Q&A with Robert Roth, candidate for Senate District 26

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Party: Republican

Residence: Aurora

Campaign website: www.rothforsd26.com

What makes you the best choice for this office?

During my nine years on Aurora City Council, I served on numerous regional and state-wide boards and commissions, including being the Chair of Denver Regional Council of Governments. DRCOG is a remarkably diverse board, with representatives from Boulder to Castle Rock and Bennett to Georgetown. I also served on numerous water-related boards. My experience in leadership positions is very well rounded and focused on issues important in SD26 and all of Colorado. I am pro-business and strongly support those who provide safety and security for our homes, businesses, and families.

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

Economic recovery from COVID 19. Pre-COVID, we had one of the strongest economies in the nation, and we have to re-open Colorado. We must provide the proper atmosphere, with fewer policies and red tape, for businesses to be successful. Once the stage is set and the businesses can get back to what they do best, government needs to get out of the way and allow the free market to thrive again.

What steps would you take to overcome partisan divide?

I have been in leadership roles numerous times with extremely diverse bodies. I have developed good rapport in those situations, making sure that everyone is heard in a meaningful way. I mentioned being Chair of DRCOG and in addition I was a Governor appointee to the Regional Air Quality Council, another board with diverse representatives. Using the skills I have acquired in those roles, as well as being a former elected official, I will be diligent in reaching across the aisle. A successful negotiation is where nobody gets everything that they want.

How should the General Assembly address budget shortfalls?

The shortfalls in the last budget, and what we will be looking at in 2021, are unprecedented. Everything must to be on the table for discussion. The work that the Joint Budget Committee does to bring recommendations to the General Assembly has to be thorough and transparent. Egos as well as pet projects must be checked at the door. Every legislator has to be open-minded to all ideas. Most importantly, we must remember who we work for and make sure that all of the budget decisions we make are in the best interest of the people of Colorado.

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

I will not measure my success by accomplishments, rather that I listened to and represented the people in Senate District 26 to the best of my abilities.

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