Peter Smith | Democrat for Senate District 32
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The Issues

When you cast your vote for me in the 2018 election, you’re getting a social servant who will work tirelessly on your behalf to strengthen our communities and quality of life.  Here is where I stand on some of the most important issues.

Reforming The Democratic Party

As a Democrat, I’ve realized my party is in a rut. Today in so many elections from our choice of Presidential candidate, right down to this state senate race; I see party boss’s exerting influences, making back room deals, controlling the process, and leaving out The Voters.  These practices must stop. We need fresh faces and bold ideas to bring this party back to life. We must end the practice of Coronating candidates that believe it’s “their turn.” We must speak up when we see elected officials and party members using illegal means to promote, or suppress certain candidates. And most importantly we must remind this party once again that we are a party of ideas, not of candidates. Our collective ideas are what matter, and I am running to bring this party back from the edge into the hands of the people once more.

Lower The Cost of Living

The cost of living in Colorado is soaring.  Our population is booming. And with rising populations comes congested transportation systems and increased infrastructure costs that put larger pressures on businesses, which all raise prices for all people. COMBINE ALL OF THAT with a skyrocketing real estate market and harmful construction defects laws and we have a serious problem.  To combat the increase in the cost of living we must:

  • Repeal the 1980 ban on rent control measures in Colorado.
  • Broker a bipartisan, omnibus bill to reform our construction defect laws and lure credible, trusted developers to begin building in Colorado again. The piecemeal approach to solving this problem is a day late and a dollar short.
  • Generate new public/private real estate development projects to build good affordable housing that emphasizes mixing all incomes and walks of life in the same communities.
  • Invest in our infrastructure to increase the speed of production and lower costs for businesses while stimulating the economy with good paying, blue collar jobs.

Campaign Finance Reform

Wealthy donors like the Koch Brothers and Sheldon Adeleson have found a way to take  our government hostage using Citizen’s United as their weapon. Members from BOTH parties are dragging their feet to overturn citizen’s united and it is time we ask why? Our current political leaders spend over half their time in office fundraising instead of providing the leadership that the people of Colorado deserve. As long as there is private money in politics, ideas will take backseat to the need for reelection and the will of campaign donors. That is why it is time to mandate publicly funded campaigns for every elected official within the state of Colorado. Real change will only come when the people of Colorado take sole control of the campaign funding process. If every candidate is given an equal opportunity to communicate their ideas through the election process, then we will regain elections of ideas, and eliminate partisan gridlock designed and executed by the top 1%.

TABOR (Tax Payer's Bill of Rights)

It is time to lead a coalition to repeal TABOR. TABOR is a harmful constitutional amendment that is destroying our infrastructure, harming our children, and negatively impacting the safety of our citizens. TABOR was passed by a criminal tax evader charged with money laundering, attempted bribery of a public official, and multiple counts of tax fraud. It is irresponsible and unethical to support a constitutional amendment written and introduced by a criminal tax evader for the sole purpose of denying the people of Colorado vital resources that we desperately need at a time of enormous population expansion. It is time for fresh thinking and new debate on the logic of TABOR and the crippling effect on our state services that it mandates.

Education

Colorado is currently ranked 29th in the nation for teacher pay. It is not difficult to understand how to recruit and retain the best of the best in any industry; education is no different. If we do not pay our teachers a competitive livable salary, many would-be educators are going to decide it is too large of a sacrifice to dedicate their life to our children. It should not be a sacrifice if someone is willing to dedicate their life to providing our children the education they deserve. We need to guarantee both the starting salaries and average salaries of Colorado teachers are greater than the national average. Colorado is a growing, thriving state, and it is imperative we make it as attractive for new teachers to come to Colorado as it is for every other thriving industry in Colorado. We also need to set stricter state limits on class sizes to make sure that this current population boom doesn’t overcrowd our classrooms and hurt our children’s development.

Infrastructure

Colorado is currently experiencing the biggest population boom of my lifetime. More and more people are flooding into our state seeking a new way of life in a thriving economy. We owe every Coloradan, new or native, a safe and well maintained infrastructure system. Our roads, bridges, rail lines, airports, and vital infrastructure need an injection of resources to maintain and grow our state at the rate of population growth. Colorado’s unemployment rate is the lowest in the country. Now is the time to make the investments that are necessary to stabilize our current growth into long-term quality of life improvements that will last a generation.

Environment

The two most polluted neighborhoods in American reside within Colorado’s capital. Stats like that are simply unacceptable for me as a Colorado Native. Currently the federal government is at war with environmental protection. Every thing from the clean water act, to air quality requirements, to green energy investment is under attack by this president. It is our state legislature’s job to carefully analyze and take note of every protection taken away by the federal government, and make an effort to replace and strengthen each protection through our state government. We must make a plan to make Colorado carbon neutral by 2030, and we need to work with our energy providers to transition our energy infrastructure from the dirty energy sources of the past into the clean, efficient, and low cost solutions of the future.

Sanctuary State

The thought that hard working immigrants in my community are afraid to call 911 and get the help they need when a crime has been committed against them, or when they need serious medical care is to me one of the biggest failures of our previous generation of leadership. American is a country of immigrants. No hardworking member of our community should feel afraid to get the help they need, period. Without our immigrant working class, this country would simply cease to function as a whole. I promise that the very first bill I introduce into the legislature will be to make Colorado a sanctuary state and refocus our law enforcement officials’ priorities from enforcing federal laws, to fighting real dangerous crime in our communities.

Systemic Unemployment

The Republican Party would like you to think that an increase in diversity, immigrants, and environmental scientists are to blame for current long-term unemployment. It is time to stop blaming our immigrants, who often work incredibly hard to get to and stay in America, for unemployment in America. It is time to stop pretending that protecting our air or water is the reason our people are unemployed. It is 2017. It is time that our elected leaders begin to address the impacts of automation on our systemic unemployment rate. Machines are replacing jobs that once could provide a middle class lifestyle in Colorado. Instead of trying to find someone to blame while ignoring the real problems of our emerging economy, let’s do something about our systemic unemployment. Let’s help our public universities create intensive 1 year computer coding and technical maintenance programs for any Coloradan that wants to learn, and then let’s make every one of these programs free for any resident of Colorado. It is time to address and get ahead of automation before we are in crisis. Very soon our cars will drive themselves, wait staffs and cooks will be able to be replaced by machines, and technologies that have yet to be created will completely alter our economy. This sprint towards technological progress will leave many people displaced and struggling to find a footing in a computer-based economy. Lets train Coloradans now to master and maintain the coming technological takeover of our economy that is already well underway. By getting ahead of this problem we will develop an advanced economy while providing new paths for people already finding it hard to get by in today’s job market.

Hemp and Marijuana

Colorado has a once in a life time opportunity to have a head start on what is about to be a major global commodity. Marijuana can be to Colorado what tobacco was for North Carolina. However, increasing hemp subsidies and empowering Colorado farmer’s to embrace growing hemp could be equivalent to the introduction of cotton to the South.  Our state government needs to get out of the way of Marijuana and Hemp producers and pave a path forward to beat the nation and the world to capitalizing on these crops to continue Colorado’s economic ascent to a top 5 state for economic opportunity in America.  We need more subsidies to entice farmers to capitalize on hemp’s possibilities and make it easier for our marijuana growers to bank and conduct business.

About Senate Candidate Peter Smith

Politics should be about making a difference in peoples’ lives. However, lately it seems like we need more than that. I think the current state of politics in Colorado and America has created a need for a new resistance political movement of fresh-faced fighters to stand up and push back against the extremism, xenophobia, and fear being injected into our politics.

 

Our government should be a government whose foremost priority is the will and protection of the people. I am running to represent District 32 because I believe it is time to remind the legislature of the true will of the people.

 

I have always been invested in the development of a prosperous Colorado for EVERYONE. I am a Colorado native, born in Denver at Swedish hospital. I spent my early years living in the Bible Park area with my parents and two sisters. My yiayia (grandma in Greek) would care for me most days while my parents were at work, and we shared an unbreakable bond. My family then moved to Highlands Ranch around my 6th birthday.  I went on to graduate from Mountain Vista High school and CU Boulder in 7 years obtaining a degree in Political Science.

 

In college a professor assigned Henry Thoreau’s On the Duty of Civil Disobedience, and it became my guide in a way. Soon after, I chose to take a more active role in politics and social issues on campus. I volunteered to register people to vote, ran for student government, and began advocating for the ideas shared by the millennial generation. I protested for equal rights for all and became increasingly passionate about expanding and testing our 1st amendment rights. I chose to stand up and speak out about how this new, ultra conservative, Koch Brothers, “Liberty Caucus,” Republican agenda is destroying Coloradan values, and is harming the most vulnerable people in our state.

 

Upon graduating I elected to explore the world. I lived with my family in London for a short period.  I connected with my Cypriot roots in the Greek Mediterranean. I scoured Europe, saw the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro, celebrated Songkran in streets of Thailand, climbed to the top of the Burj Khalifa, and wandered the Italian countryside. I chose to learn about the world by experiencing it.  All of my travels presented many diverse examples of how government can take care of and protect their citizens in different, creative, and innovative ways.

 

When I returned I began living a more regimented lifestyle, and began working with the Elway Automotive group.  However, last year, when I realized the Republican Party was willing to stoop to any means necessary to elect Donald Trump and this corporate welfare agenda, even if it meant overlooking collusion by the Russian government and possible treason by their party leader to achieve victory, I decided I had to do something.  I applied with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to work as a field organizer doing whatever I could to prevent this from happening. When Hillary lost, I was beside I resumed my career in the automotive industry, and I began developing a vision for what the future of this country could look like.

 

I have decided now that it is time to stand up for the people and say that what the Republican Party is doing to America and to Colorado is not normal. It is time to stand up and say that TABOR is suffocating our state. It is time to stand up and say that we must take care of our teachers and to fix our education system, to invest in our infrastructure, to protect our environment and our immigrant residents, and to get corporate money out of politics once and for all. We must do more than take to the streets. It is time for a new generation of the Democratic Party to volunteer and take responsibility for the problems we did not necessarily create. I am ready to stand up and be the voice of the people of Colorado. To be a voice for you and for your loved ones. I can’t wait to fight this good fight with each and every one of you.

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