Q&A with Suzanne Staiert, candidate for state Senate District 27


Party: Republican 

Residence: Centennial

Campaign website: www.suzannestaiert.com 

What makes you the best choice for this office?

After living, working and volunteering in this community for 20 years, I understand the unique issues in this district. I've spent 10 years coaching mock trial in our high schools and the last year talking to my neighbors and voters across the district. I've spent my career working on solutions in state and local government. My first priority will always be to represent the issues important to voters.

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

Economic development is at the top of my agenda. This district has a lot of small-business owners and working families that rely on a strong economy. The COVID-19 pandemic has slowed the growth of our economy. Focused investment in infrastructure and job creation will help bring certainty to the market and boost our economy.

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

I believe government functions most effectively when there is a balance of opinions. To be successful, I'd like to work on bipartisan solutions. Politically, we are a very divided country, and allegiance to party over principle has not served us well. If I could help pass legislation that has buy-in from both sides, I'd consider my term a success.

In light of the pandemic's effect on tax revenue, how can the state Senate ensure K-12 and higher education won't experience widespread layoffs and other budget cuts?

In order to protect funding for our schools, we must protect jobs. For example, the oil and gas industry contributes $669 million per year in education funding (in Colorado, according to a 2019 report by Vital for Colorado, a coalition of business leaders that supports oil and gas development). But as I'm writing this, the (state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission) is considering rules that would legislate setbacks that were rejected by voters just two years ago. Our economy can't afford to lose these jobs, and our schools can't afford any more cuts.

As the Denver metro area's population continues to grow, what should the state Senate's top transportation priority be?

There needs to be a dedicated revenue stream for road and bridge improvements. Our roads in rural Colorado are crumbling, and our highways are overcrowded. The pandemic has pointed out the limitations of public transportation, and we must ensure balanced investment in all transportation options.


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