Mary Bradfield is the Republican candidate for Colorado's House District 21 seat.
What is your top issue for the next legislative session, and how do you plan to fix it?
Bradfield: "I have three issues I will be pursuing as a legislator, mental health, affordable housing, and public safety. Mental Health is my top priority. A “fix” would be the ideal outcome but not likely since it is a very complicated matter affecting different demographics, i.e., homeless, veterans, teens, new mothers, etc. If the situation was perfectly timed, I would work with fellow legislators providing funding for local governments and organizations to not just address the mental health problems but to implement functioning, efficient programs helping people in need. The question of funding is simple - restructure our state budget, reducing and eliminating bloated, inefficient programs and redirecting those funds to a 'Colorado Comprehensive Mental Health Initiative.'"
How can the legislature address the state's housing and cost of living issues?
Bradfield: "Since affordable housing is one of my three issues, this is a great
question. Everyone deserves the opportunity to provide housing they can afford for their families. Many of the fees/costs imposed on builders/developers are between the local county and municipalities. As a state legislator, I will work with the building and housing industries to find the common ground and free market solutions for guidelines that can be implemented on a local government level."
Should COVID-19 be handled more at a local level or from a top-level approach in the state?
Bradfield: "I believe the guidelines should be provided by the experts who see the big picture. The implementation of these guidelines should be managed at the local level adapting these guidelines as appropriate for their population."