Colorado State House District 27 candidate Q&A

Cory Schaeffer

Libertarian Party

Electrical Engineer
Bachelors Degree from Pennsylvania State University, College of Engineering
Married with three children
25 years working in businesses both large and small designing products and leading teams.

Why are you seeking public office?
Like many of my neighbors, I have been frustrated in my efforts to find a home within the traditional two parties that have dominated our political landscape for the past 150 years. I found that this search presented me with the option of signing on to a party line that did not resonate with my beliefs or striking off on a different path. I selected that alternate path, and believe that a majority of Coloradans join me in that desire. As a third party candidate, I am not beholden to an un-elected party leadership. My ability to be your voice is not constrained by party politics. I have no barriers that prevent me from working with other members of the Legislature, regardless of party affiliation, to deliver common sense solutions on behalf of my constituents.

What will your top three priorities be if elected?
1 – Elimination of state income tax
2 – Reduction of occupational licensing requirements
3 – Minimization of state government scope and influence

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?
No. Governments are ill-equipped to serve as providers of health insurance programs and cannot do so as effectively and efficiently as the free market.

Have your views on policing and racism in Colorado changed this year? If so, how?
They have evolved in that I have a deeper appreciation of how some policies, such as drug prohibitions, have created an environment for over-policing.

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?
Colorado is blessed to have a thriving renewable energy industry, and despite recent challenges, a historically strong oil and gas industry. These strengths enable Colorado energy consumers to vote with their dollars. The role for lawmakers should be to get out of the way and trust their constituents to make the decisions that are in the best interests of themselves and their communities.

Should Colorado consider any new gun laws? If so, which do you support?
No. Any proposed changes to gun laws should be presented directly to the voters via an amendment to the state constitution.

Vicki Pyne and Brianna Titone have not returned the questionnaire.

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