I decided to enter this race as an independent because I saw hundreds of thousands of dollars being poured into this race from health insurance PACs, realtor and developer PACs, PACs hoping to privatize our education system, and many many more. DEMOCRATS are the ones accepting over $200,000 in special interest funding. Something must be done to silence the special interests and free this district of two party corruption and special interest influence. I will never take a dime from special interests, super PACs, or corporations for the 8 years I plan to serve in this role. You can take that to the bank.

In order to protect our democracy, we must fight for a publicly financed, transparent system of campaign financing that amplifies small donations. We must also ensure that all Americans are guaranteed an effective right to vote. Wealthy donors like the Koch Brothers have found a way to take our government hostage using Citizen’s United as their vehicle. Members from BOTH parties are dragging their feet to overturn Citizen’s United and it is time we ask why? Our current federal 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%.