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This campaign for our new Colorado House District 26 is about two different visions of where we want to go in the 21st century and how we can get there. My vision is a just, equitable, sustainable, prosperous Colorado with equal economic and educational opportunities for all. Essential to this vision are a dynamic economy with jobs that pay a living wage; a clean, healthy environment; an all-of-the-above energy portfolio; robust local agriculture; adequate water supply; affordable, quality health and wellness care; quality P-20 public education; and well-maintained transportation and telecommunications infrastructure.
To work for this vision as your state representative, I will cultivate our common ground, ditch the partisan bickering and heated ideological rhetoric and work earnestly across the partisan divide and the Continental Divide to make a better Colorado for all of us and all our children, just as I have as your two-term Routt County commissioner.
My priorities will be to revitalize our economies and communities for a 21st century Colorado by working across the aisle to solve our state fiscal/budget crisis, partnering with business, nonproﬁts and my fellow legislators to protect and strengthen our three key economic assets — environment, people and infrastructure — so that small businesses, our major job creators, can thrive.
The environment is critical to our economy because our clean air, free-ﬂowing rivers, clean water, views and wildlife habitat attract new businesses, entrepreneurs and highly skilled professionals in health care, high tech and emergency services. If we harm the environment, it is costly and difﬁcult to clean up. We need to prevent degradation and hold operators ﬁnancially responsible for any environmental damage. If we fail to do that, we harm our economy and our children’s future.
Our caring, innovative, energetic, hard-working people and our children are our future. We need to invest in P-20 education and in our health and wellness industry to help individuals, families and businesses in House District 26.
Investing in our transportation and communication infrastructure, especially via public private/partnerships, is essential for economic vitality. We cannot afford to let our highways, transit facilities, pedestrian and bike improvements or our airports deteriorate.
Public and private investment in higher broadband speeds and facilities such as carrier-neutral locations is essential for growth. We need partnerships that let the market work for a 21st century broadband and telecommunication infrastructure in our house district. Promising partnerships for better broadbrand at the state and regional levels are emerging. We must nurture them.
I have fostered local partnerships for transportation solutions with small businesses and the Chamber, throughout the Western Slope and across the partisan divide and the Continental Divide on the Club 20 board, Gov. John Hickenlooper’s transition team for transportation, and the Statewide Transportation Advisory Committee. I successfully have negotiated to secure funds for local/regional multimodal transportation improvements.
I continue to support balanced, responsible all-of-the-above energy development, including renewables, efﬁciency, coal and oil and gas development that uses best-management practices. Best-management practices reduce noise, visual impact and spills, and they protect our air, water, wildlife and the health of our communities. They must include pre-testing to establish baseline air and water quality, and ongoing monitoring by independent, third-party scientists.
As a candidate for HD 26, I have listened to businesses in Eagle and Routt counties. Their No. 1 concern is access to credit. Expanding on the Colorado Angel Investor Act that gives tax incentives to investors who back small, local businesses that create jobs here really would help local businesses.
My leadership experience in local government, 26 years as a faculty member at CSU and CMC and 12 years working with Sore Saddle Cyclery and Moots Cycles gives me a unique toolkit of strategies for problem solving. I am a skilled, successful negotiator, pragmatic and visionary, ﬁscally disciplined and compassionate. That’s why I am endorsed for this seat by a variety of groups: Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, Colorado Ski Country USA and environmental, labor, pro-choice, education, health and community organizations.
My record, endorsements and testimonials detailed at www.dianeforcolorado.com show that I listen to all my constituents, examine all the evidence, walk my talk and work across the partisan divide and the Continental Divide for compassionate, ﬁscally responsible, sustainable and common-sense solutions to beneﬁt all of us and all our children. I would be honored to have your vote on Nov. 6.
Steamboat Springs resident and Routt County Commissioner Diane Mitsch Bush is the Democratic candidate for House District 26 representing Routt and Eagle counties. Learn more at www.dianeforcolorado.com.