To the editor:
I am asking the voters of Moffat County to vote for me to be your state representative in House District 57.
Redistricting has opened this seat to the possibility of having a Moffat County resident elected to the state legislature for the first time since 1968!
My husband and I raised our children in Moffat County. I love this part of the state and I understand the issues that are important to people in this area.
I am a native Coloradan and a 38-year resident of Moffat County. I taught at Moffat County High School for 29 years and served on the Moffat County Board of Education for 8 years, four as president.
Recently, Governor Hickenlooper re-appointed me to serve on the State Council for Educator Effectiveness. I have lobbied in Denver on educational issues.
I know the process for getting legislation passed. I will be ready on day one to represent you.
My opponent and I have very different values on a number of issues important to this district. With education funding, for instance, I am a strong supporter of our public schools and will work hard to find ways to bolster the state’s financial support for education.
My opponent on the other hand has called for committing your tax dollars toward vouchers for private schools that do not have to accept all students the way public schools do.
On energy, economic development and the environment, I am committed to help our diverse communities and economies thrive. I support energy development both below and above ground, but I also recognize the need to protect our environment and the economic activities such as agriculture, outfitting, tourism and recreation that depend on a healthy backcountry and access to clean water resources.
I am a Democrat, but I have worked with people with different political views throughout my residency in Moffat County. I have worked hard to collaborate with my fellow board members and teachers and I know what hard work that can be.
I commit to continue to represent all of the citizens of H.D. 57. I believe participation matters, that government matters and that democracy matters and that is why I am running for the state legislature.
For more information about me and my stand on several issues, please visit my website: www.joannbaxter.com.
I would appreciate your vote on November 6.
Jo Ann Baxter, PhD
Candidate for House District 57
885 School St.