Created on Monday, 10 November 2014 08:28
My fellow Puebloans,
As many of you will remember during last year’s recall election campaign I promised that, if elected, I would represent Pueblo’s traditional values and use common sense when voting on bills that came before me. At numerous meetings in Pueblo and Pueblo West I also promised to listen to my constituents and act on their concerns. After my election I kept those promises.
During my year in the Colorado Senate I unsuccessfully sponsored a bill to repeal the universal background checks and associated fees. I was hopeful that my bill to exempt honorably discharged veterans from the $50 designer license plate fee would pass but it did not; very disappointing since surely such a small token of our gratitude for the sacrifices they made for this country was in order.
However, I was successful in getting several bills passed, among them a bill to make our citizens safer from insurance fraud, a bill to bring the recording of deeds and titles into the tech age and make it easier for county clerks and recorders to do their job, and a bill to allow the terminally ill to be administered investigational drugs if they so chose, the first of its kind in the nation.
I had hoped to be able to continue representing the voters of this district in the same manner for the next four years, but the outcome of this election has precluded me from doing so. I have called Representative Leroy Garcia and expressed my congratulations to him on his victory and I wished him good luck in his next four years representing the people of Colorado State Senate District 3.
Now I wish to take this opportunity to thank all those who trusted in me enough to vote for me and elect me last year and those who continued with that trust by voting for me again this year. I would also like to thank all those who worked so diligently to seek my re-election.
Last but definitely not least I would like to thank my wife Kathryn for convincing me to enter last year’s race. By doing so we embarked on an incredible journey and a humbling experience that neither of us will ever forget.
We thank you all again for making it possible and we fervently hope for the best for Colorado and especially those living in Colorado State Senate District 3.
May God Bless you all and may God Bless these United States of America.
Created on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 13:58
Recently Pueblo and Pueblo West came to prominence when we became ground zero for a movement that has had national repercussions. When voters said, "Enough is enough!" and voted to recall Democrat State Senator Angela Giron, we were thrust into the national spotlight and, make no mistake, the upcoming election is going to highlight Pueblo and Pueblo West once again.
On March 15th Democrat Representative Leroy Garcia spoke at a Democratic fundraiser but could not say the word “RECALL” when talking about that monumental, that historic election and instead he called it "A BUMP IN THE ROAD."
Representative Garcia might not have wanted to use the “R” word in his comments, but at a recent Lincoln Day Dinner event Senator Rivera was not afraid to do so when asking if Representative Garcia could RECALL his "Yes" votes on the following:
Numerous anti-oil and anti-gas bills, bills that will hurt an industry that brings over 100 thousand high paying jobs to Colorado.
SB13-252 that will result in higher energy costs for folks who are already having trouble making ends meet.
HB13-1081 that requires teaching sex education to our children as young as kindergarten age.
HB13-1229 that created stricter background checks with associated fees (How many ways can you say taxes?) a bill that Senator Rivera tried to get repealed during the last session.
SB13-251 to allow illegal immigrants to obtain Colorado Driver’s licenses and identification cards? (After living here illegally for years, Senator Rivera’s grandmother, mother, brother and sister all returned to Mexico in the 60’s to obtain visas to return to the United States and become naturalized citizens the right way, LEGALLY.)
Before and during the last legislative session Representative Garcia and Senator Rivera had conversations in which they agreed to put politics aside and do what was best for Pueblo.
But Representative Garcia told Democrats at that March fundraiser that Pueblo is a Democrat town and Democrats need to take it back. Back to what? More of Colorado’s highest unemployment rates, more of Colorado’s highest poverty rates, more of our severely underperforming school system?
Pueblo and Pueblo West, in the RECALL election you voted for change. Your Senator is asking for your support once again. Re-Elect Senator George Rivera to Colorado State Senate District 3.
It just makes sense!