QUESTION: Why do you feel you are the best candidate?
ANSWER: My background as a small business owner and a state senator uniquely qualifies me to represent the people of the 4th District. As a business owner, I have dealt with balancing budgets, unreasonable government regulations, and providing a quality product to our customers. This brings common-sense experience to my votes. I have made the hard decisions, and made the tough votes, day-in and day-out. I have built coalitions and worked across the aisle without compromising principles. That combination of hands-on experience as a small business owner and my track record as a proven conservative senator make me the best candidate.
Q: What are you most proud of in your professional life?
A: I have loved working with my father and our dedicated employees in our family concrete business. We have built foundations for over 7,000 homes in northern Colorado which has helped families realize the American dream. We have provided opportunities for our employees and their families for over 42 years. I am grateful for the opportunity to develop property and bring several businesses to northern Colorado. The quality of life in northern Colorado has grown through the amenities built in our developments including day care facilities, restaurants, grocery store, banking services, health and fitness facilities, animal care and coming soon a hotel.
Q: What issues do you think are the most important in your district and what will you do to address them?
A: Our $17 trillion national debt and federal unfunded liabilities are catastrophic for future taxpayers and economic growth. It is crippling our economy and is the greatest danger facing our country. I’m committed to fighting any effort to increase the national debt and will work tirelessly to reduce spending. Tough reforms have to be made. I will build coalitions in the House to do that. Additionally, we must limit government intrusion in our lives by protecting private property rights of farmers and ranchers across the southeast by fighting the National Heritage Area, and helping to ensure the Northern Integrated Supply Project clears bureaucratic log-jams.
Q: Do you feel there is a disconnect between voters and elected officials? If so, how can that be changed?
A: I believe the disconnect between voters and politicians comes from citizens natural aversion to the worst traits of politicians. When a politician tells the voters one thing during the primary, and changes his mind for the general election, that breaks the trust of the voters. When a politician makes a backroom deal, it cements that distrust in the minds of the voters. I’m a man who is grounded in my faith, honest, and listens to the voters. You know what you get with me; I haven’t changed and will stand firm. I’m not a lawyer or a career politician, just a concrete guy.