Candidate Name: Randi McCallian
What office are you running for?
Colorado State Senate, District 10
With which party are you running for office?
Why are you running for office?
I’m running for office because I am passionate about public health and protecting our environment, strengthening families and building healthy children from the start, and improving healthcare quality and making it more affordable and accessible to everyone.
What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?
It feels unjust to choose just one issue as the “biggest” because there are a number of very serious issues facing my community – from local concerns to institutional, systemic ones. Affordable housing is rapidly becoming a big problem in my community, and is already a huge problem in other areas of Colorado; I want to see more affordable housing options, as well as opportunities for inter- and multi-generational living, as well as rent control.
Healthcare is also a huge issue – a lack of affordability, poor quality, institutionalized racism, and so many barriers to universal access. My background is in public health and I’ve worked in hospital quality improvement at a state-wide level so I know that there are better solutions that will improve our healthcare! I’m dedicated to bringing that expertise and knowledge to the Colorado State Legislature.
I also see a huge risk to my community–and to the State of Colorado–from high levels of air pollution that damages our health and our environment. We rank 46th in the nation for air quality – even though we have a tourism industry that depends on the beautiful, pristine outdoors!
My community of Colorado Springs still has a coal-burning power plant in the heart of the city. The air pollution that it spews has been linked to more children suffering from asthma, a higher risk of miscarriage, and more people developing dementia. Air pollution is harming my community and the people of Colorado and I feel it’s really important we get to work addressing this issue for today and the future!
How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?
There are still certain areas that are bipartisan–for example, the health and well-being of our families–and strengthening families is something I’m dedicated to working on in Colorado’s Legislature. I believe we can work together to ensure that legislation prioritizes the needs of families, mothers, and children. When we start with the values we all share, we can find common ground that will protect and support the people and places we all hold dear.
Who is your hero?
Caregivers – those who are parenting or caring for a loved on or friend.
What are your hobbies?
Rescuing animals, crafting (currently lots of sewing), and reading.
What is the most recent book you read?
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, by Jared Diamond
Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?
2 kids & 5 pets (+1 foster)
How can our readers get involved in your campaign?
The best ways to support my campaign and get involved are to:
- Show your support by making a $5-$25 donation (we need every single small donor!)
- Share this post and follow me on social media
- If you live nearby, please contact me to volunteer!
- Email me or submit a comment on my website: www.RandiforColorado.com
What question do you wish we’d asked, and what is your answer?
‘What makes your campaign for the State Legislature unique?’
My district has yet to be represented by a woman OR a Democrat, but 2020 is the year to change that. I am a mother and I have worked with families for over 10 years providing counseling, support, and education to help parents and their children live healthy lives. I have a Master’s Degree in Public Health and I’ve worked in both hospital quality improvement and directing multi-state community and family health programs; I’m qualified to speak on behalf of our individual and public health rights and I’ve dedicated my career to doing so. I want to see legislation that reflects our shared values, and I believe families and children deserve more representation at the table. Additionally, our State Senate is very close to equal gender representation – your support of my campaign could help Colorado make history in so many ways!
Post created from answers submitted by candidate to our Meet the Candidate survey.
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