Colorado State House District 3 candidate Q&A

Meg Froelich

Democratic Party

AGE
57
RESIDENCE
Englewood
PROFESSION
Documentary Filmmaker
EDUCATION
BA Bryn Mawr College, MA University of Michigan
FAMILY
Parent of three children, one attending college and two college graduates who are working professionals.
EXPERIENCE
Greenwood Village City Council 2003-07, Colorado State House 2019-20, small business owner, former teacher, documentary filmmaker.

Why are you seeking public office?
I’ve been privileged to serve in the Colorado State House for two years and I’m proud of what we have accomplished. I am seeking re-election to continue to work for all Coloradans, not special interests.

What will your top three priorities be if elected?
My priorities continue to be adequate and equitable funding for public education, to preserve Colorado’s air, land, and water, and to ensure an economy that works for all.

Do you support some type of public option health insurance or Medicare for All at the state level? If so, which and why? If not, why not?
I am in favor of increasing accessibility to and affordability of health insurance and think a public option should be considered.

Have your views on policing and racism in Colorado changed this year? If so, how?
The urgency for action to address systemic racism and policing became very apparent this year. I am proud of our first-in-the nation, landmark, bi-partisan police accountability bill, SB217.

Do you place a greater importance on addressing climate change or preserving Colorado’s oil and gas industry? What steps would you take on these issues as a lawmaker?
It is unfortunate that this question presupposes that the two cannot coexist. As demonstrated in SB19-181 we can place health and safety as the priority of the oil and gas commission, continue to issue permits and address climate change.

Should Colorado consider any new gun laws? If so, which do you support?
Yes I am in favor of common sense gun violence prevention measures, including reporting of lost and stolen firearms, and safe storage measures.

Dean Titterington

Republican Party

AGE
68
RESIDENCE
Unincorporated Arapahoe County
PROFESSION
Shopping Center Management
EDUCATION
A.A., B.A. Business
FAMILY
Wife Cindy, 2 sons both CSU grads.
EXPERIENCE
CoFounder Cherry Creek Charter Academy & President first 8 years, founding Board Member Charter School Institute 6 years, Co. State Review Panel 9 years, CDE Charter Support Team 11 years

Why are you seeking public office?
I believe that one party Democrat rule in a city or a state over a period of time will lead to the same outcomes we can see in places like California, Portland, Seattle, Chicago and others. Outcomes include more poverty, more homelessness, more lawlessness, sky high taxes, budgets busted by debt and poor management, over regulation and, most importantly, loss of individual freedoms. Colorado can become a place where citizens recognize that their values are “cancelled” and they feel compelled to move out.

What will your top three priorities be if elected?
1. EDUCATION EQUITY. Having served on the State Review Panel for 9 years and and evaluating the lowest academically performing schools, it is clear to me that these schools need significantly more resources and maximum school choice. Failing K-8 schools need to be year around schools with a proven curriculum that focuses on subject matter (knowledge). There is way to get this done if Democrats have the will. 2. The PROPER ROLE OF GOVERNMENT is to have the least amount of regulation as possible and to preserve individual freedoms as much as possible, particularly free speech and job creation. 3. STAND UP TO AND NOT STAND DOWN FOR LAWLESSNESS! Coddling criminals while punishing our police is in vogue and has to stop. Every citizen must be and feel safe everywhere in Colorado.

Do you support some type of public option health insurance or Medicare for All at the state level? If so, which and why? If not, why not?
I don’t support either. Simply put, creating a government bureaucracy to administer approximately 20% of the entire U.S. economy that is healthcare is a recipe for disaster. The Veteran’s Hospitals are a smaller example of how badly a government run healthcare system can become. Who wants unaccountable bureaucrats making decisions for patients? It will result in overall poorer care, fewer options, more expensive care, rampant abuse, and rationed care. A public option for health insurance that will likely be subsidized by tax dollars will be designed to lead to single payer healthcare in the long run. Most who support these things are primarily interested in establishing a socialist form of government and this would be a key step in that direction.

Have your views on policing and racism in Colorado changed this year? If so, how?
The preamble to the Constitution states that the reason for the Constitution is ….” in order to form a more perfect union…” We never have had a perfect country and no perfect country has ever existed on earth. We will never have a perfect country and none will ever exist on earth. Where humans are involved, failure to live up to our perfect expectations will continue because, after all, we are human. The United States will always be a work in progress as it relates to racism and a myriad of other justice issues. Still, no nation can match the United States in terms of being a force for worldwide freedom and justice. Tragically, current divisions are being intentionally misconstrued and inflamed by a few in order to implement an agenda for socialism.

Do you place a greater importance on addressing climate change or preserving Colorado’s oil and gas industry? What steps would you take on these issues as a lawmaker?
First, this is NOT an either/or issue as the question is framed. A healthy environment and a vibrant oil and gas industry are both achievable. There must be common sense applied to achieve both. At this time, we are hearing a lot about how all climate change is all due to fossil fuels. The world had climate change before fossil fuels became a factor and will most certainly continue after renewable energy is predominant. We must foster an orderly transition that does not arbitrarily wreck our economy and standard of living. Renewable sources and innovation will eventually result in plentiful and economical energy. We just cannot do it “overnight” as the fear mongers would have it done, for example through 2500 foot setbacks.

Should Colorado consider any new gun laws? If so, which do you support?
I do not support any new gun laws. In the final analysis, incrementally adding new gun laws all the time is an agenda meant to thwart our 2nd amendment rights and eventually ban or confiscate all guns. This is a part of an agenda necessary to achieve socialism and Marxism in the United States.

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