Gardner has supported north Fort Collins
I’m endorsing Sen. Cory Gardner for reelection. I’m doing this for reasons that are not known by most Fort Collins citizens.
Since 2004, I’ve had the honor of working with my fellow North College businesses and residents to return our area to the standards of the rest of our city. This has entailed thousands of hours of meetings with our city leaders, elected officials, businesses and residents, to complete this challenging journey. We still have a distance to go.
My fellow businesses and residents have learned that rebuilding an area of the city is more than just “bricks and mortar.” We also are investing in the citizens who live here through our two charities — “Coats and Boots” and “Project Smile.”
Senator Gardner and his staff have been with us every step of the way, attending many of our meetings and providing information and support. Senator Gardner’s staff has attended nearly every fundraising event that we’ve hosted.
It began when Cory Gardner was our 4th Congressional District representative and continues as one of our senators. He gets little publicity for helping us, just a big “thank you” for doing such a great job for us, “a job well done.”
I ask our fellow Fort Collins citizens to help us complete the “north side journey” by re-electing Sen. Cory Gardner, a CSU graduate.
Ron Lautzenheiser, Fort Collins
Letters of support also were received from: Charles Dinegar, Annemarie Chenoweth, John Haley, Don Benz, Daryle Klassen, Kurt D. Albers, Jack Huffman, Dick Rehg, Gail Meisner, Jim Alderden, Dave Clark, Michael E. Bennett, Lee Parsons, Kristin Grazier, Evelyn King, Richard Robinson, Kirk Brush, Ingrid Mitts, David Bee, Alexis Smith, Sean M. Dougherty, Myrna Rodenberger, Bob Morain, Kevin Lundberg, Diane Shannon, Ed Haynes, Andy Josey, Peggy Houchin, Steve Tool, Dick DeCook, Madison Castle, Douglas Braden, Doug Hutchinson, John Woram, James Adell, Chase Eckerdt, Sonja Thompson, Karen Bennett, Ken Summers, Kurt Kastein,John Fogle, Darin Knudson, Douglas Riley, Irene Josey, Larry Roche, Quentin Price, Carolyn Schultz, James Ling, Julie Morain, Lisa Powell, Kimberly Hayes, Larry Bruns, Randy and Becka Fitzgerald, John Primsky, Kraig and Shirley Peel, Don Dazlich, Matt Fries, Hugh McKean, David Kaufman, Phyliss Ortman.
Cory Gardner reaches across party lines
If there is one thing I look for in an incumbent senator’s legislative record, it’s the ability to successfully and often reach across party lines to achieve sound, beneficial legislation for Colorado and the nation.
Cory Gardner’s record of bipartisan legislative sponsorship is stellar evidence that he is willing to support bills sponsored by Democrats as well as Republicans and that Democrats are willing to cosponsor bills introduced by Gardner.
The evidence lies in The Luger Center and Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy’s Bipartisan Index. Billed as “an objective measure of how well members of opposite parties work with one another” the Index gives Gardner an impressive third-place “bipartisan” rank among all 100 U.S. senators for the 2019 legislative year.
In the current tense, divisive political and social federal government environment, effective bipartisan legislative action is both a rare and critical skill. Fortunately, Gardner has become known at the Capitol for his ability to craft and often pass collaborative legislation.
Here’s a short list: full funding for the over-budget Aurora VA hospital; introducing with Sen. Elizabeth Warren a bill to ensure states have the right to determine the best approach to marijuana within their borders, and the recently passed National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, replacing the 10-digit hotline with three-digit 988 number.
With his outstanding bipartisan track record, I’ll be voting for incumbent Senator Gardner this November.
Shelly Kalkowski, Fort Collins
Cory Gardner has worked hard for Colorado
Why am I supporting Sen. Cory Gardner?
Cory was ranked the third-most bipartisan senator and has a proven record of working across the aisle.
Cory is the most effective federal representative in Colorado, with more bills signed into law than the entire rest of the Colorado congressional delegation. Cory understands a highly trained workforce will benefit Colorado, which is why he spearheaded several initiatives to promote workforce development and close the skills gap and help Coloradans find high-paying jobs.
He was awarded the Coalition of Social Sciences Association Distinguished Service Award, the American Geophysical Union’s Presidential Citation, and was named an American Wind Energy Association Wind Champion and a Solar Energy Industries Association Solar Champion.
He was named a Nature Conservancy Conservation Champion and Friend of the Outdoor Industry. Cory worked with members of both major parties to secure more than $300 million for transportation and infrastructure projects in Colorado, allowing families to spend less time stuck in traffic.
Most importantly, Cory has demonstrated his trust, honesty, and care for people. I’ve personally known Cory for many years, and I know who he really is when no one is looking.
Cory never was accused and/or convicted of mishandling taxpayers’ money for personal gain. I’m sticking with a person of integrity and a doer of what he says.
Ray Martinez, Fort Collins
Hickenlooper would put country before party
John Hickenlooper is the best candidate to represent Colorado in the Senate.
Recently, Cory Gardner was endorsed in part because “he is the only one in the race who truly wants the job.” This is a primary reason why I’m endorsing John Hickenlooper.
After a lifetime of watching politicians, it’s those who want the job who will do anything to keep it. As but one example, Gardner, a lawyer who should know better, was willing to vote for every individual nominated by his party for a lifetime judgeship, including those deemed by his own legal profession as unqualified for such a critical position in our judicial system.
There was never any doubt that he would vote the way his party leadership expected him to vote. The ideology of the nominee trumped qualifications for the job.
Once in office, Gardner recognized that the path to remaining in office in our Democrat-leaning state is to please the leadership of his party, even when it is not in the best interest of our state and country.
Help me elect John Hickenlooper, who didn’t want to run for the Senate, but is responding to citizens of Colorado who asked him to run. Let’s put someone in the Senate who will put his state and country above party.
William Rowley, Fort Collins
Cory Gardner truly wants the job
I am supporting Cory Gardner for Senate. He has always had my interest, the city of Fort Collins and the state of Colorado first in all his actions.
I first became acquainted with Cory when he was the congressional representative for Fort Collins and the surrounding area. He has always shown more empathy and support for the issues of Northern Colorado.
I know he is a committed and effective senator for Colorado. I can’t say the same for his opponent who really doesn’t want the job.
When disaster struck, Cory was there supporting us by securing the funding for rebuilding U.S. Highway 34 through the Big Thompson Canyon after the 2013 flood.
Another example of how he has our back was his fight to relocate the Bureau of Land Management’s headquarters to Grand Junction. I like the fact that he believes government operates best when it’s closest to the people it serves.
Please join me in helping re-elect the only one in the race who truly wants the job, has the interest of the state at heart and is an effective senator for Colorado.
Jim O’Neill, Fort Collins
John Hickenlooper is a proven leader
From where I stand, Cory Gardner is not getting the job done for everyday Coloradans.
In the midst of a pandemic, public schools in Colorado are without PPE, safe disinfecting solutions, and more supplies needed to keep students and teachers safe. Gardner’s refusal to stand up to senate Republicans and the Trump administration is putting the lives of educators and students at risk.
Gardner was elected to be a leader for the people of Colorado, but he has time and time again shown us that is not who he is. Gardner is much more comfortable deferring to Trump and corporate interests than he is in leading for everyday Coloradans.
As mayor of Denver and later governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper has proven himself a champion for educators, students, and public schools.
Hickenlooper will invest in public education to make sure its promise of being the great equalizer is fulfilled. Our problems are big and the fights ahead are many: We need a senator who will stand tall for Coloradans in the face of partisan pressure.
I’m voting for John because he has led us through a rock and a hard place before and we came out on the other side better because of it.
Chelsea Boyd, Fort Collins
Letters of support also were received from Alan Apt and Myles Baker.
Larimer County commissioner
Two candidates can lead us to a better future
If we have learned anything from the global pandemic, and 2020 in general, it’s that there’s no going back. Divided, sicker, weaker, our community needs leaders who can bring us together to move forward into a better future.
That’s why I support Jody Shadduck-McNally and Kristin Stephens for Larimer County commissioner.
The good old boys have had their run. Let’s put these two hardworking moms who know how to get things done on the county commission. Jody and Kristin are experienced, energetic, and smart. They know the issues that call out for attention, from affordable housing to smart growth, community health to fighting climate change, protecting our air and water to making county government accessible to all of us.
They know we must work together with our regional and state partners to plan for a better future to pass on to our children and our children’s children.
You can learn more about what they hope to accomplish on their websites, www.jodyforlarimer.com and www.kristinforlarimer.com, where you can also donate and volunteer to help get them elected.
No matter where you live, you get to vote for both Jody and Kristin.
Sometimes the best man for the job is a woman. In this case, it’s two women.
Eric Fried, Fort Collins
A letter of support for both candidates also was received from Mike O’Connell.
Kristin Stephens serves the community
Kristin Stephens works tirelessly to make our community and government more accessible now and in the future.
As a student, activist, and community member, I am proud to be supporting Stephens for District 2 county commissioner. I first met Kristin when I presented to the city council about snow removal in seventh grade. Instead of brushing me aside, she followed up in person and got me in contact with the head of the city Streets Department.
Kristin followed through the entire process while helping me learn about the importance of government. With constant, consistent, and impactful community outreach, Kristin is always acting with our community in mind. Her support of diverse boards and commissions ensure all voices are heard and make our government more accessible.
Kristin is leading with an emphasis on serving the community now and in the future. The implementation of broadband and transportation infrastructure will allow our community to continue to prosper.
Meanwhile, her focus on economic health, local business, and support for working families ensures that our community will be accessible to everyone for years to come. Through her environmental stewardship and climate advocacy, Kristin is working to protect our beautiful environment and natural surroundings.
Now is the time to act and Kristin understands that and is working with local municipal leaders to take action in protecting our environment.
I am supporting Kristin for her dedication to a more accessible government and investment in the future of Larimer County and all of its constituents.
Dylan Lindsey, Fort Collins
Kristin Stephens is committed to service
As a lifelong Larimer County resident, a mother, and a research associate at Colorado State University for almost 15 years, I believe Kristin Stephens is the best choice for Larimer County commissioner. Kristin has successfully served on the Fort Collins City Council for five years and more recently as the mayor pro-tem.
The issues Kristin is passionate about – helping families (especially those that are struggling), climate change and protecting the environment, supporting NoCo’s strengths in outdoor recreation, and building and sustaining the economic health and infrastructure of Larimer County – truly hit home for me. In my opinion, these priorities are the priorities of all Larimer County residents.
Although she has ample experience, Kristin is not a politician. She is a mother of three amazing children and a dedicated, long-time citizen of Fort Collins and Larimer County.
I have known Kristin for 10+ years and she is one of the smartest, kindest, and most dedicated people I know.
Her commitment to serving all of the citizens of Larimer County is genuine and I know that she will work hard every day she is in office.
With endorsements from Congressman Joe Neguse, Commissioner John Kafalas, Loveland Mayor Jacki Marsh, and state Reps. Jeni Arndt and Cathy Kipp, it is obvious that Kristin has the experience and connections to serve the county’s citizens as commissioner.
I strongly support Kristin Stephens for Larimer County commissioner, District 2.
Kathryn “Katie” McGirr, Fort Collins
Letters of support also were received from Deb Stanley, Ruth Fleming, Saul Hopper and Patricia Miller.
Support Republicans for commissioner
Little known fact: Larimer County is one of the best run counties in the country.
We are among only 3% of counties with a AAA bond rating and numerous awards for outstanding financial management. This didn’t happen by accident. It happened because of sound governance by Republican elected officials, our county commissioners. That could all change in November.
We have a choice then between the two Republican candidates; both experienced business men, one a former state legislator with in-depth knowledge of state government, each lifelong country residents, and the two Democrat challengers, neither with anything near the depth of experience the Republicans offer.
Based on personal experience alone, the choice is a no brainer, but there is more at issue in this race than just experience. The increasingly left-wing governing philosophy of Democrats in our state and across the country has to be considered.
Look at what has happened in Democrat-run municipalities across the country. Unchecked violence, destruction of property, and moves by local government to defund law enforcement. Think it can’t happen here? Think again. The very liberal Fort Collins City Council is considering that very thing, having formed a committee to do so immediately after the Minneapolis riots.
Whether due to experience or governing mentality, it makes no sense to disrupt the successful governance of Larimer County: Vote for the Republican candidates, Ben Aste and Bob McCluskey.
Jeff Pace, Fort Collins
A letter of support for Ben Aste also was received from Kurt Albers.
District attorney, 8th Judicial District
Gordon McLaughlin will bring change
I support Gordon McLaughlin for district attorney in the 8th Judicial District, which covers Larimer and Jackson counties.
The DA’s office is operating in a hidebound, out-of-date manner, and it’s time to change to a more common sense, humanitarian method of law enforcement, which McLaughlin has the knowledge and experience to accomplish.
On any day, there are 500 to 600 people incarcerated in Larimer County, most only awaiting sentencing, and not charged with any crime. McLaughlin would institute a diversion program that will end presentencing incarceration for petty crimes such as neglecting to pay a fine, shoplifting, or public intoxication.
He would also end the cash bail system, which provides liberty only for those who can afford it.
Reducing incarceration will save the county the $30,000 per-year-per-prisoner cost of housing people in jail, essentially paying their living expenses.
McLaughlin has said that people who pose no threat should not be held in jail; that jail does not rehabilitate people and that alternative methods are more likely to reduce crime for low-level offenses.
In June, Larimer County began construction on a $75 million expansion project that will add 250 beds to the jail and $7.5 million per year in expenses to the county to house those extra people.
With Gordon McLaughlin as DA, we will end the unfair incarceration protocols in the 8th Judicial District, saving millions of dollars in the process.
Judith Powers, Fort Collins
A letter of support also was received from Peter Moore.
Mitch Murray has leadership experience
From where I stand, Assistant District Attorney Mitch Murray is the clear choice for district attorney for Larimer and Jackson counties.
When I first met Mitch in the late 1980s, he was a district court bailiff and I was testifying in felony criminal cases as a law enforcement officer. This was even before he took on the role of prosecuting attorney for our 8th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
Ever since, I have known Mitch to be thoughtful, reasonable, and fair in his decision-making and in his approach to criminal cases.
I have observed Mitch grow in his ability to successfully prosecute serious local offenders time and time again, achieve consensus with defense attorneys, and develop effective leadership skills while he progressed through supervisory and management positions within our local district attorney’s office.
I have come to value his knowledge, his experience, and his civility as a key leader in our local criminal justice system. Experience in the courtroom and in leadership roles cannot be replaced my mere interest in the job.
This is the time to reward experience and leadership – please join me in voting for Mitch Murray for district attorney.
Andy Josey, Windsor
Colorado Senate, District 14
Joann Ginal shows leadership on key issues
Joann Ginal is a strong leader who has well represented Fort Collins in her years at the state House and Senate. It’s time to give her another term to continue working for us, especially in these difficult times.
Joann is a problem solver who tackles some of the most challenging issues facing Coloradans. As a scientist with a health care background, Joann is uniquely suited to address all the issues related to the pandemic.
She has repeatedly pushed drug manufacturers to reduce the pricing of medications that are causing financial hardship to families and seniors. She has sponsored research to document the impacts that oil and gas wells have upon our health and the health of our environment.
Joann knows that “climate fires” are a symptom of our warming climate and supports the urgent transition to clean, renewable energy.
Please support Joann Ginal for Colorado Senate to continue her stellar leadership on our behalf.
Gina C. Janett, Fort Collins
A letter of support also was received from William Timpson.
Ginal advocates for constituents
I was fortunate to meet Sen. Joann Ginal in spring 2018. Since that time, I have grown to understand her commitment to Fort Collins and how she had dedicated years of service to our city and state as a health care professional, bio-scientist, community leader and – since 2012 – a member of our state Legislature.
It is evident that her unique background and experience have brought impactful leadership to issues that matter most to her constituents, including affordable health care, accessible housing, economic recovery, and educational opportunity.
In this unprecedented time, I want a leader who listens to her constituents and advocates for our well-being. I want a leader who brings her passion and experience to the Colorado General Assembly to help all of us successfully navigate the public health, economic and social crises we now face.
Please join me in voting for Sen. Joann Ginal on Nov. 3. She is the right choice for Fort Collins and Colorado Senate District 14.
Beth Jaeger, Fort Collins
Colorado House, District 49
Zokaie cares about education and business
I write in support of Yara Hanlin Zokaie for Colorado House District 49.
As both an educator and small business owner, I believe that Yara will represent my interests in the Colorado legislature, and I urge you to vote for her on Nov. 3.
As a former high school science teacher, I know firsthand the importance of education in our children’s lives, and I understand the hardship that our schools are facing due to the coronavirus pandemic.
I know that Yara, who is a young mother of two boys, cares deeply about the future of
the children in our state.
As the co-owner of a preschool, I know that Yara will also be the best advocate for the issues I currently face as a small business owner. I’m worried about what will happen to the small businesses in Northern Colorado as we continue to see the fallout from the economic conditions caused by the coronavirus, and our federal government has done little to mitigate the damage.
Yara speaks to the worries that small business owners like myself have in this current climate. Her background as a tax attorney representing small businesses shows me that she has the requisite knowledge to help us rebuild.
I hope that Larimer County residents, regardless of political affiliation, will join me in support of Yara Hanlin Zokaie for Colorado House District 49 on Nov. 3.
Allison Gooderum, Fort Collins
Colorado House, District 52
Kipp has worked hard on energy, education
State Rep. Cathy Kipp has worked tirelessly for the last two years to represent our district with the utmost integrity and success.
She serves on two important House committees – the Education Committee and the Energy and Environment Committee. I have seen her in action at the Capitol and in our
community listening to her constituents and asking the tough questions on important bills.
She successfully passed the Energy Code Bill and Appliance Standard Bill in 2019, which former governor Bill Ritter said would save Colorado over $1 billion over the next decade on energy efficiency.
She is very well respected among her colleagues at the Capitol on both sides of the aisle.
She is very passionate about education and providing opportunities for our children. Education funding has been the focus of much of her volunteer work over the last decade. She has served as president and vice-president of Poudre School District Board of Education.
Education is the key to income mobility and equality in this high-tech economy. Cathy is a great champion.
Cathy also has held numerous “driveway hours” in this pandemic for constituents and has helped with all kinds of problems like unemployment insurance and small business issues. She is very fiscally minded and follows the numbers incredibly well.
Please vote for Cathy Kipp to continue representing HD 52 for the next session. She has represented us well and is a great community leader.
Susan McFaddin, Fort Collins