. I recommend a state-wide Medical Collective or Affiliation to offer protection to all residents who want to be a part of at, on common, $400 to $800 per 30 days. Wherever Well being Care Collectives develop, the worth of well being care value goes down. Insurance coverage corporations and the federal government can be pressured to reply by decreasing prices to residents. Improve the variety of Nurse Practitioners and Doctor Assistants with higher obligations to offer the subsequent era of Basic Apply docs. In case you assume outdoors the federal government field, you’ll find many options and not simply comply with a bankrupt concept.