Colorado State House District 45 candidate Q&A

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Katie Barrett

Democratic Party

Castle Rock
BS Biology/chemistry, MSU. MA Marriage and Family therapy, UCD
Married to fellow biology teacher and daughter is an RN.
Katie taught middle school science, math and industrial arts for 27 years. She later assisted the DA in cold case research. Katie has been solving problems for 30 years.


Why are you seeking public office?
It’s time for Douglas County to have a representative who is more inclusive. I’m heartbroken at the provocative anti-LGBTQ+ legislation introduced by the current representative. I’m a second amendment supporter, gun owner and sport shooter who believes in common sense gun legislation.

What will your top three priorities be if elected?
1- Providing resources to combat COVID using science and data.

2- Dismantle TABOR

3- Address Education needs such as funding, class size and teacher evaluations.

Do you support some type of public option health insurance or Medicare for All at the state level? If so, which and why? If not, why not?
Access to medical care, including physical, mental and women’s healthcare are a human right. This would enable every resident, especially children to enjoy a happier, healthy and productive life.

Have your views on policing and racism in Colorado changed this year? If so, how?
Recent events prove the police are grossly mishandling incidents involving people of color. Racism and bias were always suspected, but this year we have irrefutable proof of that from across the country. I’m particularly disturbed by the image of a black family being made to lie on the hot asphalt during a “stolen car” investigation in Aurora. I can’t imagine the same happening to a white family. And that’s the glaring difference.

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Do you place a greater importance on addressing climate change or preserving Colorado’s oil and gas industry? What steps would you take on these issues as a lawmaker?
Climate change is an emergency for our planet. Colorado can take the lead in showing how to reduce fossil fuel emissions by investing in clean renewable energy. Colorado is a great location for both wind and solar energy. The “Just Transitions” program is an agreement between industries and unions to move carbon fuel workers into well paid clean energy jobs. I will do all I can to support this.

Should Colorado consider any new gun laws? If so, which do you support?
Two new gun laws are safe storage and increased concealed carry training. Safe storage would mandate that guns not in the possession of the owner should be securely locked away to prevent theft, reduce suicides, and prevent accidental shootings. Gun owners should carry firearm insurance to mitigate damages done by unsecured firearms. As a person who has completed several concealed carry classes I find the standards and training for a permit to be grossly inadequate. Training should be standardized, include live firing and simulations of stressful situations, as well as regular ongoing training to raise awareness and skill of those carrying deadly weapons.

Caryn Ann Harlos

Libertarian Party

Castle Rock
Associates Degree
Current National Secretary for Libertarian Party


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