Hello, Everyone. I cast my very first vote in the House today. It was a Yes vote on the Nurse's Compact Bill. That bill passed the Senate on Friday with a wide margin and passed in the House today. There is a deadline that must be met to get this to the Governor's desk for signature. This bill is very important for the nurses who work so hard, but it also very important to those hospitals and clinics who need good nurses and those nurses are hard to find. I was very happy to cast that vote and, as always, I am in awe of every single person who has that special gift that is necessary because of what they do and what they deal with every single day.
Today was the State of the State Address by Governor Hickenlooper in the House Chambers. It will be the last one he will deliver as Governor because of term limitations. He does speak well and adds humor at times to the speech. There was a room full of people from the State Senate, State Supreme Court, the entire Governor's staff and Cabinet. There was special guests introduced including the Noosa Yogurt founder from Belleview, CO. That company now employs 240 people. T...here as also a 7 year old young lady from Colorado Springs who started a charity to help the homeless which has grown. She was a little darling. I am taking part in and being in attendance at some wonderful parts of what makes our great state work. What I have entered into is daunting but amazing. I am sure we are going to be able to do very good things for my constituents in House District 47. I have no doubt of that. Don't forget to make plans to attend the National Western Stock Show if you possibly can. There is something for every member of the family and is interesting and fun at the same time!
Tomorrow, January 10, 2018, is the Opening of the Colorado General Assembly. I am very excited to be a part of that and excited to do everything I possibly can to help District 47 and Southern Colorado. This will prove to be a very interesting Assembly, I have no doubt. Every person I have met has been friendly and helpful. I will keep you posted on developments as we work through this, and I do not use "work" lightly. It will be hard work, lots of late nights and meeting, and maybe an argument or two thrown in for good measure. I am more ready for this than I have been for anything in a very long time!!!
I stepped in to meet Mariellen Marino and to meet Terri Kallish. We talked about Pueblo, our Colorado State Fair and all of the amazing things that make Pueblo a great city. I have spent a great deal of time in Pueblo all my life. I am extremely proud to represent this Steel City.
I am here having a delicious Slopper with Milagros Rodriguez, my Pueblo County Event Planner, strategizing about the many things we need to plan and to attend in Pueblo and Pueblo County. Our goal is to meet and listen to as many people as we can which is the best way for me to serve my constituency.
I attended the Pueblo County Commissioners meeting this morning. Introduced myself and spoke a bit. I stayed for the meeting and got very good insight into some of the issues in Pueblo County, including pending legislation in the City which would impact the numbers in the shelters in a harmful way. That would impact both City and County residents. It was a very productive visit.
Here we are, a couple of days before the beginning of an entirely new year. Many of us look at this is an opportunity to take a chance, to make our lives better, to do something meaningful. And every one of us wants 2018 to be brighter and better for every single human on this earth. I wish all of you time with your loved ones, time with those in your life you haven't paid much attention to lately, time to enjoy and cherish the gifts God has given you. Remember your blessings in this United States of America and never take any of what you enjoy for granted. I wish all of you a Very Happy 2018!!
Seems as though my page nudges me when I haven't taken the time to catch up with all of you. I haven't even been sworn in yet and the meeting schedule has been a whirlwind. I have been very busy in and around the Capitol this past week. I have been able to meet the staff I will be working with daily, hire my aide, and attend training sessions. I do not know at this time what my committee appointments will be. Minority Leader Patrick Neville intends to do some rearranging... in those assignments. It isn't up to me what my assignments are, but it is up to me to work my hardest in the role I have been given.
I can tell you that simply entering our Colorado State Capitol is awe inspiring. It is a magnificent building and its history is something we can and should be very proud of. I will do all I can to make sure District 47 is remembered and made stronger. It is also very important to me to be able to be a part of assuring a great future for the entire state.
I want to wish every one of you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, and a Blessed New Year. However you celebrate, cherish the family and friends in your life.
Getting ready to get to Denver for this new endeavor fills my heart with joy for sure, but also with apprehension. I have received so much support and congratulations which make more and more I will make sure I do what my District and Colorado need without fail. I have talked to several people who have problems or concerns they want me to look at. In Otero County, water and how water rights are handled is very big for the economy and for the longevity of our food productio...n capabilities. Pueblo needs to continue with its economic growth and the horrific drug problem it is dealing with. I have a meeting with one of our local school superinendents to talk about what I need to work on to make our schools succeed. Small school districts have a much different "road to hoe" than larger districts. This fact is not recognized by the Legislature and the Colorado Board of Education as often as it should. Have to remind those people in the metro areas the Colorado state line is not a couple of miles south of Fountain. My District and Southern Colorado (from Kansas to 4 Corners) does not pay taxes only to have the majority of those dollars to make life easier for those along the I25 corridor. I could go on about issues that need to be dealt with. Suffice it to say that I am ready to learn the ropes and make sure the voice of the people doesn't get lost in the "smoke of politics!"
Read my response to the ridiculous smears and lies.
Thank you all for the support and kind words. It makes me so happy to know so many of you have my back, and so quickly!
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Thank you for all of your posts of congratulations and support!! I am very ready to take on this new challenge. However, serving the vacancy is not my only goal! I am running for the House District seat in November 2018. I will need support in that endeavor from each and every one of you. I am going to do everything I can to make sure our beautiful State of Colorado does not succumb to the liberal agenda of becoming California Jr.
It is with humble gratefulness that I step up to serve as your representative to the Colorado House to fill Clarice Navarro-Ratzlaff's previously vacant HD47 seat. I hope to continue to serve you as well as her.
I am excited to see Clarice represent us on national matters and expect to see her star continue to shine. Thank you all, and I will keep you posted!