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State House - Dist. 32

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    Dominick Moreno (D) Commerce City Mayor Pro Tem

  • Paul "Boots" Reimer (R)

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Briefly describe the three biggest issues facing your constituents.

Name an issue where you have disagreed or are likely to disagree with your party's legislative leadership?

What is the top reason voters should support you over your opponent?

The state's sales tax is now at 2.9 percent after being cut from 3 percent by lawmakers in 1999. Meanwhile, the state's income tax was at 5 percent in 1999 but has since been cut to 4.63 percent by lawmakers. Are there conditions under which you would support asking voters to raise sales and income taxes back up to their 1999 levels? If so, describe them.

Name one law you would repeal in Colorado state legislature

A major criticism of the Senior Homestead Exemption program is that it gives a property tax break to qualifying seniors, regardless of their wealth. Would you support a means test for the Senior Homestead Exemption?

Should the legislature pass a law allowing the university to set its own policies on carrying weapons on campus?

Do you support efforts to charge lower tuition than the out-of state rate for children of illegal immigrants at Colorado’s public colleges and universities?

Would you support a law returning the power to appoint trustees in the 10 largest counties back to the county government?

Would you support a law requiring online retailers to charge sales tax?

Would you support statewide rules that increase setbacks for oil and gas drilling near residential areas?

Do you support efforts to repeal defense of marriage act which bans Gay marriage in Colorado?

Do you support the legal recognition of civil unions?

Would you support referring to voters a tax increase a ballot question to support transportation improvement?

Many critics of Colorado's initiative petition process say it's too easy to amend the state constitution and that this has had negative results for the state. Would you support asking voters to make it harder to amend the constitution?

Would you support adding a "personhood" amendment to the Colorado Constitution, declaring a fertilized human egg to be a person and to have the fundamental legal protections a person has?

Do you agree with Roe v. Wade?

If no, do you believe in an exception for rape/incest?

Do you support Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act?

Do you support greater transparency and access to government records?

Would you fight against rules that weaken public access to government?

How would you address the challenged Colorado economy and seek to impact job growth?

Has the legislature done enough to reform PERA, or should additional measures be taken? If so, what would you advocate?

Hometown Commerce City
Current City Commerce City
Campaign Phone (720) 985-1132
Age 29
Education Bachelor's degree in American Government from Georgetown University, Adams City High School, Valedictorian of the Class of 2003
Endorsements American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees, American Federation of Teachers- Colorado, Colorado AFL-CIO, Colorado Conservation Voters, Colorado Education Association, Colorado Fraternal Order of Police, Colorado Professional Fire Fighters, Denver Metro Association of Realtors, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Metro North Chamber of Commerce, Pipefitters Local 208, SEIU Local 105, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7
Community Service ACCESS Housing Board of Directors, Adams 14 Education Association Board of Directors, Community Health Services Board of Directors, Habitat for Humanity, Rotary Club of Commerce City
Incumbent? No
Military Service N/A
Adams County families have been hit hard by the recession. We need to increase access to good-paying jobs for our community. House District 32 has one of the highest high school drop out rates. We need to improve our education system and make sure all kids graduate with the knowledge and skills to go to college or enter the workforce. Lastly, we need to make sure Adams County gets our fair share of funds to make improvements to our transportation network.
I may disagree with party leadership on the issue of repealing the business personal property tax. But if elected I am accountable to my constituents, not party leadership.
I have the experience, education and background to be an effective voice for our community in the State House. As a city councilmember, I passed legislation that made city government more efficient and helped local businesses expand and hire more workers. I also pushed to eliminate a taxpayer-funded retirement system exclusively for elected officials, ultimately saving taxpayers over $250,000. I will bring my track record of producing results to work for you in the state legislature.
Yes. Colorado's population has grown exponentially in the last ten years alone. The state is struggling to continue to provide services at the level that our residents expect. I support asking voters to return tax rates to pre-1999 levels.
I would repeal the business personal property tax because it is often a deterrent for businesses to expand and make improvements. However, the legislature must find a way to replace the revenue lost if the tax is to be repealed.
It's important that the senior property tax break goes to seniors who financially need it. I am open to finding ways in which the Senior Homestead Exemption can go to the most needy seniors.
Yes. Universities should decide this issue for themselves.
Yes. Many undocumented students came to the USA at a very young age and Colorado is the only home they've ever known. I went to high school alongside undocumented students and they should have access to the same opportunities that I was afforded.
I do not fully understand why it was decided that the appointment of trustees in certain counties should rest with the Governor's office. I will research this issue further.
Yes. Requiring online retailers to collect state sales tax would level the playing field between local, "mom and pop" businesses and large out-of-state businesses. However, it's critical that the legislature find a constitutional way to apply the law.
Yes. The current setbacks do not provide a sufficient barrier between residential areas and heavy industrial drilling. I plan to work with both citizens and the oil and gas industry to come to the right balance.
Yes. However, the the defense of marriage act was adopted by a majority of Colorado voters and it's up to Colorado voters to remove it.
Yes. I don't believe we should order places of worship to recognize same-sex unions but government has a responsibility to provide equal opportunity to all citizens- including access to necessary legal protections to care for the person you love.
Yes. Currently, Colorado is not able to generate enough funds to maintain our current transportation network. Voters should be able to decide if they want to invest in needed transportation projects.
Yes. The Colorado Constitution is one of the longest state constitutions in the country because the initiatives have been relatively easy to pass. Constitutions should be a framework for effective governance. We have gotten away from this principle in Colorado and voters deserve to weigh in on this issue.
No.
Yes. I believe women should be empowered to make their own health decisions.
N/A
I worry that Amendment 64 takes away control from local governments. I am also wary of adopting yet another amendment to our state constitution. Ultimately, this is an issue for voters to decide.
Yes. It's important that government is transparent and accessible to citizens.
Yes. The public deserves unfettered access to their government.
I will rely on my experience at the local level helping businesses expand and create jobs to guide legislation in the State House. We need to make sure that the incentives we currently offer to businesses are actually creating good-paying jobs and that companies are hiring locally whenever possible.
The legislature recently worked to prolong PERA's solvency and protect retirement benefits. As long as PERA remains solvent, further action is likely not necessary.
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