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Election 2016

Q&A with Sue Sharkey: Republican, candidate for University of Colorado regent, District 4


About Sharkey: The incumbent, a Castle Rock resident, has been a CU Regent since 2010. She has experience in a family-owned retail business and in banking.

More information: suzeshark@gmail.com; www.sharkey4regent.com

Why are you seeking this office?

I believe everyone should have the opportunity to achieve the American dream. For many people, education is the key that opens the door to this opportunity. A well-educated citizenry is crucial to keeping our nation free and strong. I was raised in a military family and these values were instilled in me from birth. Serving as a CU Regent is an opportunity to contribute to what I so strongly believe in.

Why should voters choose you for this office?

I've been effective as a regent in my first term, with a commitment to keeping tuition costs down and providing educational opportunities to first-generation college students through the pre-collegiate program. My efforts also have been instrumental in establishing a policy that fights discrimination on the basis of political affiliation and philosophy.

Describe an accomplishment that best illustrates your effectiveness as a leader.

I have worked across the board and the university system to advance the freedom of ideas and support for military families that led to legislation signed by the governor. Collaborating with community leaders to enhance college access, and promoting these ideas to the university.

What will your top priority be if elected?

I will continue to focus on fiscal responsibility, seeking cost reductions and efficiencies, and reducing costly, inefficient policies. Increasing revenue is key, especially through research, online education, private funding through donors, and partnerships with the business community.

What else should voters know about you?

I seek greater ideological diversity at the university through initiatives such as the Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy at the Boulder campus, in addition to growing the Center for Western Civilization.


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