Latest News – June 14
It’s Flag Day: Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue!
Political Round Up: Two Weeks Until Primary Election
It’s two weeks until the Primary Election on Tuesday, June 28 in Lake County. By now registered voters have received their mail in ballots. While the Primary is generally seen as a precursor to the big event in November, for one seat on the Board of County Commissioners, the June 28 election is likely to determine the District Two Commissioner position as there is no Republican, or otherwise, challenger for November.
So here’s the Leadville Today report: In Their Own Words
Joe Swyers is running as a candidate for Lake County Commissioner, District Two and is opposing Candidate Sarah Mudge in the upcoming Primary Election on June 28. Since there is no other opponent in the race for this position, whomever wins the Primary Election will win the seat, so your vote truly counts here.
Swyers has been involved in city government for 12 years during this time he was a Leadville City Council Representative, served as the City Clerk and currently serves on the Leadville Planning and Zoning Commission. Being in city government has provided Swyers with the knowledge of how open, honest frugal government should be run and will use it as he serves as your Lake County.
Commissioner. Swyers believes in working for the taxpayers, cutting frivolous spending, supporting local businesses adhering to Colorado State Statutes, helping with the elderly as well as trying to get City government and County government to work with each other and unite the community as one. Sywers secured his place on the Primary ballot via the petition process.
Sarah Mudge is also running in District Two for Lake County commissioner. Mudge earned her place on the Primary ballot via the Lake County Democratic Central Committee’s Democratic Assembly process. In her own words, Mudge addresses the assembly in this Leadville Today video from March 19, 2016.
Candidate for District Three for Lake County Commissioner, Tina Tekanisk has been involved in County Government for 15 years. During this time she was an employee in Lake County Treasurer’s office as a clerk and later appointed/elected as the Treasurer/Public Trustee. Having worked as a Treasurer she has been on the side of receipting all monies received from the various offices. If she is elected of the primary, She will use her knowledge and experience in serving as County Commissioner.
Tekanisk believes in working for the taxpayers, cutting frivolous spending, supporting local businesses adhering to Colorado State Statutes, helping with the elderly as well as trying to get City government and County government to work with each other and unite the community as one. Tekanisk petitioned voters to have her name placed on the Primary ballot and secured the necessary signatures.
Bud Elliott is also running in District Three for Lake County Commissioner. Elliott earned his place on the Primary ballot via the Lake County Democratic Central Committee’s Democratic Assembly process. In his own words, Elliott addresses the assembly in this Leadville Today video from March 19, 2016.
Meet The Candidates: One Last Time Before Primary
It’s worth mentioning that the Lake County Democratic Central Committee (LCDCC) is hosting a last minute “Meet the Democratic Candidates Night” for the upcoming Primary Election on Tuesday, June 28.
So if you still have questions or haven’t vetted out your vote yet, you’ll have another chance to ask questions and get answers tonight. The event is at 6 p.m. up at Colorado Mountain College in the Climax Building, the KW room. While the discussion is open to the public and will include candidate statements, a public Q&A, and then a final closing statement from each candidate, LCDCC Chair Sarah Dallas reported to Leadville Today that not all of the candidates have confirmed their appearance at tonight’s event.
The 2016 Session: Working for our Communities
By Senator Kerry Donovan
A midnight thump of the gavel on Wednesday, May 11 ended 120 days of floor work, months of bill reading, and my second session as the State Senator from Senate District 5. Making sure the voices of the seven counties I represent are heard amongst the noise of special interests and partisan politics is not easy. Your backing however, through your emails and phone calls, made a huge difference in having our communities’ stories break through this session.
Despite a tough political climate in an election year, I put the needs of our counties in Senate District 5 at the forefront. With your help, we became the first state in the nation to create a Public Lands Day, sending the signal that our public lands should be set aside not for one person, but instead the collective good. After hearing from so many of you, I successfully carried a bill to address the mounting costs of healthcare in our region by examining the creation of a single geographic rating. This study is due by the end of summer, and will help ultimately give us a pathway toward bringing down healthcare costs.
From Public Lands Day, to a new agricultural conservation water right, to working with great institutions like Western and CMC to help them move forward, to securing resources to address legacy mine clean-up, I am proud that with your support, and by building relationships with fellow Senators across the aisle, a number of my bills that reflect the values and needs of our communities made their way to the Governor to be signed into law.
From January 13 to May 11, my colleagues and I succeeded in lifting up other priorities designed to level the playing field for all hard-working Coloradans. Such bills that I supported include providing our veterans with expanded opportunities to re-enter the workforce, helping rural schools recruit and retain great teachers, expanding access to affordable housing through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program, and bolstering the BEST program that has been so critical to repairing and building schools in our rural communities. As a body, we passed a balanced budget that includes funding for several important items, like bringing down our alarmingly-high suicide rate through greater resources and preventing K-12 public school funding from being cut.
While there were wins for our communities, there were disappointing losses. Two of the most disappointing involved bills I worked on. One would expand access to broadband internet in rural communities, and the other would create emergency grants for areas experiencing significant job loss. While both bills had initial support in the building, they unfortunately were undone by special interests and partisan politics.
In a 21st century world with a globalizing economy, our rural communities are finding it more difficult to compete. That’s why I remain committed to working on these critical issues — because we must bridge the rural digital divide, and we must ensure that all Coloradans outside the metro areas are able to compete and succeed in the communities they call home.
While it was a tough session filled with spirited debate, I am proud of my work at the Capitol on behalf of the people of Senate District 5, and remain optimistic that when we do come together, there is no shortage of the good we can do for our communities. This spring, I will be in your communities to hear your thoughts, and to ask you if Colorado is working for you. In those meetings, I want to hear from you what we can do better to make sure we have an economy that is working for everyone, and make sure that our Colorado way of life is protected.
Over the summer I hope to run into you at a community event and, if I don’t, please never hesitate to call me. This fall, I will again do a listening tour to decide together with you what bills would best help our communities. It is an honor and privilege to represent you at the State Capitol, and I thank you for your ongoing support. Please continue to stay in touch!
Kerry Donovan is the State Senator for Senate District 5. The district represents seven counties on the Western Slope and the Arkansas Valley: Chaffee, Delta, Eagle, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Lake and Pitkin.