Colorado Springs Independent Chooses Exum

State House District 17

Tony Exum, D (incumbent), vs. Kit Roupe, R

Kit Roupe says that House District 17 needs someone who can get big government out of the way in order to let its residents realize the American Dream. We were disappointed that she didn’t respond to our invitation to interview for an endorsement, when we would have asked her to elaborate on that, because we’re not convinced that’s her district’s most pressing need.

A former soldier who owns a pet-sitting business, Roupe ran for this seat once before, in 2008, and lost. She has talked to an Independent reporter for news stories a couple times in recent months, and has said that if she were elected this time, her biggest focus would be helping other small-business owners, which seems like a more noteworthy goal.

Tony Exum, who has served one term and would like another, seems to be an accessible representative. More than that, in the 2013 session he carried and got passed the “Breakfast After the Bell” bill, which provides a morning meal for all students in public schools that serve a high percentage of at-risk kids. He’s also worked to get contractors to do more hiring in-state, and to give tax breaks to people who reduce the risk of wildfires reaching their homes, among other concerns.

Asked about his focus on medium-sized problems, the former firefighter replied, “I’m not using this as a platform or a stepping stone. I’m looking for opportunities to help improve the quality of people’s lives.”

Vote Exum.


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