Fitz-Gerald holds old-fashioned campaign fund raiser and BBQ |

Fitz-Gerald holds old-fashioned campaign fund raiser and BBQ

FRISCO – Almost 25 people attended an old-fashioned, campaign fund raiser and barbecue to support Democratic State Sen. Joan Fitz-Gerald in Frisco this weekend.

Tom Glass, who held Fitz-Gerald’s seat in the 1980s, and his wife, Tracy, hosted the gathering from 5-7 p.m. Sunday.

Fitz-Gerald is a member of the Senate Education Committee and chairperson of the Business, Finance and Labor Committee. As chair, she has earned a reputation of balancing the needs of Colorado businesses with those of working families.

“I have broad-based support, from industries to the League of Conservative Voters, and that brings a tremendous amount of responsibility to balance the interest and needs of all sides of the spectrum with the interest and needs of my constituents,” Fitz-Gerald said.

She has won kudos from Colorado Ski Country USA for her commitment to the state’s sports industry and has sponsored Senate Bill 107, which prohibits health insurers from denying benefits to individuals injured while skiing or snowboarding. Her first priority this session is to adapt the state budget to the $200 million worth of cuts the state will be forced to make.

“Our priorities are going to have to truly show,” she said. “Certainly, I think it’s necessary to protect the education money.”

Also, she’s interested in seeing developers pay their fair share for schools and transportation, and she’s like to see more development of affordable housing, especially in the high country, she said. Fitz-Gerald raised $600 at the fund raiser, she said.

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