We need someone who is actually qualified to be our next State Treasurer. With a Master in Business Administration (MBA) with an emphasis in Finance, and my private sector background in investment and cash management – I’m the only candidate qualified to be our next State Treasurer. It’s a nice balance, 83% of my working years in the private sector and 17% in legislature – we will need this combination to fix Colorado’s problems.
While serving as a State Representative in South Jefferson County, I set the record for voting “no” in the legislature. It sounds like common sense, and that I’m just doing my job, but I actually have read every bill and amendment I’ve voted on. Unfortunately, I may have been the only on in the legislature to do so. The devil is always in the details, and a lot of piece of legislation should not become law. Someone had to be the adult in the room, and we can’t just arbitrarily spend taxpayers’ money on every pet project. We need to apply the same fiscal responsibility and make the same tough decisions that Colorado families must make. My record speaks for itself; I always put the taxpayers before the special interests.
When my family came to Colorado, we found better choices and more opportunity.
Jefferson County has been my home since 1978, when my parents moved to Colorado from New York. They were having a hard time finding a school that could meet my needs, but they refused to give up. They found ways to cut costs – turning off the TV at night and keeping one light on by the kitchen table so I could do my homework. Thanks to my parents’ sacrifices and the opportunities we found in Colorado, I was the poor kid in private school, but I made it through, becoming the first person in my family to graduate from college. I went on to earn an M.B.A. in Finance, Entrepreneurship and International Business from CU Denver and a J.D. from the Sturm College of Law at DU. I understand the struggles all families encounter and believe heavily in self-reliance and opportunity.
As a small business owner, I understand how heavy-handed government can be.
Prior to serving as a State Representative, I ran a small business in South Jeffco that specialized in business start-up, growth/investment management, financial management. When the economy struggled in the mid-2000’s, I transitioned the business to alternative dispute resolution, providing an efficient and cost-effective way for businesses to better manage internal and external disagreements. As a small business owner, you have to understand that sometimes it’s necessary to change and respond to market forces. Yet I understand how needlessly difficult it is to build and maintain a business in our current economic climate.
Champion of your liberties and the principles of limited government.
In 2013, I was the winner of the Goldwater Award from the Republican Liberty Caucus for being the legislator who “most consistently acts in defense of liberty and limited government in the state house.”
I am one of the top scorers in the Colorado Union of Taxpayers (CUT) ratings, twice receiving the House Champion Award. Principles of Liberty (POL) Scorecard ranked me #1 five out of my 6 years in the Colorado legislature (I missed #1 in 2016 by 6/10ths of a percent).
Again, my record speaks for itself: I will continue to be a fiscally conservative steward of your taxpayer dollars and Colorado’s finances.