Kraft-Tharp, DeMott, Szabo, Aronson — House Districts 24, 27 & 29 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. In all, we had ten replies. Here is the third and last set of responses we received. They are for the Colorado State House District races in Districts 24, 27 and 29. These districts represent most of our CLRC readers. Except for formatting, the candidate’s questionnaire responses are unedited.

The CLRC thanks the all candidates who responded to our survey and for taking the time to tell us where they stand on these issues. And we hope this information helps our readers decide who they want to support in the coming election.

T.O. Owens — President, CLRC

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Tracy Kraft-Tharp

Tracy Kraft-Tharp

Name: Tracy Kraft-Tharp (incumbent)
Mailing Address: 12083 W 84th Place
Arvada, CO 80005
Phone: 720-937-1506
Email: TKTH@AOL.COM
Website: TRACYFORSTATEREP.COM
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TracyKraftTharp
District: Colorado House District 29,
which covers Old Wadsworth to Sheridan
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?

SB14-016 died in the Senate before coming over to the House, therefore I was not able to research and carefully review it. I have approached the staff at the Arvada facility, as well as other locations, and expressed an interest in visiting the facility and learning more should a new bill be introduced. I have also watched the tape of the CLRC community meeting on this issue. My interests surround the provision of quality care, and transparency about the services and fees that any facility provides to our residents. We need to ensure that there is a balance between economic development, consumer protections and the ability to provide healthcare to our residents. I do commit to listen to all sides of this issue if another bill like this comes to the House next session.

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?

My concern lies with homeowners who invest their life savings and make the biggest investment in their life in their homes and discover that there is a defect in their property. We need our laws to protect them-not the developers or attorneys. This summer, I met with many of the interested parties and have encouraged everyone to sit down and review the problems and potential solutions and attempt to work together. I will review any potential legislation with the focus on the homeowner. Lakewood is currently undergoing a measure to try and use their home-rule status in order to change the current construction defect litigation environment, and they might serve as a model for how to best approach this from a statewide perspective – I’ll be watching closely.

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?

Urban renewal dollars are important for both Arvada and Westminster as each city is looking to develop vital areas: the Fastracks area in Olde Town and the Westminster Mall. I have met with representatives from the counties and special districts and have heard that they want a seat at the table when decisions are made. They are concerned because their tax revenues stay at the baseline level prior to redevelopment during the development process. There is a study, to be completed in November this year that looks at the effects of urban renewal dollars on all parties. I will review any legislation to ensure that the cities are protected in their development needs and, as the Governor directed in this veto letter, that other parties’ interests are protected.

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.

a) I sponsored a bill that reflected the concerns about public-private partnerships on Highway 36 to include a public transparency process and oversight by the legislature. I worked with the Governor, and the Governor’s staff, and requested that he include a veto plan with his veto of the bill. The Governor did that through issuing a veto letter that mandated a public transparency process. This summer, I have worked with the Colorado Department of Transportation to develop a robust public transparency process in public-private partnership ventures. As a result, CDOT is implementing electronic meetings and town meetings to gather public feedback on the current I-70 development. I believe that the ‘public’ in public-private partnerships is sacrosanct and must be conveyed through a robust process.

b) Colorado voters have rejected this in 2008 and 2010, it has wide-ranging unintended consequences from banning all abortions, even in cases of rape, to banning many common forms of birth control like the IUD, and could even cause police to investigate women who suffer miscarriages. This measure is deceptive and it is sponsored by the same people who have brought personhood in the past, and I won’t allow politicians or government to come between a woman, her family, her doctor, and God.

c) through e) Ballot initiatives are an important venue for the voters to research and express their wishes for Colorado’s future, it’s a more ‘direct democracy’ than the ‘representative republican’ form of government that we have in the legislature. As such, I believe that my views should surround providing information about what the initiatives convey-not attempt to sway voters through my views. In the legislature, I listen to my constituents, experts and advocacy groups from all sides on every topic, and make my decision based on my district, my values, and my legal expertise. On the ballot, every voter has a right to make his or her decision, and I am currently listening to all sides of each ballot debate to determine how I will personally vote this November.

[end of responses by Ms Kraft-Tharp]

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Joe DeMott

Joe DeMott

Name: Joe DeMott
Mailing Address: 4800 Wadsworth Blvd, Suite 100
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Phone: 303-929-4608
Email: JDEMOTT4@GMAIL.COM
Website: DEMOTTFORCOLORADO.COM
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Joe-DeMott/451131071684484
District: Colorado House District 24, which is just south of the Arvada City limits
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?

No, I believe there is a need for a choice and readily available healthcare.

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?

Yes, contractor confidence needs to be restored by implementing mandatory defect repair periods, HOA notification, and election of the majority of tenant response to class action suit, and first time buyer construction and financing restored.

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?

No, local knowledge and control take precedence.

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.

a) I’m in support of TABOR and using elections and bonds to accomplish our infrastructure needs.

I will support the will of the people on issues on this ballot.

[end of responses by Mr Demott]

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Libby Szabo

Libby Szabo

Name: Libby Szabo
Mailing Address: 7267 Beech Street
Arvada, CO 80005
Phone: 720-260-4722
Email: LIBBY@LIBBYSZABO.COM
Website: LIBBYSZABO.ORG
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Libby-Szabo/281879707870
District: Colorado House District 27, which covers central Arvada west of Olde Town
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?

NO! What makes this country great are the choices we have and the free market mentality of our citizens. If First Choice emergency room offers us another choice in our healthcare decisions I am all for 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?

YES. I think every community should have a diverse amount of housing options. The current construction defect laws hinder that process.
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 did not support House Bill 1375 last year. I believe Arvada has proven it has a great process established for urban development and I always say, “if it isn’t broke don’t fix it”.

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.

In my 23 years living in Arvada I have been blessed with great support from the community.  Thank you so much for all you do to make Arvada great.  Please reach out to me if you have any concerns or issues you would like to discuss, my door is always open. libby@libbyszabo.com  I would be honored if you gave me another opportunity to serve you at the state house for another term.

[end of responses by Ms Szabo]

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Niles Aronson

Niles Aronson

Name: Niles Aronson
Mailing Address: 5379 Estes Street, Apartment 3
Arvada, CO 80002
Phone: 720-251-9268
Email: NILES.ARONSON@GMAIL.COM
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Aronson4CoStateRep
District: Colorado House District 27,
which covers central Arvada west of Olde Town
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?

No. I do not believe the government should be deciding the winners and losers in any industry. I hope that more stand-alone emergency rooms, and other health industry businesses open up here in the district providing jobs, and much needed health services.

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 support legislation that allows the markets to determine the best use of property by the developers/owners.

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?

No. I personally believe that any tax money raised by the citizens of Arvada should either be given back to them in the form of a refund, or used to remove blight in Arvada as according to the urban renewal authority.

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.

  1. I do not support any relationships between the private and public sectors if it is going to cost the taxpayer’s money.
  2. I strongly oppose government getting involved in an individual’s most difficult choice.
  3. I am against the use of government for a specific company to gain at the cost of its competition. If the Amendment was written to allow any company to open a casino at a racetrack I would be more in favor of this legislation, but as it is currently written I am against Amendment 68.
  4. I am in support of transparency in the negotiations between any union and the taxpayers, and this very much includes the negotiations with the teacher’s union.
  5. I strongly oppose Prop 105, and any legislation that allows government to step in and mandate regulations for businesses to compete in the markets. This is nothing more than an attempt to eliminate competition through government force.

[end of responses by Mr Aronson]

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Note: The following four House District candidates did not respond to our survey. Each was solicited by email, by letter post (with an SASE), and by either telephone or voicemail. Here is the contact information we have for them provided by the Colorado Secretary of State’s office and by doing a brief Google online search.

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Susan Kochevar

Susan Kochevar

Name: Susan Kochevar
Mailing Address: 10071 Lee Street
Westminster, CO 80021
Phone: 303-880-3292
Email: DU-PIONEER@COMCAST.NET
Website: SUSANFORCOLORADO.COM
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/susan.kochevar
District: Colorado House District 29, which covers
Ralston Road from Old Wadsworth to Sheridan
Party: Republican

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Wade Norris

Wade Norris

Name: Wade Norris
Mailing Address: PO Box 19521
Denver, CO 80219
Phone: 202-596-5850 (a Washington, DC area code)
Email: SHONI@ANDESBEAT.COM
Website: WADENORRIS.COM
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ArvadaCOWadeNorrisforHD27JeffCo
District: Colorado House District 27, which covers central Arvada west of Olde Town
Party: Democrat
[Editors note:  this post corrects an earlier post that inadvertently misidentified the candidate’s  district]

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Jessie Danielson

Jessie Danielson

Name: Jessie Danielson
Mailing Address: PO Box 93
Wheat Ridge, CO 80034
Phone: 720-491-1510
Email: JESSIE@JESSIEDANIELSON.COM
Website: JESSIEDANIELSON.COM
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jessiedanielsonforcolorado
District: Colorado House District 24, which is just south
of the Arvada City limits
Party: Democrat

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Hans Romer (archive photo)

Hans Romer (archive photo)

Name: Hans Romer
Mailing Address: 6329 W 92nd Place
Westminster, CO 80031
Phone: 303-957-3700
Email: HANSROMER1000@MSN.COM
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HansVRomerLibertarian29ColoradoHouse2012
District: Colorado House District 29, which covers
Ralston Road from Old Wadsworth to Sheridan
Party: Libertarian

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WHERE TO FIND OUT MORE
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 House or Senate district you or your neighbors are in? Here’s a click-on link to a handy district locator map for the entire state of Colorado.

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

We’ve already covered the candidate responses for Senate District 19 Senate District 20 at these two links. All of six the candidates running for these two seats responded to our survey.

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

and at

https://ralstoncommunity.org/2014/10/11/jahn-queen-heismann-senate-district-20-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 ask questions. Or, you may write to us at

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

12 October 2014

 

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