Colorado State House District 24 candidate Q&A

Lindsey Daugherty

Democratic Party

AGE
35
RESIDENCE
Arvada
PROFESSION
Attorney
EDUCATION
University of Northern Iowa, BA in political science and University of Denver, J.D.
EXPERIENCE
State House Representative for HD 29, attorney, intern and law clerk in Washington D.C. in the House, Senate, and Obama administration

What are your top three priorities for the next legislative session?
1. Investing in public education and the safety and well-being of our children.
2. Creating jobs and ensuring that Colorado is an affordable place for families to grow and thrive.
3. Reforming the juvenile criminal justice system.

The chamber may see split Democrat-Republican control next year. On what issues do you see common ground with the opposite party?
Everyone can agree that we need to lower inflation and get our economy back on track. The cost of living has gone up significantly here in Colorado, and I want to come up with effective, bipartisan solutions so that every Colorado has the opportunity to thrive. Last session, my bipartisan bill SB22-182 creates and funds the “Economic Mobility Program” which helps to provide free tax filing assistance to Coloradans eligible for credits like the CTC and EITC. Together, we can make life a little bit easier and more affordable for working families across the state.

What perspective or background would you bring to the chamber that is currently missing?
Having grown up in Colorado, I understand firsthand the unique issues facing Coloradans. As a lawyer, I always do my best to use my legal training to take a sensible, pragmatic approach to passing legislation that improves the lives of my constituents. Furthermore, as a small business owner myself, I recognize the challenges facing many small businesses across the state.

What more can the state legislature do to ease housing costs across Colorado?
For many, affordable housing does not even exist. This needs to be addressed as families should not be pushed out of their homes for unmanageable growth. Furthermore, you should be able to live where you work. I supported SB22-159, which created a revolving loan program to finance affordable workhouse housing, senior housing, housing designed for people living with disabilities and more. I also supported SB22-146, which expanded critical workforce housing so that middle-income families can access affordable housing in the communities they work in, among other housing legislation. The state legislature needs to continue to invest in affordable housing options so that families can continue to thrive here in Colorado.

Do you support the current law on fentanyl possession and resources for treatment?
I do support the current law on fentanyl possession and resources for treatment. I have story after story of devastating fentanyl deaths in my own district. We must do everything we can in order to get fentanyl off the streets as well as increasing resources for treatment. My number one priority as a state legislator is to keep the people of Colorado safe. This is why I will continue to fight to protect Coloradoans from the devastating effects of fentanyl deaths and to continue expanding resources to those who are actively struggling with addiction.

Bill Patterson

Republican Party

AGE
57
RESIDENCE
Arvada
PROFESSION
Entrepreneur
EDUCATION
BS (Northwestern) ChemEng, MS (CWRU) ChemEng, MBA (UChicago), PhD Business (Cardiff)
EXPERIENCE
I have never been a politician. When I had to lay off employees and nearly close my business, I decided it was time for change.

What are your top three priorities for the next legislative session?
Crime in our neighborhoods has skyrocketed, including deadly crimes, due to relaxed laws which favor criminals. While supporting mental health needs of criminals, I will prioritize legislation that makes neighborhoods safe and supports first responders.

Legislators have passed new fees, driving up our cost of living. I will support rolling back overreaching regulations and fees that are making Colorado so expensive, including the new delivery fee that even makes delivered pizza more expensive.

Not enough education funding reaches our classrooms. I will support legislation that allocates more funding to increasing teacher pay and ensuring parents are partners in public education.

The chamber may see split Democrat-Republican control next year. On what issues do you see common ground with the opposite party?
I see common ground on efforts to reduce the cost of health insurance in Colorado. Although legislators have spoken about their desires to drive down costs, we have recently heard many will see health insurance premiums increase over 10% next year. There are real solutions to driving down premium costs that we can achieve.

I also see common ground on protecting our environment and fire mitigation. We all appreciate the great Colorado outdoors and want to protect our properties against fire. I believe we can work together to expand fire prevention efforts and protect the environment using current funding streams.

What perspective or background would you bring to the chamber that is currently missing?
I am a problem solver with a business leader’s perspective of creating win/win solutions. I run businesses creating jobs, signing paychecks, and building products. We have too many legislators whose only experience is creating laws. We need a representative who, just like most of us, seeks to create solutions that work for all people.

What more can the state legislature do to ease housing costs across Colorado?
While local governments decide building codes that determine if single or multi-family units can be built and many have growth limits, legislators can make an impact. We can lower the fees and regulations which are increasing the costs of building housing. We know those who were impacted by the Marshall fire are experiencing thousands in increased costs to rebuild due to new home building regulations. I will work to reduce these regulations to drive down the cost of housing. I will also work to reduce the regulations on condos to increase the variety of housing available in our market.

Do you support the current law on fentanyl possession and resources for treatment?
In 2019 legislators voted to decriminalize possession of 4 grams of fentanyl or less, which studies show has led to deaths of hundreds of our neighbors and skyrocketing crime rates. In 2022 legislators updated legislation but left possession of up to a gram of fentanyl decriminalized. That’s still enough to kill hundreds of our fellow citizens per gram. That is inexcusable. We must give our law enforcement and prosecutors the tools they need to stop these deaths by recriminalizing any amount of fentanyl. I support providing resources for treatment and would support allocating resources to prevention and mental health supports.

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How candidate order was determined: A lot drawing was held at the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office on Aug. 3 to determine the general election ballot order for major and minor party candidates. Colorado law (1-5-404, C.R.S.) requires that candidates are ordered on the ballot in three tiers: major party candidates followed by minor party candidates followed by unaffiliated candidates. Within each tier, the candidates are ordered by a lot drawing with the exception of the office of Governor and Lt. Governor, which are ordered by the last name of the gubernatorial candidate.

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