Senate District 24 needs common sense leadership

By Courtney Potter

Senate District 24 (Thornton, Federal Heights, unincorporated Adams County) is home to a number of vibrant communities. People are diverse, hard-working, creative, and never give up pursing their dreams. Today, we are faced with many challenges: rising crime, affordability, and struggling public schools. Many of these challenges are the results of bad policies recently enacted by our State Legislature. It is time for elected officials at the Capitol to listen to their community members and not special interest groups.

I am a mother with kids in public schools. I want my kids to be safe and to receive an education that will give them the opportunity to prosper. Every day it seems that things have become more and more difficult from trusting our children will be safe at school, to not being able to afford basic items at the grocery store. Life doesn’t have to be this hard. 

I am running for State Senate District 24 because Thornton is my home and I care about my community. Life doesn’t have to be so difficult, and we can improve our quality of life. It starts by voting out the politicians that vote the priorities of their special interest funders more than their neighbors and voting in a new voice that will stand up for individuals in our community. 

As a mom, I am personally invested in our community. Keeping our community safe is my number one priority and that starts with providing law enforcement and first responders with the resources they need to do their jobs. It also includes ensuring we have the mental health support necessary to help struggling individuals and the tools for prosecutors to get the real bad guys off our streets.

The cost of living is on the rise while wages are stagnant. Families are struggling to pay their bills, while our Legislators have been on a spending spree, raising taxes and fees to support the largest Colorado budget ever. As a mom and small business owner, I feel the pain every day. I will fight to reduce taxes and fees so that businesses have more opportunity to grow and increase wages and families can make ends meet.

To make matters worse, our public schools are performing below the state average with 70% of our students unable to read and write at grade level making it harder for our children to get the basic education they need to succeed. Parents have been denied a voice in their kids’ education and teachers are overworked, while administrative costs grow. I will fight to make sure school funding reaches the classroom and teachers are properly paid with the resources they need to do their job. As School Board Director for Adams 12 I have built relationships with parents and teachers, so we can recreate the partnerships needed to support student success. I have been able to make a difference in a short period of time. School sports are back in middle schools and teacher pay is increasing. These are small steps in the right direction, and I am committed to doing more.

Senate District 24 is my home. This is where I raise my family and where I work. Residents deserve someone who listens, who cares, elect me as your next State Senator and I will be your voice at the Capitol. I will fight to make life more affordable, to make our neighborhoods safer and to improve education in our public schools.

Life doesn’t have to be this hard- Let’s have better days together!

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About the Author:

Courtney Potter is a candidate for State Senate District 24