2018 Candidate Survey Responses State Senate 1-15

State Senate 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 Senate members are elected every four years, meaning not every senate seat is on the ballot this year.  Blank responses indicate the candidate did not respond by the deadline and we will update periodically if they choose to do so.


Debra Gustafson—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?


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Jerry Sonnenberg—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 Senate 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 Senate members are elected every four years, meaning not every senate seat is on the ballot this year.  Blank responses indicate the candidate did not respond by the deadline and we will update periodically if they choose to do so.


Caleb Bolandern

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:
Death penalty is irreversible and courts are prone to mistakes


Elizabeth Harz—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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Dennis Hisey—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?


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Stephanie Luck—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?


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Dennis Obduskey

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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Our judicial system at times allows for innocent people to be put to death and is also more costly on the legal side in terms of both money and time. A life sentence without parole can bring faster closure to victim families over years of appeals. The death penalty doesn't deter crime and can unfairly punish those with mental illness. Putting a person to death is a moral issue that comprimises our humanitarian values.

State Senate 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 Senate members are elected every four years, meaning not every senate seat is on the ballot this year.  Blank responses indicate the candidate did not respond by the deadline and we will update periodically if they choose to do so.


Leroy Garcia—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?


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John Pickerill

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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There is very little reason for the government to ever put a criminal to death. It takes away any chance for the individual to reform himself or herself. We are called to show mercy, even to the worst criminals. The purpose of prison is to isolate a person from being a threat to society and to reform that person in the hopes he or she can one day safely rejoin our society. Prison should never be used for vindictive purposes.

State Senate 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 Senate members are elected every four years, meaning not every senate seat is on the ballot this year.  Blank responses indicate the candidate did not respond by the deadline and we will update periodically if they choose to do so.


Kerry Donovan—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?


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Olen Lund—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?


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State Senate 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 Senate members are elected every four years, meaning not every senate seat is on the ballot this year.  Blank responses indicate the candidate did not respond by the deadline and we will update periodically if they choose to do so.


Don Coram—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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Guinn Unger

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 think that the death penalty is any kind of deterrent to crime. It takes so long for the process to play out that the deterrence is lost. A sentence of life in prison may actually have more deterrent value, and we would not ever risk putting an innocent person to death.

State Senate 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 Senate members are elected every four years, meaning not every senate seat is on the ballot this year.  Blank responses indicate the candidate did not respond by the deadline and we will update periodically if they choose to do so.


Chris Kennedy—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?


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Ray Scott—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?


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Daniel Thurlow—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?


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State Senate 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 Senate members are elected every four years, meaning not every senate seat is on the ballot this year.  Blank responses indicate the candidate did not respond by the deadline and we will update periodically if they choose to do so.


Gilberto Armendariz

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:
With DNA testing, we have seen the judicial system make errors in sending innocent people to jail, such an absolute act cannot be called true justice in light of these mistakes. In addition, taking a human life does not equal justice and a moral society would completely remove such punishment from the judicial system.


Paul Lundeen—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?


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State Senate 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 Senate members are elected every four years, meaning not every senate seat is on the ballot this year.  Blank responses indicate the candidate did not respond by the deadline and we will update periodically if they choose to do so.


Pete Lee

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 opposed the death penalty for many years as it is cruel and unusual punishment, does not deter crime, is unfairly applied to minorities and is irrevocable.


Patrick McIntire—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?


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State Senate 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 Senate members are elected every four years, meaning not every senate seat is on the ballot this year.  Blank responses indicate the candidate did not respond by the deadline and we will update periodically if they choose to do so.


John Cooke—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?


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Phil Kelley

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:
There is far too high of a chance that police prosecutors and judges will convict innocent people. It has been proven thousands of times that we have killed and imprisoned innocent people. This practice must stop on that fact alone. Much less I don’t want the state killing people in my name.

State Senate 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 Senate members are elected every four years, meaning not every senate seat is on the ballot this year.  Blank responses indicate the candidate did not respond by the deadline and we will update periodically if they choose to do so.


Rebecca Cranston—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?


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John Keil—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?


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Rob Woodward—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?


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