LONGMONT — Colorado’s economy and education system are among the top concerns of candidates running for the state Legislature, they said Thursday during a candidates forum at Longmont High School.
Each candidate was granted three minutes to address the audience.
Senate District 16
Joan Fitz-Gerald, a Democrat seeking re-election in Senate District 16, listed affordable, accessible health care, a stable retirement fund and low college tuition as some of her top priorities.
“I have served in the worst of times,” she said, reciting previous, large budget cuts that were felt by “real people.”
But, she said, thanks to Referendum C, Colorado is on its way to economic recovery.
Still, tourism is down and Colorado’s face is changing with challenges such as the pine beetle epidemic, she said, adding that a creative solution must be found.
If re-elected, Fitz-Gerald said, she will make sure the state lives up to its expectation.
Fitz-Gerald is challenged by Tim Leonard and Marty Neilson, though neither attended the forum.
House District 11
Republican Catherine Jarrett, a newcomer to politics who is challenging incumbent Democrat Jack Pommer for House District 11 seat, said she believes in the rule of law, fiscal responsibility and the right to bear arms.
Affordable education and the protection of marriage are among her top priorities.
“Children are better off in all measures of well-being when they have a mother and a father,” she said. In addition, she said the pre-born should be treated “as each of us would like to be treated.”