Jahn, Queen, Heismann — Senate District 20 Candidate Survey Responses


Where do our local candidates stand on issues important to central Arvada? Our neighborhood association sent out a candidate survey to 14 candidates whose districts lie in or near the CLRC neighborhood association boundaries. Here is the second set of responses we received. They are for the Colorado State Senate District 20 race. The district lies just south of the Arvada city limits and shares many of the same development issues that Arvada has. Except for formatting, the candidate’s questionnaire responses are unedited.

We thank these candidates for the time they took to respond to the CLRC. We hope this helps you decide whom to support in the upcoming election.

T.O. Owens — President, CLRC

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Cheri Jahn

Cheri Jahn

Name: Cheri Jahn (incumbent)
Mailing Address: 3580 High Court
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Phone: 303-424-0086, 303-667-1186/cell
Email: IRIS3580@COMCAST.NET , INFO@CHERIJAHN.COM
Website: CHERIJAHN.COM
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cheri.jahn
Party: Democrat

Questionnaire Responses

1) If elected, will you support re-introduced legislation that causes the First Choice emergency room located in the Arvada Triangle at Independence Street and Ralston Road to go out of business as a stand-alone emergency room?

I fought hard to stop the legislation in 2014 that would have been detrimental to the First Choice emergency facilities. If the legislation is introduced again I would definitely oppose it.

2) If elected, will you propose (or support) legislation to amend the existing construction defect laws to make it advantageous for developers to build owner-occupied condominiums instead of for-rent apartments?

I would definitely support legislation to amend the existing construction defect laws as I did when the legislation was proposed in the 2014 session. It was very unfortunate that this piece of legislation did not make it through the process. Our developers are definitely being prevented from getting needed financing to build owner-occupied apartments or condos throughout Colorado. I would agree that building only rental apartments is not good for any area and there should be a good mix including owner-occupied condominiums.

3) If elected, will you support a resurrected House Bill 1375 to redirect new tax revenues generated by Arvada’s urban renewal authority to Jefferson County instead of being used for eliminating urban blight within the City of Arvada?

I opposed HB 14-1375, which would have redirected new tax revenues generated by Arvada’s Urban Renewal Authority to Jefferson County instead of being used for eliminating urban blight within the City of Arvada.

4) Please use this opportunity to let us know your views on any other issues you want to comment on, including, but not limited to, a) restrictions on public-private partnerships for large infrastructure projects, b) Amendment 67, unborn human beings, c) Amendment 68, using racetracks to fund schools, d) Proposition 104, open labor negotiations in school districts, e) Proposition 105, labeling of genetically engineered foods.

I am a proponent of public-private partnerships for large infrastructure projects such as the Highway 36 transportation project. We do not have adequate funding for our transportation systems in Colorado so believe we should explore every avenue including the public-private partnerships.

I am opposed to Amendment 67 as I believe this is another attempt at Personhood and that has been soundly defeated repeatedly by Colorado voters. This is a decision to be made by a woman and her family and doctor not the government.

I am opposed to Amendment 68 for a few reasons. For one, I do not support amending the Colorado State Constitution and I also do not think there will be the amount of funding they are selling the proposal on. A previous amendment pertaining to increased gaming at the current casinos was put into the Constitution and sold on the projection that $40 million of the revenues collected would go to Community Colleges. So far only about $7 million has been received. There are many unanswered questions in this measure.

I am opposed to Proposition 104 as I think negotiations on personnel issues should be done in a private process. I would not expect any negotiations public or private to be done in a public setting.

While I understand what people are trying to get to in the labeling of food, I will have to stand with the Agriculture community on this one and oppose the measure. I think the unintended consequences could be great. I believe this would be detrimental to the great little cottage farms that are opening up around the state. Under this proposal it would be very difficult for these small farms to thrive. There are many products that contain GMO’s that are not included in this proposal. If one wants to buy GMO free foods there is always the option of buying organic. During times when families are still struggling to get back on their feet after such a hard recession it is not helpful to raise the costs of food and this would probably do that.

[end of responses by Ms  Jahn]

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Larry Queen

Larry Queen

Name: Larry Queen
Mailing Address: 3440 Youngfield Street, #236
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Phone: 303-919-9069
Email: LARRY@LARRYQUEEN.COM
Website: WWW.LARRYQUEEN.COM
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/LarryQueenSenate20
Party: Republican

Questionnaire Responses

1) If elected, will you support re-introduced legislation that causes the First Choice emergency room located in the Arvada Triangle at Independence Street and Ralston Road to go out of business as a stand-alone emergency room?

I will oppose any legislation hurting our Arvada Triangle Emergency Room.

2) If elected, will you propose (or support) legislation to amend the existing construction defect laws to make it advantageous for developers to build owner-occupied condominiums instead of for-rent apartments?

I will support Construction Defect Reform and work hard for passage. If my opponent is elected this will not pass for at least two years because of Senate Leadership.  Last year the Democrat leader, Morgan Carroll, would not let this come to a vote.  Morgan Carroll is a trial lawyer and trial lawyers make millions from our bad construction defect law. For more information, please watch us both speak on this topic at the Arvada Chamber of Commerce State Election Forum online

3) If elected, will you support a resurrected House Bill 1375 to redirect new tax revenues generated by Arvada’s urban renewal authority to Jefferson County instead of being used for eliminating urban blight within the City of Arvada?

I will not support this bill.

4) Please use this opportunity to let us know your views on any other issues you want to comment on, including, but not limited to, a) restrictions on public-private partnerships for large infrastructure projects, b) Amendment 67, unborn human beings, c) Amendment 68, using racetracks to fund schools, d) Proposition 104, open labor negotiations in school districts, e) Proposition 105, labeling of genetically engineered foods.

It is important in Colorado that we work together, and my opponent voted 98% of the time with party leadership.  Even more troubling, she was the author of a bill to give eminent domain rights to oil companies so they could take private land for pipelines.  We need a balance between industry, municipalities, and individuals, and the main reason I’m running is because my opponent seems to have lost track of that balance and only serve special interests.  I look forward to representing you!

[end of responses by Mr Queen]

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Chris Heismann

Chris Heismann

Name: Chris Heismann
Mailing Address: 12711 W 6th Place
Lakewood, CO 80401
Phone: 720-239-2109
Email: LP@HEISMANN.NET
Website: CHRISHEISMANN.COM
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chrisheismannforstatesenate
Party: Libertarian

Questionnaire Responses

1) If elected, will you support re-introduced legislation that causes the First Choice emergency room located in the Arvada Triangle at Independence Street and Ralston Road to go out of business as a stand-alone emergency room?

As a legislator, I would be against any legislation that uses government to drive legitimate companies out of business, particularly if those businesses are providing valuable services to their surrounding communities. I also don’t support governmental financial support of private businesses in industries that are capable of being profitable on their own.

SB14-106 clearly benefits larger hospitals financially by attempting to use government to shut down their competition, making me against it on both counts.

Furthermore, as a Libertarian, there would be no worries about me bowing to pressure from my party caucus.

2) If elected, will you propose (or support) legislation to amend the existing construction defect laws to make it advantageous for developers to build owner-occupied condominiums instead of for-rent apartments?

Colorado’s construction defect laws need some serious overhaul. The only ones winning right now with them are lawyers. Multi-family housing is an essential need in Colorado, and currently those construction defect laws are holding that construction back. I would support any well written legislation that truly revised the laws to make them better.

However, any legislation would have to also very clearly avoid giving any company a government mandated advantage over it’s competitors.

3) If elected, will you support a resurrected House Bill 1375 to redirect new tax revenues generated by Arvada’s urban renewal authority to Jefferson County instead of being used for eliminating urban blight within the City of Arvada?

I am not familiar enough with this particular piece of legislation to comment on it specifically at this time.

However, in general, I am against special tax districts like urban renewal authorities lasting indefinitely (they should always be limited to a specific task and time frame) and any use of their collected tax funds for anything other than their intended purpose. If a special tax district’s purpose has been fulfilled, the district should be dissolved, and any excess tax revenues refunded to the appropriate tax payers. If the tax district’s purpose has not been fulfilled, then by no means should its revenue be redirected anywhere else.

4) Please use this opportunity to let us know your views on any other issues you want to comment on, including, but not limited to, a) restrictions on public-private partnerships for large infrastructure projects, b) Amendment 67, unborn human beings, c) Amendment 68, using racetracks to fund schools, d) Proposition 104, open labor negotiations in school districts, e) Proposition 105, labeling of genetically engineered foods.

Amendment 67 bothers me. Not because of it’s intentions, but because like many well intentioned laws, it is more likely to be used by those with an agenda, than it will be used for it’s intended purpose. In this particular case, this well-intentioned law will wind up being used by antiabortion activists to persecute those they disagree with.

As a country, I feel we’ve spent far too much time, money and energy on abortion issues, both pro and con. Quite frankly, the simplest way to reduce the number of abortions in this country is to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies. That requires fostering personal responsibility, combined with availability of sex education and birth control.

The concept of personal responsibility extends far beyond abortion and unwanted pregnancy though. It extends into every facet of life from education to health. Those who take personal responsibility for their lives are typically more beneficial to society than those who don’t.

Therefore, we need to stop creating government programs that punish those who take responsibility for their lives while at the same time rewarding those who don’t. This does not mean we can’t help the unfortunate, we just need to make sure the help we provide encourages them to move forward, and doesn’t provide barriers to becoming self reliant, as many of our existing programs do.

[end of responses by Mr Heismann]

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WHERE TO FIND OUT MORE
Coming up next are the responses from our local candidates for the House District races. Look for them on our RalstonCommunity.org website. Here’s a link to a CLRC article that tells you why our neighborhood association is doing this survey and what the issues behind it are.

https://ralstoncommunity.org/2014/09/29/clrc-asks-the-candidates-urban-renewal-condos-emergency-care-ballot-measures/

Not sure what General Assembly district you or your neighbors are in? Here’s a click-on link to a handy district locator map for the entire state for Colorado.

http://www.colorado.gov/esri/webmaps/my-hood.html?webmap-id=0bbdbd4450154b1c9a9827d21c862dad

If you are voting in Senate District 19 instead of Senate District 20, you can read the survey responses for that district by going to this link

https://ralstoncommunity.org/2014/10/05/woods-zenzinger-miller-senate-district-19-candidate-survey-responses/

The Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community is an independent neighborhood association representing the neighborhoods near to Ralston Road from the Wadsworth Bypass to the Kipling Parkway.

Our main website is at http://www.RalstonCommunity.org or you can read even more posts on our Facebook page at “CLRC – Citizens for a Liveable Ralston Community” where you may post comments or questions. Or, you may write to us at

CLRC
c/o John Kiljan, Secretary
6185 Field Street
Arvada, CO 80004

 

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