Colorado Springs City Councilman Andres Pico is the Republican candidate for Colorado's House District 16 seat.
What is your top issue for the next legislative session, and how do you plan to fix it?
Pico: Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic. Economic recovery to get people back to work as soon as possible while maintaining safety. I will look to remove barriers for businesses to get back to work and reduce costs for employers. We need to maintain testing resources and work with local officials and the medical community to balance safety and protect people's livelihood.
How can the legislature address the state's housing and cost of living issues?
Pico: The best way to lower housing costs and the related cost of living is to increase supply. I will look to remove barriers and reduce costs for housing development so that builders can increase more affordable housing and multifamily housing at affordable price points. I will look to lower energy and utility costs by expanding options and increasing competition where applicable.
Should COVID-19 be handled more at a local level or from a top-level approach in the state?
Pico: COVID-19 is best handled at the local level. County Health Departments and County Commissioners are the ones who best know their local communities and can best make those decisions. State wide mandates with a one size fits all are not appropriate in many counties.