Q and A
I prayed for approximately two years asking God to bring forth more godly men and women to participate in politics. After a rezoning issue in our area, I found myself frustrated with our current system and was encouraged by many of my neighbors to run for local office.
Biggest problem with my party
The biggest problem that I see with The Constitution Party (American Constitution Party in Colorado) is that the media tends to leave us “out of the loop”. When was the last time you heard about OUR Presidential candidate or saw him on TV (other than C-SPAN)? It appears a bit suspicious that there are typically only two parties with most of the coverage. The media is supposed to be impartial and I am pleased to say that Pirate Radio, The Greeley Tribune, The Longmont Times, and the Denver Post have given opportunities for our party to be included at the local level.
Three policy issues that set me apart from opponent
1. Our current Weld County Commissioner has been in office since 1993. She was our Commissioner for eight years, stepped out to work with the Governor and a local City, and then has been County Commissioner for another eight years. That’s what I would call a “career politician”. I am not a “career politician” nor do I plan to be one. I serve our community as a volunteer in many organizations including the Weld County Sheriff Posse, Colorado State Sheriff Posse, North East Colorado Peace Officer Association, the Holocaust Observance Memorial Committee of Greeley and Northern Colorado, the Groundwater Coalition of the South Platte River Basin, ten different food bank locations, and two community bands. I believe we are to serve and protect others whenever possible.
2. Ms. Kirkmeyer is a supporter of the Bright Futures program. The commissioners have “dedicated” $15 million in 2016 for this program. Rather than returning this money to whom it came from and letting them spend their own money in the way they see fit; our commissioners are helping to pay up to $12,000 for college for some Weld County residents. Our commissioners have made a socialist move in their choice to redistribute wealth. This only benefits a portion of our population, rather than the County as a whole or the taxpayers that worked for it originally. We already have the opportunity to “donate” any of our personal income towards the education of ourselves or anyone else. The government doesn’t need to be an instrument to do this. Remember they are also spending quite a bit on the advertising, public education of this program, and also its administration.
3. Our current Commissioners have restricted use of County Buildings. Buildings that have been built and maintained by tax payer money should be available to be used by those same people. Ms. Kirkmeyer was a supporter to stop public use of these buildings due to a fear of being sued. The current rule changes now favor only certain non-profit organizations that already have a agreements with the county, rather than being on a first come first serve basis when a room is available. This is actually the situation that would supposedly give cause to a lawsuit: allowing use of these facilities to some and not to others.
Biggest areas of agreement
- Our current Commissioner has been opposed to our government paying for the “morning after pill”. I personally am prolife from conception to natural death; and yes in ALL circumstances. I know individuals that have been born out of a terrible rape situation. The child should not be punished for the crimes of the parent. These children can grow to be a most beautiful blessing coming from something was meant for harm.
- I and Ms. Kirkmeyer both support the 2nd Amendment. Regardless of whether a person wants to carry their own protection or not; we have grown accustomed to being able to call for help when we need assistance. We expect the person that responds to be armed and able to provide that protection. Someone needs to be able to fill the gap between those that intend harm and those that are unable to protect themselves. There just might not be the time to wait for our local law enforcement.
- I have heard Ms. Kirkmeyer state that she also supports private property rights. Unfortunately, there have been some instances that there appears to be a particular individual with rights that are more worthy of protection than that of others. An example that comes to mind is how some lands were “condemned” for the sake of the Road 49 expansion. I have been told that there is currently 4.5 – 5 million dollars of lawsuits pending over this project. Our commissioners are spending a great deal of money on outside attorneys to continue litigation, rather than making some reasonable settlements.
How has marijuana sales impacted your community?
There has been quite an influx of additional emergency room visits for overdose situations, especially in children who now often have easier access to marijuana or products that contain it.
I also know of several cases where marijuana use in apartment buildings has negatively affected residents throughout the building. Some times the only resolution for people not wanting themselves, or their children, to share the second hand smoke; is to move to another property in hopes that this will not occur again. Some people get physically ill immediately, some have concerns about lung and heart damage over the long term, some are concerned about how it is affecting their children, others are concerned about drug testing at their jobs: even though they personally do not partake of the substance willingly, they might just have enough in their systems to make it appear that they do. A person may not always have an easy time of getting out of a lease in order to make a change that they feel is necessary.
Any new regulations needed regarding marijuana?
My personal preference would be to revoke the legislation legalizing it (with voter approval of course). It seems that there may be far more unintended consequences from the legalization than what many voters may have expected. We tend to think that we can NEVER go back to repair any legislative damage that occurs. We expect to be permanently stuck with it no matter how much we look at it with eyes of experience to deem something a poor choice. We are able to learn from our mistakes personally; there is no reason that we cannot do the same legislatively.
What is your position on growth?
Have you ever asked yourself when enough is enough? Can we be satisfied or content? I am not opposed to growth, but when I listen to many of the constituents in our area; there is a great deal of frustration at the break-neck speed of growth we have been having in our area. One of the big problems with growing too quickly is the tremendous demise of agricultural farm ground. Rather than utilizing lands that are not conducive to farming, but may take a little longer to develop; there has been a big rush to have shovel ready land which may have already undergone grading and other improvements in order for it to be prime farm land. We absolutely need to be looking toward the future and making sure that preserving farm ground is utmost priority. We have an extremely small amount of land with fertile soil that can accomplish the task of growing food in order to feed the entire earth. If we do not preserve what we have here we put the ability to remain sovereign at stake. We cannot expect to be fed by other nations as we have done for them.
How would you address the issue of affordable housing?
The cost of housing in our area has risen dramatically in Weld County. Part of this is due to the destruction of homes during the flood, part due to the government changing flood plains and not allowing homes to be in locations that had been deemed safe prior to this epic event, part due to the increase of laborers moving in for the jobs available in our area. New homes are being built to replace those destroyed, with the downturn of some of the oil and gas jobs, some of the demand will be lowered. For the most part, this is something that a free-market system takes care of on its own. When the government gets involved it tends to make matters worse.
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