Barry P. Thoma
Republican Barry Thoma is running against Democratic incumbent Rollie Heath for the District 18 Senate seat, which represents Boulder, Niwot, Hygiene, Nederland, Ward, Lyons, Jamestown and Allenspark. Thoma, an engineer at Raytheon who lives in the Sugarloaf area, says he thinks the federal government’s budgets is in “chaos” and that he thinks his responsibility as a state legislator should include building a “firewall” against similar problems on the state level. He also believes Colorado should pass a law reinforcing liberties enshrined in the Bill of Rights, including lifting limits on purchasing ammo and banning “all state and local governmentally imposed speech codes, formal or informal, at public institutions and in public places.”
“The maintenance of our political and economic freedoms are my primary goals in running for the state Senate,” he says. “There is no greater duty that can be performed by our state legislators.”
Rollie Heath is the incumbent, and he gets our endorsement. He is a tireless champion of education, and during his time as an elected public official he has proven to be an effective legislator capable of crossing the aisle and getting things done. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Heath deserves an additional term.