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Rippy pledges to work for District 61

Post Independent Writer

My name is Becky Rippy, and I am asking for your vote for District 61 State House of Representatives. I am a 25-year resident of Garfield County, and I have 17 years experience working in the field of human services with children and families, the elderly, and persons suffering with mental illnesses and addictions. I have extensive experience in the criminal justice and court systems, and I am the former owner of the New Castle General Store and the New Castle Café.I believe a successful legislator’s most important asset is the ability to work with a diverse cross section of people to build consensus and influence votes for important issues in their district. My experience working with people from all walks of life and advocating for the best interests of children and adults makes me uniquely qualified to successfully represent the people in my district. If I am elected, I will work with both parties to solve the budget crisis that continues to affect our schools, colleges, human services agencies, highway funding, tourism, and other programs and services so vital to our district’s communities. The Legislature is currently at a stalemate and needs effective leaders who will focus on the needs of their communities and not on partisan politics. I will work on issues important to our district including basin of origin protection and mitigation legislation, surface use agreements for land owners, and promoting tourism and small business. I will strongly defend local control for our towns, counties and school districts, work to ensure adequate funding for our K-12 schools, institutions of higher education, human services, and mental health programs, and I will support our farming and ranching interests. I will also work to bring down the cost of insurance and health care and promote opportunities for affordable housing in our district.I believe the Legislature and state agencies place too high a burden on our local communities with excessive bureaucratic expectations, documentation requirements, and unfunded mandates. I will fight to reduce the size and complexity of state expectations for our local governments, schools, and human services agencies.Garfield County has benefited from strong leadership from Gregg Rippy, Russell George and Scott McInnis. With your help, I can continue this strong representation in my efforts to make our county and district a better place to live and work. Garfield County has benefited from strong leadership from Gregg Rippy, Russell George and Scott McInnis. With your help, I can continue this strong representation in my efforts to make our county and district a better place to live and work.


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