Q&A with Richard Champion, candidate for state House District 38

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Party: Republican

Residence: Columbine Valley

Campaign website: www.championforcolorado.com

What makes you the best choice for this office?

I have lived in Arapahoe County for 53 years, graduating from Arapahoe High School, as well as serving my country with honor in the U.S. Army. I am also a former mayor, town trustee and police commissioner for Columbine Valley. These life experiences have prepared me for my current involvement in our state legislature with regard to listening to and supporting my constituents, bipartisan communication and understanding and solving our upcoming budgetary shortfalls for next year. This, combined with my passion for helping people and serving my community I believe makes me the best choice to represent House District 38.

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

At this time, the most glaring agenda issues revolve around coronavirus, and reviving our economy and public safety without which a society cannot rebound, let alone flourish. I will work to ensure that in the future there are clearly defined metrics offered as to why our economy would be shut down and what metrics would need to be achieved in order to re-open all of Colorado. Additionally, safety and security are paramount for a healthy, robust economy, and as such we need to make it clear that destroying property, lives, and businesses is unacceptable and that we support our police.

What steps would you take to overcome partisan divide?

To be an effective leader, you must establish relationships with those that oppose your ideas, as well as support your constituents. I have and will continue to support legislation that is good for my district and Colorado, regardless of whether it is proposed by a "D" or an "R." Many claim they will do this, but I have proven it with my voting record voting aye on almost 200 bipartisan bills, and aye to at least 29 Democrat bills — which clearly outline that I vote according to principle — not party line on a varying range of issues.

How should the General Assembly address budget shortfalls?

One way to address our state's budget shortfall is to consider a 2% temporary salary reduction for our state's employees. Because state-funded employees have not been as monetarily affected as our small businesses have been, this would generate a significant source of revenue for our state to get our economy booming again, and help people get off unemployment and other government programs. In the past, I've had to figure out many times where to trim the fat. Currently, there is fat in the state's budget and I am not afraid to propose necessary cuts to revitalize Colorado's economy.

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

Right now, businesses are boarded up to protect from vandalism or because the lockdown has put them out of business. People don't know if they will be safe if they take a nighttime stroll in downtown Denver. This isn't the Colorado that I know and love and I am going to fight like hell to make Colorado one of the most desirable places in the world to live and visit again. When I look back at the end of my term and know that I fought with everything I had toward that end, I will consider my term a success.

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