2018 Candidate Survey Responses State House 1-15

State House Member – District 1

The state legislature has the authority to create laws regarding the use or elimination of the death penalty in our state.  State House members are elected every even numbered year.  Blank responses indicate the candidate did not respond by the deadline and we will update periodically if they choose to do so.


Susan Lontine—No Response

Would you support or oppose a bill that ends the death penalty in Colorado and replaces it with a sentence of life in prison without parole?


X Unknown

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Alysia Padilla—No Response

Would you support or oppose a bill that ends the death penalty in Colorado and replaces it with a sentence of life in prison without parole?


Unknown

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Darrell Dinges

Would you support or oppose a bill that ends the death penalty in Colorado and replaces it with a sentence of life in prison without parole?


X Oppose

Please explain your answer:
Sentencing people to death has been used unjustly through history.

State House Member – District 2

The state legislature has the authority to create laws regarding the use or elimination of the death penalty in our state.  State House members are elected every even numbered year.  Blank responses indicate the candidate did not respond by the deadline and we will update periodically if they choose to do so.


Alec Garnett—No Response

Would you support or oppose a bill that ends the death penalty in Colorado and replaces it with a sentence of life in prison without parole?


Unknown

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State House Member – District 3

The state legislature has the authority to create laws regarding the use or elimination of the death penalty in our state.  State House members are elected every even numbered year.  Blank responses indicate the candidate did not respond by the deadline and we will update periodically if they choose to do so.


Jeff Bridges—No Response

Would you support or oppose a bill that ends the death penalty in Colorado and replaces it with a sentence of life in prison without parole?


Unknown

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Toren Mushovic—No Response

Would you support or oppose a bill that ends the death penalty in Colorado and replaces it with a sentence of life in prison without parole?


Unknown

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State House Member – District 4

The state legislature has the authority to create laws regarding the use or elimination of the death penalty in our state.  State House members are elected every even numbered year.  Blank responses indicate the candidate did not respond by the deadline and we will update periodically if they choose to do so.


Amy Beatie

Would you support or oppose a bill that ends the death penalty in Colorado and replaces it with a sentence of life in prison without parole?


X Support

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I have personal, political, and spiritual reasons to oppose the death penalty. There are so many reasons to abolish the death penalty, only some of which are:

  1. The death penalty is state-sanctioned murder.
  2. The death penalty is hypocritical.
  3. It is racist in application.
  4. Innocent people are killed.
  5. The staggering amount of money that is spent on inmates sentenced to death could be spent on programs that actually help the victims of violence, providing needed resources such as therapy.
  6. There are many reasons for the imposition of a sentence in a criminal case, one of which is deterrence. The death penalty is not a deterrent.


Edward Britt—No Response

Would you support or oppose a bill that ends the death penalty in Colorado and replaces it with a sentence of life in prison without parole?


X Unknown

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Serena Gonzales

Would you support or oppose a bill that ends the death penalty in Colorado and replaces it with a sentence of life in prison without parole?


X Support

Please explain your answer:
The place of the criminal justice system is to ensure that punishment is legal, constitutional and effective. We as a society are not in a position to place people in moral judgement. Life without parole is punishment and allows for due process for appeals. Disproportionately people of color face the death penalty while proportionately they should not which leaves the question of due process and appeals. I do not believe in the death penalty for religious, moral or personal beliefs.


Robert “Dave” John—Partial Response

Would you support or oppose a bill that ends the death penalty in Colorado and replaces it with a sentence of life in prison without parole?


X Oppose

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State House Member – District 5

The state legislature has the authority to create laws regarding the use or elimination of the death penalty in our state.  State House members are elected every even numbered year.  Blank responses indicate the candidate did not respond by the deadline and we will update periodically if they choose to do so.


Joel Judd

Would you support or oppose a bill that ends the death penalty in Colorado and replaces it with a sentence of life in prison without parole?


X Support

Please explain your answer:
I am the only HD 5 candidate who has voted to end Colorado's death penalty.


Meghan Nutting

Would you support or oppose a bill that ends the death penalty in Colorado and replaces it with a sentence of life in prison without parole?


X Support

Please explain your answer:
The death penalty is not only inhumane but it is also more expensive for taxpayers than a sentence of life in prison. Also, I'm concerned about cases in which the death penalty is misapplied to an innocent person.


Alex Valdez

Would you support or oppose a bill that ends the death penalty in Colorado and replaces it with a sentence of life in prison without parole?


X Support

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I do not support the death penalty. It's costly, and it is not a deterrent to committing murder. There is too much room for error and wrongful convictions. I support replacing the death penalty with a sentence of life in prison without parole.


Nicky Yollick

Would you support or oppose a bill that ends the death penalty in Colorado and replaces it with a sentence of life in prison without parole?


X Support

Please explain your answer:
This is an action which I have advocated for on the State and Federal levels for some time. In fact, I even shared and praised the Colorado Politics article on my campaign's Facebook page earlier in the year announcing that Dave Sabados would be leading this new effort.

To me it comes down to a pretty simple concept: no human entity, whether individual or collective, has the moral authority to determine the just death of any other human entity, individual or collective.


Katherine Whitney—No Response

Would you support or oppose a bill that ends the death penalty in Colorado and replaces it with a sentence of life in prison without parole?


X Unknown

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State House Member – District 6

The state legislature has the authority to create laws regarding the use or elimination of the death penalty in our state.  State House members are elected every even numbered year.  Blank responses indicate the candidate did not respond by the deadline and we will update periodically if they choose to do so.


Chris Hansen

Would you support or oppose a bill that ends the death penalty in Colorado and replaces it with a sentence of life in prison without parole?


X Support

Please explain your answer:
The death penalty is neither cost effective or a demonstrated, significant deterrent to criminals.

State House Member – District 7

The state legislature has the authority to create laws regarding the use or elimination of the death penalty in our state.  State House members are elected every even numbered year.  Blank responses indicate the candidate did not respond by the deadline and we will update periodically if they choose to do so.


James Coleman—No Response

Would you support or oppose a bill that ends the death penalty in Colorado and replaces it with a sentence of life in prison without parole?


X Unknown

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State House Member – District 8

The state legislature has the authority to create laws regarding the use or elimination of the death penalty in our state.  State House members are elected every even numbered year.  Blank responses indicate the candidate did not respond by the deadline and we will update periodically if they choose to do so.


Leslie Herod—No Response

Would you support or oppose a bill that ends the death penalty in Colorado and replaces it with a sentence of life in prison without parole?


X Unknown

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State House Member – District 9

The state legislature has the authority to create laws regarding the use or elimination of the death penalty in our state.  State House members are elected every even numbered year.  Blank responses indicate the candidate did not respond by the deadline and we will update periodically if they choose to do so.


Robert Lane—No Response

Would you support or oppose a bill that ends the death penalty in Colorado and replaces it with a sentence of life in prison without parole?


X Unknown

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Angel Saunders—No Response

Would you support or oppose a bill that ends the death penalty in Colorado and replaces it with a sentence of life in prison without parole?


X Unknown

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Emily Sirota—Partial Response

Would you support or oppose a bill that ends the death penalty in Colorado and replaces it with a sentence of life in prison without parole?


X Support

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Ashley Wheeland—No Response

Would you support or oppose a bill that ends the death penalty in Colorado and replaces it with a sentence of life in prison without parole?


X Unknown

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State House Member – District 10

The state legislature has the authority to create laws regarding the use or elimination of the death penalty in our state.  State House members are elected every even numbered year.  Blank responses indicate the candidate did not respond by the deadline and we will update periodically if they choose to do so.


Edie Hooten

Would you support or oppose a bill that ends the death penalty in Colorado and replaces it with a sentence of life in prison without parole?


X Support

Please explain your answer:
I am opposed to the death penalty in all circumstances, for several major reasons. There are reports of innocent people having been executed, it’s possible that innocent people could be executed moving forward, and people on death row have been released because they were found innocent. Race can absolutely be a factor in determining who receives the death penalty – both the race of the accused and the race of a victim – and African-Americans make up a disproportionate percentage of people receiving the death penalty in this country. Executions are cruel processes, the person being executed may feel excruciating pain, and there have even been cases of botched executions in which a person may not die for torturous minutes or even hours. The extended process of putting a person to death is typically much more costly than keeping a person in prison. The death penalty is not a deterrent to crime, and killing the accused does not bring victims back to life.


Murl Hendrickson—No Response

Would you support or oppose a bill that ends the death penalty in Colorado and replaces it with a sentence of life in prison without parole?


X Unknown

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Alexander Lanzano—No Response

Would you support or oppose a bill that ends the death penalty in Colorado and replaces it with a sentence of life in prison without parole?


X Unknown

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State House Member – District 11

The state legislature has the authority to create laws regarding the use or elimination of the death penalty in our state.  State House members are elected every even numbered year.  Blank responses indicate the candidate did not respond by the deadline and we will update periodically if they choose to do so.


Jonathan Singer—No Response

Would you support or oppose a bill that ends the death penalty in Colorado and replaces it with a sentence of life in prison without parole?


X Unknown

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State House Member – District 12

The state legislature has the authority to create laws regarding the use or elimination of the death penalty in our state.  State House members are elected every even numbered year.  Blank responses indicate the candidate did not respond by the deadline and we will update periodically if they choose to do so.


Sonya Lewis

Would you support or oppose a bill that ends the death penalty in Colorado and replaces it with a sentence of life in prison without parole?


X Support

Please explain your answer:
I am supportive of ending the death penalty in general. I would reserve the right to review the wording of how other states have crafted similar policies. Are there exceptions that some states have built in? Are there crimes that have been excluded? Are there studies or policy institutes who have researched this punishment and what does the data show? Deterrent data, societal impacts, socioeconomic makeup of death row criminals and all the factors would need to be examined to prepare such a law. I would be interested in working on such an issue with others in the State Legislature.

State House Member – District 13

The state legislature has the authority to create laws regarding the use or elimination of the death penalty in our state.  State House members are elected every even numbered year.  Blank responses indicate the candidate did not respond by the deadline and we will update periodically if they choose to do so.


KC Becker

Would you support or oppose a bill that ends the death penalty in Colorado and replaces it with a sentence of life in prison without parole?


X Support

Please explain your answer:
Simply, I am opposed to the death penalty.


Kevin Sipple—No Response

Would you support or oppose a bill that ends the death penalty in Colorado and replaces it with a sentence of life in prison without parole?


X Unknown

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State House Member – District 14

The state legislature has the authority to create laws regarding the use or elimination of the death penalty in our state.  State House members are elected every even numbered year.  Blank responses indicate the candidate did not respond by the deadline and we will update periodically if they choose to do so.


Kanda Calef—No Response

Would you support or oppose a bill that ends the death penalty in Colorado and replaces it with a sentence of life in prison without parole?


X Unknown

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Paul Haddick—No Response

Would you support or oppose a bill that ends the death penalty in Colorado and replaces it with a sentence of life in prison without parole?


X Unknown

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Daniel Nordberg—No Response

Would you support or oppose a bill that ends the death penalty in Colorado and replaces it with a sentence of life in prison without parole?


X Unknown

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Shane Sandridge—No Response

Would you support or oppose a bill that ends the death penalty in Colorado and replaces it with a sentence of life in prison without parole?


X Unknown

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State House Member – District 15

The state legislature has the authority to create laws regarding the use or elimination of the death penalty in our state.  State House members are elected every even numbered year.  Blank responses indicate the candidate did not respond by the deadline and we will update periodically if they choose to do so.


Brenda Krause—No Response

Would you support or oppose a bill that ends the death penalty in Colorado and replaces it with a sentence of life in prison without parole?


X Unknown

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Dave Williams—No Response

Would you support or oppose a bill that ends the death penalty in Colorado and replaces it with a sentence of life in prison without parole?


X Unknown

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