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It is good to be back on the air with my accountability reports because my website and e-mail blasts have been on pause since August while we work to re-design the website and improve communication systems and outreach. We are almost there, and I want to thank you for your support and encouragement in this public service work that I do on your behalf. It is indeed a labor of love.
During this interim period, I chaired the Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force that ended October 16 with seven bills moving forward. I have also been serving on the Cancer, Cardiovascular, and Pulmonary Disease Review (CCPD) Committee, the Community Living Advisory Group and the All Payer Claims Database Advisory Group, the Colorado Youth Advisory Council, and I was recently appointed to the Flood Disaster Recovery Study Committee. Looking ahead to the 2014 legislative session that starts January 8, I will be serving on three Senate Committees of Reference – Health & Human Services, Local Government (vice-chair) and Business, Labor & Technology. Please keep in touch and take care.
State Senator for the City of Fort Collins (SD-14)
In six years in the Colorado House, Representative Kefalas has worked hard to make a difference for the people of Fort Collins. Listen to some of your neighbors explain why they support John Kefalas.
Dr. Guadalupe Salazar, Director, El Centro - Click here
Richard Brack, "Conservative Progressive" - Click here
Dr. John Bender, Miramont Family Medicine - Click here
State Senator Bob Bacon - Click here
Timio Archuleta, Business Manager, IBEW - Click here
Kim Jordan, Co-Founder and CEO, New Belgium Brewery - Click here
Mat Dinsmore, WIlbur's Total Beverage - Click here
Jennifer Sajbel, Clinical Dietitian - Click here
Chinmay Pandit, Fossil Ridge High School Student - Click here
Gail Barrera, Disability Resource Center - Click here
Dr. Hans D. Hochheimer, CSU Professor - Click here
A few kind words from my friends and The Coloradoan:
"Kefalas has shown time and time again that he has Fort Collins’ best interests at heart. His experience with the state budgeting process, his desire to help create jobs and advance our economic recovery, and genuine heart with which he leads helps ensure a future where we’re not just surviving, but growing."
"It has been an honor serving Fort Collins as your State Senator for the past eight years, and I am pleased that Rep. John Kefalas is running to replace me. No one in the state legislature works harder than John to represent his constituents, build consensus, and craft solutions to the problems we face together.
I know John will be a great State Senator for Fort Collins, and I hope you will support him as enthusiastically as I do."
Senator Bob Bacon, Senate District 14
“I have known John Kefalas for many years as a compassionate and determined advocate for people and the environment in Fort Collins and statewide. Having served with John for 6 years in the House of Representatives, I can say without hesitation that he is one of the hardest working, most effective members of the General Assembly. He is not afraid to reach his hand across partisan divides to get things done for his constituents. I have been privileged to serve alongside John in the House and wholeheartedly endorse his efforts to become Fort Collins’ next state Senator.”
Representative Randy Fischer, House District 53
Elected and Former Elected Officials:
Former State Senator Peggy Reeves
Former State Senator Moe Keller
PSD School Board Member Nancy Tellez (District F)
Organizations That Have Endorsed John:
Colorado Professional Fire Fighters
Colorado Fraternal Order of Police
Colorado Nurses Association
Colorado Medical Society
Colorado Dental Association
Colorado Physicians for Mental Health
Colorado Chiropractic Association
Colorado Housing Champions
American Subcontractors Association Colorado
Rocky Mountain Farmers Union
Voters for Animals
Colorado Conservation Voters
Colorado Progressive Majority
NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado
Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado
American Dream Fund
Colorado Education Association
American Federation of Teachers Colorado
Poudre Education Association
Colorado Association of School Executives
AFSCME Council 76
UFCW Local 7
United Transportation Union
IBEW Colorado State Conference of Electrical Workers
Colorado Pipefitters local 208
On the Issues: Advancing the Common Good
Work Hard, Be Honest, Serve Others.
Victories by John: Legislative Statistics
Senator John Kefalas was the prime sponsor on 22 bills during the 2013 legislative session. He was able to pass a total of 19 bills. Of his 22 bills, 16 or 73% received bipartisan support. Of the 19 bills passed, 16 or 84% received some form of bipartisan support. Furthermore, 3 of his bills that passed had Republican co-sponsors. Of all the bills that passed the Colorado State House and Senate this legislative session, 95% received bipartisan support.
Economy: Working Together to Create Jobs
Our Fort Collins community, our state of Colorado and America all prosper when we have a strong middle class earning a decent wage – enough to raise a family and have financial security. As a long time advocate for working families and people on low and fixed-incomes, I am committed to building a resilient and sustainable economy that works for all of us.
In the state legislature, I have focused on creating jobs, rebuilding and maintaining our infrastructure, promoting clean, renewable energy, and manufacturing durable goods here in Colorado. I have voted to invest in our schools and to reduce taxes for small businesses to spur job growth. I have pushed to restore the Colorado Earned Income Tax Credit to reduce taxes for working families and the Colorado Innovation Investment Tax Credit to incentivize entrepreneurship and innovation. I have advanced economic opportunity and poverty reduction. In the 2012 legislative session, I promoted the “Hire Colorado Act,” which gives preference in state contracting to companies who hire at least 90% of their employees in Colorado. I will continue to advance these priorities.
Education: Investing in Learning and Protecting Children
Education is the key to expanding economic opportunity and development. Investing in our children today will prepare them for the future. I favor aligning curriculum standards to meet the needs of a changing work force. We must provide teachers with the resources and training to empower them in preparing students to meet the demands of a high-tech global economy.
In the state legislature, I have supported the BEST bill to rebuild crumbling schools, protected funding for higher education and needs-based financial aid, and invested in expanded preschools and all-day kindergartens. I have worked hard to restore and enhance funding for our schools and colleges. I want to ensure that children have a variety of options and opportunities beyond high school, including the trades and public service.
Investing up front in quality and accessible education and training from early childhood through post secondary is one of the smartest things we can do to build a capable and resilient work force and a more informed and engaged citizenry.
It is also important that we protect and support children that are at risk of abuse and neglect and to that end I’ve passed laws that improve our child welfare, child support and foster care systems. I will continue to advance best practices to make sure kids are safe and able to do well.
Health Care: Lowering Costs, Improving Health and Access to All
There’s no more basic human need than the need for good health. Quality, affordable health care that is accessible to everyone is common sense, and I will continue to work hard for a universal health care system that is high-performing. Doctors and other medical providers, through patient-centered health homes and coordinated care, are the ones to guide our health care decisions with us at the helm making informed decisions and with a focus on primary care, prevention and healthy living.
While working towards comprehensive changes to our health care finance and delivery systems, such as the Colorado Guaranteed Health Care Act, I have supported important legislative steps to increase access, improve quality, and lower costs to individuals, families and businesses.
In the state legislature, I have worked to increase accountability and transparency for insurance companies, expand eligibility for public health insurance programs, and make sure children eligible for programs like CHP+ and Medicaid are signed up. I have also passed laws that improve the quality of kidney dialysis; provide data and analysis on best practices, utilization and costs; require insurance policies to be written so we can understand them and more if you are interested to know.
Environment and Energy: Creating Jobs
While meeting the increasing energy demands of our nation, we must ensure our water and air quality are not adversely impacted, whether from hydraulic fracturing for natural gas or coal-burning power plants. Colorado is blessed with abundant wind, solar and other renewable energy resources and can lead the nation with a sustainable energy economy. We can build a better energy future and create thousands of good-paying jobs through increased efficiency, conservation and development of clean and sustainable energy alternatives.
I support smart growth and transit-oriented development, conservation of open spaces and protection of our rivers and forests.
I helped pass a landmark law to make in-situ leach uranium mining operations more transparent and accountable to protect our critical groundwater and public health. I passed laws to increase energy efficiency standards for state and local governments. have supported renewable energy tax credits, and holding companies accountable to reasonable environmental standards. I’ve received 100% rating from the Colorado Conservation Voters during my service in the State House.
Effective Representative Government: Listening and Building Bridges
Our government works much better when we the people get involved. Civic engagement makes our government and public sector more effective. We all want our tax dollars spent wisely in ways that are efficient, competent, accountable and responsive. Public policy is a reflection of the values of those who participate, and we need to open up the system so more people can are informed and engaged.
During my time in office, I have held monthly town hall meetings, issues forums, and community conversations on a regular basis to involve the people of Fort Collins in self-governance. I’m always available to hear your thoughts and concerns, and I do my best to take your ideas right back to the State Capitol. I listen and I hear you loud and clear: we must move beyond partisan politics and focus on common sense solutions for our community, our state and our country.
Call me at 720-254-7598 (c), e-mail me at email@example.com, or write me at 604 Sycamore Street, Fort Collins CO 80521.
State Senator John Kefalas (D-Fort Collins)
Represents Senate District 14.Sen. John Kefalas has served three terms as the state representative of House district 52. Currently serving his first term representing District 14 in the Colorado Senate, Senator Kefalas is a member of the Health and Human Services Committee and Vice-Chair of the Local Government Committee.
A committed citizen legislator, Sen. Kefalas strongly believes in creating opportunities for meaningful civic engagement and deliberative democracy. He has conducted almost weekly town hall meetings, issues forums and community conversations since being first elected to public office.
Sen. Kefalas has championed bringing people together around common sense solutions to help middle-class and lower-income Coloradans. He has won numerous awards for his legislative efforts, while passing bills to help create jobs; reduce taxes for working Coloradans and small businesses; protect consumers, seniors and children; promote renewable energy and efficiency; advance quality education; and lower costs while increasing value in our health care system.
His most significant legislative achievements in the past two years include the Colorado Innovation Investment Tax Credit to encourage “angel” investment in start-up companies that create new Colorado jobs, restoring the Colorado Earned Income Tax Credit as the first TABOR refund mechanism to lower taxes for working families, and the Plain Language Insurance Bill, which requires new automobile, health, dental and long-term care insurance policies to be written in plain English understandable to average consumers.
A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, former educator, health outreach worker and job-training counselor, Sen. Kefalas was first elected to the Statehouse in 2006 and quickly proved himself a hard-working, honest and accessible representative. In 2008, he received a record number of votes in House District 52, becoming the first Democrat re-elected in the district in over half a century. Kefalas won his third term in office in 2010 when he received about 57% of the vote. In 2012, Kefalas was elected by a wide margin of 58% to 36% with the remainder of the vote going to third-party candidates.
Sen. Kefalas is a member of the Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force, focused on building a fair and sustainable economy through expanding economic opportunity and cutting poverty in half by 2019. He is also a member of the Behavioral Health Transformation Council, and serves on the board of Embrace Northern Colorado, a non-profit organization that facilitates a regional quality of life visioning process. In the past, Sen. Kefalas has served on numerous community boards and has been involved in local, national and international peace, justice and environmental work for over 35 years. A 1978 graduate of Colorado State University (CSU), Sen. Kefalas has a Masters of Art in Teaching from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. He worked with Catholic Charities as a public policy advocate and community development coordinator for seven years.
Sen. Kefalas has been married for 31 years to Beth, who works as the Music and Worship Assistant at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fort Collins. They have two sons and three grandchildren. His younger son, Tim, graduated from CSU in 2008, and he lives and works in Fort Collins and coaches the CSU Ultimate Team. Harlan is a married father in the US Army who has served in the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan and is currently a Sergeant First Class at Fort Leonard Wood Army Base in MO. His wife is Tracey and their three children are Lillie, Barbara and John.
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