To date, five Republicans have officially declared their campaigns for the highest office in Colorado and on Thursday, Jan. 30, one of those candidates will be in Summit County to discuss with voters why he is running to unseat Gov. John Hickenlooper in November.
“I firmly believe Colorado has a great opportunity to do the right thing moving forward,” said GOP candidate and Brighton resident Steve House. “The Republicans can’t win in November by making angry voters even angrier. We need to bring people together and decide on a shared vision for Colorado’s future.”
Born in Fowlerville, Mich., House first came to Colorado in 1988 on a four-year stint while working as a service and sales manager for Philips Medical Systems.
In total, he’s spent more than 30 years in the health care industry.
He returned to Colorado nearly a decade ago, and in addition to being a health care consultant, House is a small-business owner.
Although he is the current chairman of the Adams County Republican Party, House doesn’t consider himself to be a politician. It is his business background that leads House to think he is uniquely qualified to facilitate a conversation about Colorado’s future and to implement that vision in the years to come.
“The one thing that is different about me is I’m not a career politician and I’ve never been elected to public office,” House said. “The question people will need to consider in November is whether they want to continue more than four decades of electing politicians or hire a businessman with a new vision, new goals and (who) is motivated to see Colorado prosper into the future.”
Although House is looking for people to share their visions for Colorado’s future, he has a few ideas of his own. On Thursday he plans to outline the four key principles of his campaign platform: stimulating economic growth, reforming the state’s educational system, implementing technology to improve Colorado’s health care system and reducing the size of government.
The key to House’s vision is stimulating economic growth, which he thinks is achievable by expanding the energy sector through the responsible development of Colorado’s natural resources. It’s a plan that goes hand in hand with Summit County’s largely tourist-based economy, House said.
“The beautiful thing about Colorado is the connection between energy and tourism,” House said. “With best practices in place, we can expand the energy sector and add jobs to the economy. More jobs would drive down income and property taxes, which would also fuel more tourist activity in places like Summit County.”
House’s Summit County community meeting takes place at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Summit County Community and Senior Center, 0083 Nancy’s Place in Frisco.