Gary Lindstrom, Democrat, candidate for State Rep. District 56 |

Gary Lindstrom, Democrat, candidate for State Rep. District 56

Gary Lindstrom, Democratic candidate for State Rep. District 56

Gary Lindstrom


Colorado House of Representatives, 56th District, Eagle County

Heather Lemon, Republican

Gary M. Lindstrom, recently appointed to the Colorado House of Representatives, 56th District while serving as the Summit County Commissioner Chairman, is running to keep his seat in the statehouse.

Gary grew up learning the values of a small farming community in Iowa. After military service and college he became a police officer in New York City working his way up through the Tactical Patrol Force, foot patrol in Times Square, vice and prostitution enforcement to becoming a staff writer for the New York Police magazine Spring 3100 in the Office of the Deputy Police Commissioner. He was an integral part of the formation of the first Police Department in Lakewood, Colorado becoming assistant to the Director of Public Safety. Thirty years ago he moved to the Colorado mountains and eventually became Detective Sergeant with the Summit County Sheriff, Chief Investigator with the Office of the District Attorney, Fifth Judicial District, Undersheriff and the first ever Director of Public Safety for Summit County.

As an elected official he has served as Town Council Member for the Town of Blue River, Summit County Coroner and Summit County Commissioner for nearly ten years. He has been Chairman of the Summit County Board of County Commissioners for five years.

Gary served in the United States Air Force from 1960 to 1964. He is a Viet Nam era veteran. He was an Intelligence Specialist and Public Information Specialist in Texas, New York and England. He was awarded a Disabled American Veteran Status for a hearing injury during his service. He was honorably discharged at McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey.

Gary Lindstrom is a graduate of Iowa Central College, Fort Dodge, Iowa with an Associates Degree in English and History. He received a bachelor’s degree from Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, Colorado in Management and Psychology. Gary completed a Masters degree in Human Communications in 1993 from the University of Northern Colorado.

Gary and Lynne Lindstrom have been married for nearly thirty years. They were married in a lodge in the Wildernest area of Summit County. They have two children, Amy who lives with her Army husband Brent in San Antonio and Matt who lives in Breckenridge. Gary has three children by an earlier marriage, Chris in Binghamton, Eric in Ithaca and Joann in Berkshire, all in New York. He also has six grandchildren in New York.


* Schools must receive adequate funding.

*We should not have to choose between funding higher education and funding elementary and secondary schools.

* Alumnae of Colorado’s public schools deserve in-State tuition at State colleges and universities.

Health Care

* Quality healthcare should be ensured for all residents.

* Individuals must have access to affordable coverage.

* Gary supports tax credits for business healthcare costs.

* Prescription drug costs must be brought in line with the rest of the world.

* Long-term and chronic healthcare practices must be reformed.


* Strong economies = Strong communities

* We can’t ignore the need to mitigate the negative effects of growth.

* Job diversity is crucial to the Central Mountains.

* Jobs should be created where the people live, we need to outgrow our single-source economy.


* Colorado faces unprecedented financial problems as a result of conflicting legislative priorities.

* State Constitutional and legislative practices must be reformed.

* Gary’s leadership and foresight have allowed Summit County to weather the current financial crisis with a minimal impact on either services, taxes, or quality of life.


* Our quality of life and our economies are dependent on protecting our natural environment.

* Current government powers must be utilized to protect the environment.

* We should develop solutions that maximize the protection of the environment while minimizing the impact on the mining and manufacturing industries.

* Water supply solutions must include water quality solutions.

Reproductive Rights

* Gary supports the right of women to make reproductive choices about their own bodies.

* Gary is Pro-choice.


* Colorado must maximize its use of renewable energy resources.

* We should encourage development of energy conservation practices through the use of tax credits.

* Environmentally sound extraction methods must be developed to fully utilize Colorado’s valuable fossil fuel resources.


* Short term goal of any I-70 development plan should be getting people out of their cars, with an eye to transit systems in the longer term.

*Opposes putting toll booths on lanes at the Eisenhower Tunnel.

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