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Regent of the University of Colorado: Stephen Ludwig (D)

Regent of the University of Colorado—At Large

Tyler Belmont

Brian Davidson

Stephen Ludwig

Daniel Ong 

Stephen Ludwig, 45, a Democrat, was elected to his current seat on the University of Colorado Board of Regents in November 2006. He earned his B.A. from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 1993 and was vice chair of the Board of Regents from 2010 to 2011.

According to Ludwig, one of his major accomplishments during his six-year term was passing the guaranteed admission program for community college transfer students, which was approved in 2010.

Ludwig says he recognizes the importance of affordable higher education and pledges to help implement policies that will help the university achieve more efficient business operations.

“I want as many people to have access to affordable higher education as possible. And I know a strong higher education system is critical to the state’s economic well-being,” he says. “That’s why I’m running for re-election, so I can continue to help make a difference for individuals, families, businesses and our state.”

Ludwig won his seat in 2006 by less than a percentage point over Brian Davidson, who is once again the Republican candidate for the at-large seat.

“I think there is going to be a much tighter race between Republicans and Democrats in general,” says Davidson, 35. “When I ran in 2006, it was a very difficult year for Republican candidates.”

Davidson is a three-time graduate of CU, including a doctorate degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and a master’s in business administration from CU-Denver. Davidson currently serves as a member of the board of directors at Denver Medical Society and is an assistant professor of anesthesiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

One of the biggest issues in this year’s regent election is tuition costs. Davidson, who owes $130,000 in student loans from medical school, says he believes affordability of higher education is the number one issue.

While Ludwig has said he would ban guns on campus, given the opportunity, Davidson agrees with the Colorado Supreme Court allowing guns on campus as long as the person has a concealed carry permit.

“I am happy with the new policy. I think it is consistent with Colorado law and is also safe,” he says. “My hope is that we leave it as is and move onto issues that are more pertinent, such as higher education costs.”

Tyler Belmont, 18, a member of the American Constitution Party, is a student at Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs. If elected, Belmont would become the youngest-ever regent at the University of Colorado.

Daniel Ong, a Libertarian, attended the University of Colorado and is the upper-division physics laboratory coordinator at the Denver campus. Ong has said he hopes to help CU increase its revenue streams and efficiencies to control high tuition rates. One suggestion is using potential increased revenue from legalizing and taxing marijuana to fund higher education, according to Vote411.org.

Though Davidson has solid experience that makes him well-qualified to take this seat, the Board of Regents has not seen a Democratic majority in 32 years, and that could make for a healthy balance to the conservative policies of CU President Bruce Benson.

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