Colorado State House District 37 candidate Q&A

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Caroline Cornell

Republican Party

Career Coach
MA in History from University College London, BAs in History & Political Science from University of Tampa
Happily married for 27 years, mom of 3 (2 kids, 1 rescue puppy)
Small business owner with non-profit board experience serving on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Colorado and Cherry Creek Schools.


Why are you seeking public office?
As a small business owner and mom who raised two kids in CCSD, I’ve invested 20 years talking with people across the community to learn what’s important to them. For 17 years I’ve volunteered with Girl Scouts teaching young women how to identify a problem and then solve it. Putting both ideas together….I believe we have an opportunity to listen to what our voters have told us our priorities should be while ensuring our communities remain a safe place to raise a family. I have the capability, confidence, and commitment to represent our community at the capitol.

What will your top three priorities be if elected?
In talking with voters the issues I hear about most are education, healthcare, and the economy. Affordable healthcare that allows people to make informed choices about coverage for their family. Nurturing job creation over mandates on small businesses helps Coloradans get back to work so they can support their families. And expanding education so more kids learn 21st century skills so they can become problem solvers for our future. This last point is my passion and it extends beyond education — it’s about ensuring the next generation will experience the quality of life Coloradans enjoy today.

Do you support some type of public option health insurance or Medicare for All at the state level? If so, which and why? If not, why not?
Coloradans need access to affordable healthcare that works for their situation including coverage for preexisting conditions. Costs are increasing each year while coverage is shrinking. I will work to increase pricing and cost transparency so people know what they are paying for. I support options for consumers so they can benefit from competition rather than a one size fits all solution or a government mandated rate setting scheme.

Have your views on policing and racism in Colorado changed this year? If so, how?
Simply stated we need to do better. Our community has one of the most rigorous hiring policies for police in Colorado. Those policies foster a higher level of professionalism that benefits our public safety locally. Increasing transparency and accountability across the state ensures those standards are upheld more uniformly, which in turn will help increase public safety statewide. I believe our biggest lesson learned from 2020 will be that our personal actions matter. Regardless of the situation, all people should be accountable for their actions — be that members of the public or the police.

Do you place a greater importance on addressing climate change or preserving Colorado’s oil and gas industry? What steps would you take on these issues as a lawmaker?
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Source:: The Denver Post – Politics


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