Paul Jones, House District 59

Paul Jones is running for State Representative in House District 59 to represent ALL of the people –– not the party bosses or special interests. He is refusing all PAC contributions.

Paul is not a politician; he’s a retired game warden and wildlife biologist who got sick of politics of usual in Denver and decided to give voters a new choice and a new voice. As a lifelong independent, he’s committed to finding common ground to reduce the cost of health care, improve local infrastructure, and protect our public lands.

Paul has a strong path to victory and can become the first independent elected to the Colorado State House in over 100 years. He’s been endorsed by the Colorado Chamber of Commerce, Unite Colorado and former state legislators of both political parties.

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        Meet Paul.

        Paul Jones is running for State Representative in House District 59 to represent ALL of the people –– not the party bosses or special interests. He is refusing all PAC contributions.

        Paul is not a politician; he’s a retired game warden and wildlife biologist who got sick of politics of usual in Denver and decided to give voters a new choice and a new voice. As a lifelong independent, he’s committed to finding common ground to reduce the cost of health care, improve local infrastructure, and protect our public lands.

        Paul is running against Rep. Barbara McLachlan –– an incumbent who votes with her party over 98% of the time and has accepted over $87,000 from PACs and other special interests. No Republican candidate qualified for the ballot.

        Paul has a clear path to victory and can become the first independent elected to the Colorado State House in over 100 years. He’s been endorsed by the Colorado Chamber of Commerce, Unite Colorado and former state legislators of both political parties.

        Paul resides in Gunnison, CO, with his wife and two sons.

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        About Paul Jones:

        • Public Servant: Paul has spent his career as a game warden, wildlife biologist, and law enforcement officer –– taking care of our natural resources and public lands. He’s running to continue to protect what makes Southwest Colorado a special place.
        • Lifelong Independent: Paul’s mother was a Democrat, and his father was a Republican. Paul has been a lifelong independent and knows how important it is to find common ground between both sides to get things done. He stands for putting people over party.
        • One of Us:  Paul was born in Montrose and has lived in Gunnison since 1995. He’s been married to his wife Kathy for 24 years and raised two boys. He’ll fight for our common-sense Southwest Colorado values in Denver.

         

        About Paul’s Positions:

        A well-paying job, health care security, and a good education are the backbone of the middle class that Paul will fight for every single day if elected. These are not partisan issues –– these are people issues!

        • Economic opportunity. Wages are flat as costs rise. Paul believes rural Colorado can unlock greater prosperity by supporting small businesses, improving infrastructure, and expanding rural broadband.

        • Affordable healthcare. Paul’s family faced financial hardship when his son was diagnosed with two autoimmune disorders last year. His own insurance rates are set to increase by 20% next year. Paul will work to make healthcare more affordable, and ensure no family faces bankruptcy because of a medical crisis. In addition, Paul will work to develop quality mental health services and increase effective suicide-prevention measures on the Western Slope.

        • Excellent education. Paul’s son is paying 160% more to attend the same college Paul did just 30 years ago. Paul will fight to make a high-quality education more affordable for every student, regardless of their zip code. He will also seek to improve school systems by implementing vocational training and certificate/apprenticeship programs that can provide students options for a variety of quality jobs. 
        • Pro-Liberty. Paul is committed to protecting our rights granted by the First, Second, and Fourth Amendments. He signed on to Unite Colorado’s “Declaration of Independents” which calls for a commitment to equality under the law.
        • Protecting public lands. Paul would maintain the viability of the state’s land conservation easements to protect agriculture and wildlands from development. He’d also work to find innovative ways ease the impacts of the outdoors and recreation industry on public lands, and work to protect water rights on the Western Slope.

         

        About Barbara McLachlan:

        • Stands with Her Party First: Rep. Barbara McLachlan votes with her party over 98% of the time in the legislature. How can Rep. McLachlan possibly be a voice for our region when she votes in lock-step with her Denver party bosses?

        • Bankrolled by PACs: Rep. Barbara McLachlan’s campaign is bankrolled by special interests –– accepting more than $87,000 from special interest and corporate PACs like XCEL Energy, AT&T Colorado, and the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association.
        • Puts Special Interests over Public Interest: When Democrats and Republicans joined together to pass bipartisan legislation this year to close the state’s $32 billion pension shortfall, Democrat Barbara McLachlan sided with the labor unions that fund her campaign and voted “NO” (SB18-200). McLachlan put short-term political interests ahead of the state’s long-term fiscal well-being –– jeopardizing the sustainability of our budget, the solvency of our retirement programs, and the stability of our state’s credit rating.
        • Bigger Government, Higher Taxes, More Regulation: Rep. Barbara McLachlan voted with her party bosses to hike payroll taxes on workers to fund another big government retirement program (HB18-1298) and to impose new regulations on small businesses regarding benefits they must provide employees (HB18-1001).