Perry Buck doesn’t hesitate when answering what issue needs to be addressed the most in Colorado House District 49.
“Jobs,” Buck said.
Buck, a Republican, is running against Democrat James Shelton for the open seat left vacant when B.J. Nikkel, R-Loveland, was moved out of 49 and into District 51.
District 49 incorporates Windsor, a little bit of Johnstown, Estes Park and the rest of Larimer County with the exception of the city of Loveland and the city of Fort Collins.
Buck, a political activist and business owner who is also the wife of Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck, said water storage and energy of all forms also must be looked at closely.
“I look at small businesses as really the backbone of Colorado’s industry,” Buck said. “Right now, there’s many uncertainties. There’s uncertainties of what their energy costs are going to be, the uncertainties of their health care, uncertainties in the fees that may be implemented. What I’d like to do is help create those certainties for small businesses so they can move forward.”
Buck said she’s a big proponent of the Northern Integrated Supply Project, which would create two new reservoirs, one in Galeton and one outside of Fort Collins.
“I think it’s absolutely crucial, especially for agriculture, and I’m a big supporter on agriculture,” Buck said.
Buck said residents in District 49 need to have choices when it comes to education, whether it’s home-schooling, charter schools or vouchers.
“I think we need to look at all of the above,” she said. “I think right now we’ve got a system that we think one size fits all and it doesn’t.”
Buck said she is a conservative Republican.
“I believe in less government, fiscal responsibility and personal responsibility, and those are the three principles that I hope to carry down there at the Legislature,” Buck said. “I think it’s the people that should be running the state and not the government. I would say that the Democrats are thinking more government, and I want less government. The people that elect me, I hope to make them very proud.”
Buck is a firm believer that people need to get involved.
“I tell everybody that I think they need to get involved in your library districts, planning commissions, parks and rec boards. People need to get involved in their communities,” Buck said.
Buck said her love for politics started when her mother served on the school board for eight years. Her father served as county commissioner for eight years and served in the House for two terms.
“It’s either a genetic problem or it’s just the people I associate myself with,” Buck laughed.