October 14, 2002
The Voter Guide 2002, which appeared in Saturday's Rocky
Mountain News, inadvertently attributed answers from another
candidate to Les Shaver, the Republican candidate for State
House of Representatives from the 47th District. Here are the
questions, and the answers that Shaver provided.
1. What would be your top priority?
Health care issues are of utmost concern to every citizen of
Colorado. The need for greater access and affordability to health
insurance is also a priority of mine.
2. If the budget must be downsized, what cuts should be made?
Belt tightening means looking at across-the-board reductions.
However, public safety issues and safety for our public employees
should be the last areas for further cuts and any restorations of
budget cuts should also take those items into consideration.
3. If you could pass or repeal only one law in 2002, what would it
In light of the current downturn in Colorado's economy, the
passage of an economic stimulus package that would encourage
economic development in southern Colorado would be of primary
interest to me so that all other issues can be addressed in a
fiscally responsible manner.
4. How would you address the state's growth issues?
I do not believe in a one-size -fits-all growth policy and did not like
Amendment 24. I believe growth issues are best addressed at the
local level and should not be mandated by state government.
5. Why should voters vote for you?
I have worked in both the public and private sectors and have a
unique understanding of how legislation affects both areas.
Government should provide the environment for being self-reliant
- not dependency on government. Because of my background, I
believe my experience will be valuable in the legislature.
1. Should the Pledge of Allegiance be required in Colorado
2. Should more dams be built in Colorado? Yes
3. Should Roe vs. Wade be overturned? This is a federal question,
not a state question.
4. Should same sex couples be able to adopt children? No
5. Do you support proposed Amendment 31 on bilingual
education? No. As written there are legal questions concerning
the ability of individuals to sue that I do not like.
6. Do you support Amendment 27, campaign finance reform? No
7. Do you support Amendment 28, mail ballot elections? No
8. Do you support Amendment 29, eliminating the party caucus?
9. Do you support Amendment 30, election day registration? No
10. Do you support Referendum E, making Cesar Chavez a paid
state holiday? Undecided
11. Do you believe in the death penalty? Yes
12. Do you support lowering the blood-alcohol content in
Colorado's drunk driving law from 0.10 percent to 0.08 percent?
Yes - as long as it is Colorado's decision and is not tied to federal
13. Do you support the use of private toll roads to improve
Colorado's transportation? Yes
14. Would you support a bill to spend up to $10 billion on water
projects in Colorado? Yes. The funding mechanism is very
important - I do not like the sales tax option.