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I ran for State Representative because I believe in a brighter future for Colorado and our Western Slope community – a future filled with opportunity, where hard work is rewarded and Coloradans have a fair shot at the American Dream.

While the rest of Colorado has been feeling the effects of the recovery, our Western Slope community has lagged behind. Many families are still having a hard time making ends meet and being able to save for college and retirement.

As a lifelong educator, I know our kids need an education system that prepares them for the jobs of tomorrow – our Western Slope districts deserve our fair share of funding.

As a teacher in this district for 20 years, I have had personal experience dealing with shrinking budgets while maintaining high-quality education for our students. Our kids need an education system that prepares them for the jobs of tomorrow, and when we have the resources we need, our kids learn and achieve more

We will do better for our students and families. We will do better for Southwestern Colorado.

–Barbara