Candidate Name: Jillian Freeland
What office are you running for?
US House of Representatives, Colorado’s Fifth District
With which party are you running for office?
November 3rd, 2020
Why are you running for office?
Many Americans believe their government is out of touch with the people, and I agree! As a middle-class millennial with student loan debt and two daughters to raise, I bring a perspective that is missing in Congress. My experience working my way from waitress on Medicaid and food stamps to healthcare provider and small business owner gave me a broad range of experiences and make me the most qualified candidate to truly represent Colorado’s Fifth Congressional District.
What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?
Many Americans are struggling to pay for their housing, healthcare, and education. They’re afraid that their children won’t have clean air to breathe or safe water to drink. They worry that they won’t be able to retire comfortably after working hard their entire lives.
I will help people afford their homes and everyday necessities by increasing the minimum wage so that it meets the cost of living, and adjusting it every year based on inflation. I will protect Social Security to ensure that people can retire with dignity at sixty five with the benefits that they earned.
I will make our healthcare affordable and accessible by getting rid of deductibles, co-pays, restricted networks, and out of control medication costs. We have to make service the number one priority, not profit.
I will fight to make excellent, debt-free education a reality, from birth through trade school or college. People cannot succeed without education, and making it available to everyone will improve the quality of life of the entire country.
The way we power our vehicles, homes, businesses, and military bases has to change as both a matter of national security and to address the climate crisis. We currently subsidize the fossil fuel industry, so let’s simply shift our investment to clean sources. We can choose resources that don’t pollute our air and water or put our service members’ lives at risk in endless, expensive wars to protect oil fields. Additionally, our outdated power grids are vulnerable to terrorist attacks, and downed power lines have started fires that kill Americans and leave millions without power. Updated power grids and storage facilities will make us all safer and ultimately save money. Finally, we must hold polluters accountable for the damage they cause. The biggest contributors to the climate crisis are making billions of dollars by destroying our planet, and it has to stop.
As we transition off of fossil fuels it is very important to fund the education and pensions of workers transitioning out of the industry. We have to make sure that the changes don’t hurt people as they move into clean energy jobs or other fields that they choose.
How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?
Replacing obstructionists and dominionists with representatives who reflect the amazing diversity of our country is the first step. It’s time for new leaders who will communicate and cooperate to protect the people and republic. Whether it’s a conversation in your local coffee shop or a case in the Supreme Court, we have to stop talking about everything in terms of red team versus blue team and get to work solving problems. We may not always agree 100%, but we’re actually all in this together.
Who is your hero?
This may be a cliché , but my mom is my shero. I don’t know anyone with more integrity and independence, and she’s fiercely protective of her family and planet.
What are your hobbies?
I love to Zumba, bake cookies with my kiddos, and debate about how to solve all the problems of the world.
What is the most recent book you read?
“Giant Steps to Change the World,” by Tonya and Spike Lee. It’s a kids book I read to my daughters, but seriously- you should read it too. It calls ALL of us to action to improve the lives of our fellow people.
Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?
Two feisty daughters (ages 4 and 20 months), two dogs, a cat, and a handful of houseplants. In the summertime we have an amazing hydroponic system (we built it!) that grows chiles, tomatoes, basil, lettuce, you name it! Nothing tastes better than a cherry tomato still warm from the sunshine, and my neighbors love to stop by for some cayenne peppers and conversation.
How can our readers get involved in your campaign?
Volunteer to knock on doors, make calls, send texts, watch kiddos, schedule meetings… there are so many moving parts in a campaign, and your experience and perspective can be put to work. Of course, there’s always donating- mail and advertising cost a ton, and I pay my campaign workers a living wage. The EASIEST way is sharing my ideas with your friends, family, and followers on social media; follow @FreelandCD5 on facebook, twitter, and instagram.
What question do you wish we’d asked, and what is your answer?
What are your qualifications?
I serve(d) on the following boards:
El Paso County Community Corrections Board
El Paso County Board of Adjustment
Vice President of Cuchares Ranch Homeowners Association
Unite Colorado Springs Board (grassroots activism group, currently inactive)
As a women’s healthcare provider, I fought the insurance companies to make them cover the services that people pay for. I know what’s broken in our system, and I know how to fix it.
I have spent many, MANY hours doing grassroots work helping constituents contact their representatives. I’ve also organized more than a dozen rallies/protests to show that corruption, greed, misogyny, racism, and destroying our planet are NOT the American way. I am in touch with Colorado’s Fifth District in a way that my opponent will never even attempt to achieve.
Post created from answers submitted by candidate to our Meet the Candidate survey.
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