Q&A with Danielle Kombo, Democratic candidate for state House District 45


City or town of residence and how long lived there: Castle Rock, almost nine years

Profession: Talent acquisition consultant/recruiter

Related elected-office or public-service experience: None

Why are you seeking this office?

I am running because I truly want to make our country and our community safe and put an end to extreme partisan politics that are driving the focus away from what our community needs to thrive. Our state needs legislators who will work to improve infrastructure, including accessible public transportation to cut down on the traffic through the I-25 corridor, place funding back into our public schools, and develop a health-care model that is both affordable and quality-driven.

What makes you the most qualified person for the position?

In addition to a busy mom of four, I am a small business owner, and a proud American. As a small business owner I would support economic development in my district that would not only attract large business but help small businesses thrive as well. Prior to starting my business, I worked in health care for 10 years for the largest health-care organization in Colorado. Working in health care as a project coordinator, physician recruiter, and clinic supervisor gave me insight into the issues we are facing in regards to health care in our state.

What would your top two priorities be if elected?

My priority is protecting the safety and well-being of the people in this community while making sure we are not infringing on the rights of law-abiding citizens. We need common-sense legislation like the Red Flag Bill to protect people from harming themselves and others by way of a temporary restraining order to remove firearms from their possession. The people benefiting from the Second Amendment the most are the gun manufacturers and gun dealers. We can't have a bottom line determine our safety.

Second, I will pursue all avenues to make sure our health-care system works for everyone. This includes fighting for quality and affordable health care, and affordable drug prices. In addition, we are not meeting the needs for mental health treatment in our state.

What else should the voters know about you?

I am the right Kombo for the community and the right Kombo for Colorado! I want to work for the great people of the this state and also make history by being the first African-American to represent HD 45!


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