Smallwood outlines Republican priorities

Two-term state senator speaks at Castle Rock Town Council meeting

Thelma Grimes
tgrimes@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 1/11/22

Sen. Jim Smallwood, a guest of the Castle Rock Town Council on Jan. 4, said the Republican Caucus will have three major areas of focus as the 2022 session gets underway for the Colorado Legislature. …

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Smallwood outlines Republican priorities

Two-term state senator speaks at Castle Rock Town Council meeting

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Sen. Jim Smallwood, a guest of the Castle Rock Town Council on Jan. 4, said the Republican Caucus will have three major areas of focus as the 2022 session gets underway for the Colorado Legislature.

Smallwood, recently re-elected to his second and final four-year term, said Republicans continue to struggle in the state with a Democratic majority in the House and Senate and with Democratic Gov. Jared Polis.

Even with the minority, Smallwood said Republicans will continue to focus on affordability, public safety and education as major priorities the new session.

The 2022 session officially started on Jan. 12, with Smallwood explaining that the Colorado Legislature works 120 consecutive days, noting to council members that now is the time to communicate issues and priorities.

Smallwood said affordability is No. 1 on the Republicans’ list of priorities and noted that people are facing an uphill battle in buying homes in areas like Castle Rock, Lone Tree and Parker.

“Colorado is getting to be a very expensive place to live,” Smallwood said.

Second on the Republican priority list, Smallwood said, is public safety. While noting that he is blessed to be a leader in Douglas County where support for public safety is high, Smallwood said crime is going up across the state. Crime such as homicides and car thefts are a concern, he said.

Smallwood, a Parker resident, said Douglas County is not immune to these increases, noting that car theft is a big concern.

The third priority outlined by Smallwood is education. The two-term senator said parents should be extremely concerned about Colorado test scores, noting that reading and math levels are decreasing.

As parents are looking for options beyond public schools, Smallwood said state regulations are making things harder for charter schools and homeschooling.

Castle Rock Town Councilmember Laura Cavey said she is concerned with the state of education, noting that her own son who recently graduated from high school scoring As and Bs in math cannot function at the college level.

As part of his presentation, Smallwood also updated the council on how the recently approved state legislative redistricting map would impact Douglas County. Smallwood said the process to draw new districts was done “fairly” and Douglas County earned another representative in the process.

Smallwood said he will continue to serve the remainder of his term, and noted that this November, the representative for the new district will be elected into office.

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