City of residence: Greenwood Village
Profession: Treasurer of Colorado
Campaign website: stapletonforcolorado.com
In the realm of politics, past or present, whom do you most admire?
Sen. Al Simpson because he used humor and wit to bridge partisan divisions, and he was a pragmatic problem solver.
Of your accomplishments in elected office, what are you most proud of?
As treasurer, I have accomplished a lot for Colorado taxpayers. Every year I have invested Coloradans' tax dollars, the state has beat investment benchmarks. I also worked to set up the Land Trust Investment Advisory Board that will result in more money for public education, without raising taxes.
Describe your leadership style.
I will be a governor who works with both parties to get things done. I am a results-oriented person who wants to tackle tough problems Coloradans face. I'm not afraid to compromise, and I will not let politics get in the way of helping hardworking Coloradans.
What must be done to improve Colorado's K-12 education system?
An overview of Colorado Department of Education data reveals from 2011 to 2017, student population grew by 6.3 percent, teachers grew by 8.1 percent, and administrators grew by 34.6 percent. As governor, I will make sure we are using our education dollars to pay our teachers and get more money into classrooms to help students succeed. We need to increase transparency in the budgeting process and direct dollars to the teachers and the classrooms, not out-of-control administrative costs.
What must be done to ensure the state's transportation system can meet the demands of a growing population?
As governor, I will demand results from the Department of Transportation (CDOT). CDOT has refused to find room in their budget for ongoing maintenance and keeps attempting to return to the taxpayers for more of your hard-earned dollars. As your governor, I will remind CDOT that they work for you. I will restore transparency and accountability to CDOT to ensure our tax dollars are being properly spent on projects for taxpayers, not special interests and bureaucrats.
What is the biggest opportunity for economic growth in Colorado?
Small businesses are the driving force behind Colorado's economy. Creating a positive business environment that does not pick winners and losers, and works for businesses big and small, will be essential to restoring economic growth in all corners of our great state. As governor, I will work with the Legislature to promote commonsense solutions that will create jobs and improve the lives of families across our state.
If elected, what will your top priority be in January?
I'm running for governor to ensure future generations have abundant economic opportunity. As governor, I will focus on education, health care, transportation, affordable housing and building a strong economy with plenty of jobs. I believe this election will have a massive effect on the future fiscal health of Colorado, and that in order for Colorado to remain the greatest state in the nation, strong and proven economic stewardship is vital to building a better future for our children.
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