Opinion | David J. Buckley: Affordability, safe communities and neighborhoods top my list
Current occupation: Heavy equipment operator for Grand County Road and Bridge Department and small business owner of Strands Salon in Kremmling. Previous occupations include health care and transportation corporate executive and franchise business owner
Years in Grand County: Kremmling for the last 18 months
Family: Father of twin adult daughters
Civic Involvement: 4-H superintendent and president/board chair of Colorado State Radiology Technologist
As a small business owner, I was impacted by the lockdowns and mandates by having my business closed and deemed nonessential. When you are a business that employs over 100 people that supports competitive wages, benefits and pays taxes, that business is essential, regardless of its industry. My business lost 47% of its revenue forcing me to seek alternative work, which I did by becoming a truck driver earning my commercial drivers license and moving to Grand County to serve the people in my community.
That’s why I am running for representative of House District 13 — because I believe the people of our state need to have a voice and a larger role with how our state is governed.
Priority No. 1: Affordability
Fuel, grocery, energy and housing costs are at an all-time high. As your representative, I would work to cut taxes in all these areas to help reduce the cost of living. Policy made at our state Capitol directly affects all areas of life, which is why it is imperative to have responsible policy makers focused on promoting the economy and saving people money.
Priority No. 2: Commitment to child education
As a parent to twin daughters, I was actively involved with meeting my children’s teachers and school administrators in reviewing curriculum that would support the development of my children. In rural Colorado, our schools are not funded well, which will be a major issue I focus on if elected to state office.
Priority No. 3: Safe communities and neighborhoods
Colorado’s crime and drug use increased significantly over the last several years. In fact, Colorado is in the middle of a 25-year high for violent crime: No. 1 in auto theft, fourth-worst recidivism rate in the nation and a 300% jump in fentanyl deaths in three years. As your representative I will work to hold criminals accountable for their crimes by supporting the prosecution of offenders and supporting law enforcement through funding training programs and improving officer retention to help reduce crime.
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