Our Third Congressional District is as big as it is beautiful! With 29 counties, it totals over 54,000 square miles in area, reaches from the Utah border to Pueblo and from the Wyoming border to the New Mexico border.
The extraordinary landscapes of CD3 vary from deserts and sand dunes to high snowcapped mountains to lush mountain parks, from vital rivers to lakes and reservoirs, from small towns to mid-sized cities, with rich, productive family agriculture lands in between.
Driving through CD3 means crossing some of the highest, steepest, and most spectacular mountain passes in Colorado including: Red Mountain, Molas, Coal Bank, Independence, Pearl, Imogene, Lizard Head, Wolf Creek, Vail, Rabbit Ears, McClure, Tennessee, Kebler, LaVeta, Douglas and numerous gaps, divides and smaller passes. We are surrounded by magnificent public lands that we can use and enjoy.
Our natural resources include free flowing waters, minerals, oil, gas, and coal, diverse wildlife and habitats, steady wind, and endless sunshine.
Across our Congressional District, from Pueblo to the San Luis Valley to the mountains and deserts of the Western slope, our communities are blessed with compassionate, creative, hardworking neighbors who really care about each other. We’re also fortunate enough to have unique and innovative small businesses that enrich and diversify each community.
But over the past decade, many of our communities have been struggling to get by because of limited economic and educational opportunities, as well as soaring healthcare costs. Even in the regions that have recovered and seen economic development, there is still a lack of opportunity for many. Economic and educational inequalities have kept people in Southern Colorado and along the Western Slope from sharing fully in Colorado’s unprecedented economic growth.
We need a representative in Washington who understands the issues that we face every day. Someone who will stand up for Colorado’s way of life. Someone who will listen to us, tell us the truth, and who always knows what is in a bill before voting for it. Someone who always does her homework and relies on evidence, not ideology, for practical solutions that benefit ALL Coloradans. We need someone who works across the aisle to make life better for us and for our children.
I know from experience that working across the aisle—using partnerships, not partisanship—we can level the playing field and create more economic and educational opportunities: from my hometown of Steamboat Springs to Durango, from Pueblo to Grand Junction, and everywhere in between. Working together, we can strengthen public education, help create good paying jobs, protect our air, water, and wildlife, build and maintain 21st Century infrastructure, and make high quality healthcare available and affordable so that we can all thrive together.