Vicki Marble says there is too much regulation and taxation in the government, and she’s running for the Colorado Senate District 23 open seat to make some changes.
Marble, 59, a Republican from Fort Collins, is running against Broomfield Democrat Lee Kemp in a district that runs up and down the Interstate 25 corridor and encompasses western Weld County including Windsor, southeast Larimer County east of Interstate 25 and Broomfield.
“I think that the dreams we have should be accessible to all of us, and I want them to come true for my kids, your kids, my grandkids,” said Marble, a liquor store owner who also owns a bonding company. “A lot is expected of us as people. Right now, the government just isn’t giving us that avenue to explore. They really put the road blocks up. This is not the country that I was born in back in the 1950s.”
Marble knows what it takes to be competitive. She was a nationally ranked barrel racer on the professional rodeo circuit in the U.S. and Canada for 15 years. Marble said she decided to run for office because she thinks the country is getting worse.
“There is nothing changing. I think we need more true businesses that understand what regulation and taxation does to the economy,” Marble said. “Right now, Colorado is 50th in economic recovery. It’s really sad to think that this is the state we’re in. Why? We have seven counties in the state of Colorado with unemployment rates over 19.66 percent. That is not acceptable. Our state, under Gov. Ritter, suffered probably the most regulation increase that we’ve ever seen. Through that, our oil and gas industry was pretty much capped. We used to be among the top producers in energy in Colorado, and now we’re at the bottom of the barrel.”
Marble said the principles of small government need to be addressed.
“Government has grown 15 percent in the last 10 years compared to 1 percent for the private sector,” Marble said. “Our income as families has been reduced by about $4,500 a year, and then we’re looking at the possibility of our energy rates alone in the state of Colorado going up 1,000 percent between now and 2020.”
Marble is worried about water in northern Colorado and is concerned that the Northern Integrated Supply Project has been held up by government over-regulation.
“It became something that we saw that was needed, and then they applied for the permits 11 and 12 years ago and we have yet to see one gallon of water being stored,” she said. “NISP is a drop in the bucket. It’s already outdated. That’s 220,000 acre-feet of water. We need over a million. They haven’t even taken a teaspoonful of dirt out to start building it.”
Marble said the U.S. was built by hard-working people, not by the government.
“Government has far outgrown its foundation,” she said. “We need to get people in who understand the principles of freedom, liberty, small government and hard work.”
Marble would love to see Colorado adopt the Wisconsin model where teachers pay 2 percent more into their retirement account. She said it saved more than $500 per student and a total of $450 million.
“What I would like to see is a free market education system with school choice through tax credits and educational savings accounts,” she said. “These savings accounts would go for home-schoolers, religious schools, private schools, charter schools, public schools. You, the parent, would have control over where your child would be educated.”