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Election 2016

Q&A with Tim Hicks: Democrat, candidate for state House District 44


About Hicks: The Parker resident has worked for 30 years as an accounting and financial reporting manager. He has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas.

More information: TimHicksHD44@gmail.com; www.timhicks4colorado.org

Why should voters choose you for this office?

My community should be able to expect their representative to be: industrious, visible and engaged with the community, hard-working, and accessible. My opponent is absent and out of touch, meets the needs of only a small private sector and is generally unknown to the public.

Describe an accomplishment that best illustrates your effectiveness as a leader.

After the incident earlier this year that involved a high school student being taken in and questioned for 90 minutes by two members of the Douglas County School Board, I created a code of conduct/code of ethics and presented it to the board. It is slated to be discussed later this year. I am not afraid to take leadership and create solutions rather than dissonance.

How can the two major parties better work together to ensure progress at the Capitol?

The two major parties will not succeed at anything without setting aside partisan politics and creating solutions that will be good for the people who elected them to office.

What can be done to ensure the metro area's transportation system (including roads) will be able to keep up with the growing population?

I believe, first, that we each need to look at our area's respective master development plans and — if necessary — see what we can do to accelerate expansion of the infrastructure (roads, bridges and public works). To the extent that plans are insufficient based on current growth projections, we should take immediate steps to create and implement better plans. I also have a plan to work with shared-ride service providers to create a class of service that would provide deeply-discounted rates to qualified seniors who are currently underserved by RTA resources.

What issue most deserves more attention during the 2017 session than it saw in 2016?

Without a doubt, I think we have to give more attention to transportation needs. It's a hot topic in all of our fast-growing communities, but we are being too reticent about creating acceptable solutions. CDOT got some benefit from the 2016 legislative session, but not enough to make a big difference. The partisan fight between whether to float a bond issue versus freeing up money from TABOR to use for infrastructure improvement ended with nothing to show for it.


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