Housing a hot topic in gubernatorial candidate Lynne’s Glenwood visit
Post Independent correspondent
Gubernatorial candidate Donna Lynne, Colorado’s current lieutenant governor and chief operating officer, hit the road on a four-day, 64-county tour targeting such red-hot local topics as health care, good paying jobs and affordable housing.
Lynne held a town hall at Glenwood Springs’ Morgridge Commons on Monday, where she outlined her three-pronged attack on health care, jobs and housing.
The dominant topic by a landslide at this and other town hall meetings, including one in Carbondale on Sunday: affordable housing.
“Housing is a crisis in this state,” Lynne stressed. “We must look at low-income housing credits, give more incentives to builders, and make land more affordable for housing projects. It’s not just about the cost of construction,” she added. “It’s also about the cost of the land.”
She continued, “Cost of housing and lack of inventory is hard for Colorado families all over the state. We must take a critical look at economic issues that pose very real challenges for Coloradans.”
In the past 10 years, Colorado has seen significant population growth resulting in inventory that has not kept pace with population growth. Add to that, skyrocketing housing prices. And, with Colorado’s median home price at $361,000, up 9.1 percent from 2016, Lynne has her work cut out for her.
But the feisty mother of three, who has climbed all of the “14ers,” remains undaunted. “I will create a housing department,” she explained. “Because housing impacts our quality of life.”
“Housing affects the day-to-day reality of people who live here,” Lynne concluded. “Wages have flatlined. For public sector jobs, I would advocate loan forgiveness for college. And I would pledge housing vouchers, a safety net for the most vulnerable people.”
The East Coast transplant recalls Nov. 22, 1963, as one of the most traumatic events in her life.
“It was John Kennedy’s assassination. There was turmoil in the United States at that time — civil rights, women’s rights,” Lynne said. She is one of several Democratic candidates vying for the party’s nomination to run in the November general election to replace Gov. John Hickenlooper, who is term limited.
Lynne earned her B.A. in economics and political science at the University of New Hampshire. From there, for 20 years, she served as deputy commissioner in New York’s Office of Labor Relations, then on to president of Kaiser Permanente for the Colorado region. The Colorado State Capitol followed.
Lynne was appointed to her dual role by Hickenlooper on March 23, 2016, and has thrown her hat in the ring in the crowded 2018 gubernatorial primary race.
Lynne has been dubbed Hickenlooper’s “GSDG” — his “Get Stuff Done Girl.” And so, logically the governor is one of Donna Lynne’s biggest champions.
“She’s one of the most talented people I’ve ever worked with, and I’ve worked with some pretty talented people,” Hickenlooper points out. “I do think she is a remarkably talented person — she would be a great governor.”
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Glenwood Springs and Garfield County make the Post Independent’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
Back in business: Rifle hosts Business After Hours party to celebrate near completion of 3rd Street project
High-visibility barricades cordoned off Third Street in Rifle on Friday evening, just as it had for many nights dating back to March.