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Meet the candidates: House District 15

Election 2020
Posted at 5:36 AM, Oct 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-16 07:36:25-04

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House District 15 is currently represented by Dave Williams (R) for east El Paso County.

House District 15

The candidates in this upcoming General Election for House District 15 are John Pyne IV (D), Dave Williams (R), and Mike McRedmond (L).

We sent out a questionnaire to the candidates regarding the recovery of COVID-19 economic impacts, legislation they hope to introduce and what they think should be done to help fund our schools. Here are the responses from the candidates who participated:

John Pyne IV

John Pyne IV

John Pyne IV did not respond to our questionnaire that was sent out to the candidates.

Dave Williams

Rep. Dave Williams

Q: How should the General Assembly work to recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19?

A: The coronavirus pandemic and artificial economic shutdown has devasted many families in our state. As the health crisis abates, our goal should be to reopen our economy by getting Coloradans back to work and helping small businesses get back on their feet. We can get the job done by pushing for adequate federal relief while eliminating burdensome state taxation and over regulation that stifles business activity. Additionally, the Governor needs to start loosening restrictions and allow all citizens the ability to earn a living again.

Q: If elected, what is one piece of legislation you hope to introduce and why?

A: We need legislation that will stop Governor Jared Polis from selling staff positions within his administration to corporations or special interests groups. This is the definition of "pay-to-play" and the corruption needs to stop now. Regular Coloradans can't compete against wealthy interests who buy political influence. Stopping this shameful practice dead in its tracks will be a top priority.

Q: School funding has become a topic of discussion in recent years- what do you think needs to be done to fund our schools?

A: We need to pass legislation that ensures more money makes its way into the classrooms for our students and teachers. Too often taxpayer dollars are lost to school administrations that grow their own bureaucracies rather than being used to educate our children. Additionally, we are not getting our fair share of federal dollars for Colorado schools. We can fight to make certain that Colorado is receiving the maximum amount of federal money that our education system is entitled to.

Mike McRedmond

Mike McRedmond has not provided a photo at this time.

Q: How should the General Assembly work to recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19?

A: The Covid 19 measures should have been advisory not mandatory

Q: If elected, what is one piece of legislation you hope to introduce and why?

A: Serious police reform. Eliminate implied immunity, end no knock raids, hold police accountable.

Q: School funding has become a topic of discussion in recent years- what do you think needs to be done to fund our schools?

A: I would like to end government schools, but since the people do not desire this, I would strongly advocate for educational choice through a school voucher system. Parents know what is best for their children.

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Key Dates and Deadlines

Fri, Oct. 9: First Ballots Mailed Out to Colorado Voters; Ballot Drop-Offs Open

Mon, Oct. 12: Last Day to Register to Vote Via Registration Drive

Mon, Oct. 19: Some Voter Polling & Service Centers Open (See County Clerk's Office for locations)

Mon, Oct. 26: Last Day to Register to Vote and Receive a Mailed Ballot

Fri. Oct. 30: Additional Voter Polling & Service Centers Open (See County Clerk's Office for locations)

Tues, Nov. 3: Election Day - Ballots Due by 7:00 p.m.

Thu, Nov. 12: Military/Overseas Ballot Due Delivered by Date

Fri, Nov. 13: Deadline for Counties to Tabulate All Ballots

Thu, Dec. 3: Last Day for Counties to Report Results

Thu, Dec. 10: Last Day to Complete a Recount