Hello! My name is Carlos R. Lopez and I am proud to be a candidate for Colorado State Senate District #35. I was raised in Colorado my entire life. I attended School District #1 in Trinidad, started my college career at Trinidad State Junior College, and finished my undergrad degree at the University of Northern Colorado.
I am running because I am concerned that the state government too often ignores the voices of Southern and Rural Colorado. I want to make sure that your concerns are voiced loud and clear, at the State Capitol, and turned into tangible legislation that helps us. We need a fighter and I am ready to enter the ring.
The Colorado economy is booming, but too often the needs of Rural and Southern Colorado are ignored. I want to make sure that the advantages of our economy are shared by all Coloradans and the needs and concerns of Rural and Southern Colorado are addressed. Agriculture is our life blood and our heritage. In order to prosper, we need to make sure our water is continually protected for generations to come. I want to make sure that we can help prepare families for the future so they can continue to work their lands and not be bullied by big government and developers in Denver.
We also need expanded educational opportunities within our district, so people can get a high quality education while staying close to home. Expanding educational opportunity will create a workforce ready for the future and bring companies to the area, as well as unleash peoples’ entrepreneurial spirit to create new businesses and jobs here at home.
Lastly, I want to help create healthy communities with more healthcare resources flowing into our rural district, to attract healthcare professionals as well as new healthcare facilities. I have been a member of the Trinidad City Council for the past four years and we have had some great successes including reinvigorated economic growth, a new state park and a new youth center. I was a member of the Executive Board of the Colorado Municipal League. I am currently a board member of the Arkansas River Power Authority; Human Services Advisor Board, with Trinidad State Junior College; and am the Founder and Chair of the Youth Club of Trinidad, Inc. Please check me out at carloslopezforcolorado.com.