Fetcher: I am loyal to the Western Slope
The time for change in the state senate is upon us on the Western Slope. I’ve said many times that the reason I’m running to be your next state senator are my three daughters. Why? I believe they deserve better and so do you. Look around: our current leadership is leaving our children a future filled with debt, a crumbling public education system, skyrocketing health care costs and an inability to look toward the future. I will fight for local control of schools, quality health care and to protect and preserve our water. With 35 years of public service experience, I have the backbone to stand up to Denver interests and that is exactly what I’ll do.There are major differences between me and my opponent. I have chosen not to accept any special interest or political action committee money. In contrast, my opponent has accepted over $200,000 in special interest money during his tenure, notably from Front Range developers, oil and gas interests, insurance companies and big tobacco. I will not allow special interests to influence my race or my representation of this district.As a lifelong rancher, I understand the extreme value water has for the livelihood of Northwest Colorado. I know the constraints agriculture, tourism and the Front Range have placed on this precious resource. Having served on the Statewide Water Supply Initiative and the Colorado Water Trust, I pledge to work every day to protect our water.As a former school board president, I believe in local control of schools. In Steamboat Springs, we worked to create the Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board, which gives an additional $1.8 million to our schools. While Denver is trying to take that away, I believe every district should have control over their schools. I have been endorsed by the Colorado Protectors of Public Schools for my commitment to public education.Finally, as a small business owner, I know the difficulties of getting affordable and accessible health care. The Colorado Nurses Association has acknowledged my commitment to this issue with their endorsement. I believe we should think outside the box and provide new options for small business owners and help them cover the costs of insurance for more employees.The time for change is upon us in this district. The Western Slope has seen twelve years of representation from my opponent and his voting record increasingly represents a series of compromises that place you the voter second, and special interests first. As your next state senator, I vow never to compromise your best interests over special interests from Denver. I am Jay Fetcher, I am loyal to the Western Slope, and I ask for your vote this Nov. 2.The time for change is upon us in this district. The Western Slope has seen twelve years of representation from my opponent and his voting record increasingly represents a series of compromises that place you the voter second, and special interests first. As your next state senator, I vow never to compromise your best interests over special interests from Denver. I am Jay Fetcher, I am loyal to the Western Slope, and I ask for your vote this Nov. 2.
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