The new year is off to a roaring start for my campaign! I’ve spoken at the Candidate Forum at the HD38 Dems meeting, several house parties in various parts of the district, directly with voters, and most recently at the CBWPA candidate event. In all of these, you have spoken up about various issues of concern to you. These issues include health care, mental health services, community safety, senior care, RTD, roads and traffic, and climate change.
From the moment I entered this race, I have made it clear that this campaign is not about who I am, it is about how I can serve you. My campaign is about you, the people. Here are some concerns you have raised.
Health Care: I have heard your concerns. Seniors are struggling to pay for their supplemental plans and for all that Medicare does not cover. Families with children are struggling to afford their insurance premiums and do not have the resources to fight every time the insurance company refuses to cover something. Also, many in our community are experiencing a need for mental health support and need a little help because they are sad, or depressed, or stressed beyond their ability to cope. Everyone deserves an advocate, someone who has the courage to fight for change and the skills to get things done.
RTD and Roads: Many times on the campaign trail, voters have expressed concerns about the increased light rail and bus fares coupled with huge cuts in service. RTD was created to provide transportation to those those who need it and to reduce traffic on our streets and roads. They should be increasing service, not decreasing it. We must convince RTD, with both your voice and legislation, to get to work and solve these problems.
In addition, our roads and streets are congested beyond belief. A more efficient RTD would help, but we also need to find the money for improvements. This will require building coalitions to convince voters to trust the state to spend their money wisely and accomplish these improvements.
Climate Change: What I find on the campaign trail is that the people are becoming more aware of the dangers of climate change and are ready for action. This is the existential problem of our times. We must tackle this through energy conservation and conversion of our power to green, renewable sources. We must do this in years, not decades. The time for rhetoric is gone. It is time for action.