Senate District 5 candidates Olen Lund, R, and Kerry Donovan, D, wrapped up the candidate forum on Oct. 2.
Incumbent Donovan is an educator and rancher, hoping to continue fighting for health care and education. Lund's introduction focused on thanking firefighters, veterans and others providing public service.
Donovan's first question: "Would you support a convention of states?" She responded that she would need to first know the parameters of the convention. "The challenge is if the topic isn't narrowly defined it can go quickly off topic and have negative consequences," she said.
Lund was asked, "How would you improve water policy in Colorado?" "Water is my forte," he said. He responded that our current water law is good. For improvements, there's a need to maintain the laws and keep control.
Donovan was asked about her position on hemp. She acknowledged it's an emerging and remarkable crop. If it's the right fit for your property then I'll continue to advocate for it, she said.
Lund was asked, "Should Colorado become a sanctuary state for illegal aliens?" He responded no, but that there is a need for a good system.
Donovan was asked if she is in support of Proposition 112. She said she will implement citizen policy and not comment.
To a question about energy, Lund responded that he embraces "all of the above," and does not favor subsidizing certain types of energy over another.
Donovan's final two questions were, "What will you do to make sure right-to-farm laws actually work?" and "Do you support single payer government health care and how would you pay for it?"
"Being the voice of agriculture is a role I cherish," she said. She's working on preserving the legacy of agriculture and making new opportunities for the next generation.
In conclusion, she said she has concerns that if single payer was implemented as an isolated state it would be difficult to implement. Health care is a big issue and she plans to continue fighting for legislation to help lower costs.
To his question on Medicaid, Lund answered that he isn't in favor of its expansion because he does not see where the funds would come from.
Concluding the question session, Lund voiced his support for school choice and the spending of per-student funding for alternative forms of education chosen by parents with vouchers. Specifically, the vouchers would encourage competition and provide more options.