Former Arapahoe County Commissioner Susan Beckman is running for state House District 38. She served on Littleton City Council from 1999 to 2001 before representing District 1 of Arapahoe County from 2001-13.
Beckman, 56, graduated from Colorado …
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Former Arapahoe County Commissioner Susan Beckman is running for state House District 38. She served on Littleton City Council from 1999 to 2001 before representing District 1 of Arapahoe County from 2001-13.Beckman, 56, graduated from Colorado State University-Pueblo with a degree in communications and earned a certificate in state and local government from the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education. Prior to entering the election, she stepped down from her position as director of administrative solutions for the state Department of Human Services. Beckman's husband, Bruce, is the mayor of Littleton.Why are you seeking this position?To protect the quality of life that we have here in Colorado, in Arapahoe County and most importantly in House District 38. I am concerned about our personal freedoms, about the over-regulation of our energy economy, and an ever-growing state budget that focuses on increasing entitlement benefits instead of essential services, education and transportation. I am running to bring fiscal accountability, appropriate prioritization, and transparency to the state's budgeting process.What makes you the best person for the job?I have a wide range of experience, a proven track record of being accountable to the community, of being frugal with taxpayer's money, and of making things happen that others said could not be done. I want to take to the state Legislature the lessons that I learned about stewardship of your tax dollars and responsive government service while serving as an Arapahoe County commissioner. Our Legislature must find new ways to streamline and deliver essential services without increasing taxes or sacrificing quality. I will continue my track record of fiscal responsibility, innovative thinking and tireless work ethic to accomplish these goals. This strong leadership has benefited the region by improving transportation, encouraging economic development, streamlining government and keeping our property rates taxes low.What will your top two priorities be, if elected?As your next House District 38 representative, I will focus on regulatory reform and transportation infrastructure. I will fight to stop unreasonable regulations for small business, to support the jobs and businesses that the energy sector brings to Colorado, and to maintain strong local control in schools and municipalities. I will focus on those issues regarding transportation infrastructure. It is wrong that a $27 billion state budget was adopted this year with less than $200 million for road construction projects. We cannot sit by and watch our transportation infrastructure deteriorate.
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