Q&A with Mark Baisley, candidate for state House District 39

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Party: Republican

Residence: Roxborough Park

Campaign website: www.baisley.org

What makes you the best choice for this office?

I believe that my primary attribute is my appreciation for the purpose of government as given us by America's founding fathers, to ensure the people's rights endowed by the creator. I have been recognized with a score of 100% by the American Conservative Union Foundation, 100% by the Centennial Institute, an “A” rating by the NRA, and “Legislator of the Year” by Metro State University. I am a proven soldier in the defense of liberty and in providing responsive and respectful services where appropriate for government to be involved.

If you're elected, what single issue will be at the top of your agenda?

Liberty. While I value my friends on the other side of the aisle, it is easy to recognize their pattern of behavior. Democrats inappropriately use the force of government to impose their worldview onto the rest of us. In fighting for liberty, I trust individuals to decide whether to wear a mask, businesses to voluntarily respect the health of their customers, and parents to determine where and how their children receive education. 

If you're elected, what must you accomplish in order for you to consider your term a success?

We debate policy for the 120 days that we are in session with the Democrats controlling the House, Senate and governor's office. With this imbalance, “successes” are hard to come by. For the other 245 days of the year, I find success in responding to requests for help from constituents, usually by getting government to behave and respect the citizens whom it is supposed to serve. I work to resolve water rights conflicts, insurance claims, shooting range friction and even arranging to get a Castle Rock resident back home who was stuck in Aruba due to the COVID travel restrictions.

What do you see as the most important role of a member of the Colorado House of Representatives?

Every member of the Colorado House of Representatives takes an oath of office to “support the Constitution of the United States (and) the Constitution of the state of Colorado.” This is our primary role. Yet, nearly every Democrat member knowingly violates that oath in deference to the liberal agenda. Case in point is the blatantly unconstitutional “Sexuality Education” bill (HB19-1032). Every Republican voted “No” while 39 of 40 Democrats voted “Yes.”

What new challenges brought about by COVID-19 do you see affecting the state in the coming years and how will you help address them?

A pandemic should not be a partisan matter, yet partisanship is exactly what has been imposed on Colorado. Governor Polis and Tri-County Health have issued over 175 emergency orders that end with threats of fines and jail time if people do not comply. We should listen to health-care professionals (not government bureaucrats) to improve responsiveness. For example, in my recent conversations with hospital managers, it became clear that Colorado should set aside 20% of hospitals as exclusive facilities to address a pandemic while most continue serving all other patient needs. I will help transform government from enforcer to expert adviser.

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