Colorado state Senate District 18: Rollie Heath (D)

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State Senate

District 18

Barry P. Thoma

Rollie Heath

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.

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