Q&A with Meg Froelich, candidate for state House District 3

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Party: Democratic

Residence: Englewood

Campaign website: www.FroelichforColorado.com

What makes you the best choice for this office?

The best choice for state representative should bring a combination of life and legislative experience to the job. I am a former teacher and the parent of three local public school graduates. In addition to the two years I have been a state representative, I have also been a city councilmember small business owner, nonprofit executive and volunteer. I believe in open and accountable government and have held over 20 town halls and community meetings and have endeavored the voice of the people at the state House. It would be my honor to be able to continue to do so.

If you're elected, what issue will be at the top of your agenda?

The most important issue we will address is our response to the COVID-19 crisis. Our 2020 COVID Relief package included mental health, substance abuse and telehealth supports, small business recovery loans and grants, housing and utility assistance and worker protections. We need to continue to provide this critical foundation in order to help Colorado recover from this economic and health crisis.

What steps would you take to overcome partisan divide?

Colorado stands in contrast to Washington, D.C. We have a 95% bipartisan record in terms of bills passed. Personally, all of the legislation on which I was the prime sponsor passed with bipartisan support. I have good relationships across the aisle and enjoy a reputation for collegiality.

How should the General Assembly address budget shortfalls?

The COVID-19 pandemic created unprecedented budget challenges. Despite those challenges, we balanced the 2020 budget through painful cuts across the board and by closing tax loopholes for corporations and high net worth individuals. We will continue to act on tax fairness and close further loopholes and hopefully the voters approve the proposed repeal of the Gallagher Amendment. Unfortunately further cuts will likely occur as well because we are the only state with such strict revenue restraints in our constitution and the only state without a "rainy day fund."

If you're elected, what must you accomplish in order for you to consider your term a success?

I have several bills related to reproductive rights that had passed committee but were put on hold when the COVID crisis hit in March. It is my hope that I will see these through to the governor's desk in 2021.

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