I am running for District 55 because I am tired of seeing working people and the middle class left behind. As a moderate, I am not interested in the culture war or promoting a radical agenda. Rather, I am interested in common sense solutions that benefit everyday people.
-Damon J. Davis
One of the reasons I love living in Mesa County is the natural beauty that surrounds us. There are ample opportunities for hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, camping, rafting, and more. But these opportunities depend on protecting the natural environment, especially water. Climate change has exacerbated the ongoing drought and harmed the local environment. Even if you are not an environmentalist, you should be concerned. Rising water temperatures and decreased water flow have hurt fish populations, which will affect anglers. And the drought along with habitat degradation have hurt deer and elk populations, affecting hunters. The environment is also a major part of our economy through tourism and agriculture.
If we want to ensure an adequate water supply – and keep Denver’s hands off our water – we need to adopt more stringent statewide water conservation measures. Only by decreasing overall demand can we help ensure Western Colorado water stays here. We should also continue to improve recycling programs. And we should leverage innovation to promote cleaner energy, including medium term solutions like increased use of cleaner burning natural gas power and nuclear power over oil and coal. Necessity is the mother of invention, and we should use the opportunity provided by higher oil prices to innovate in transportation as well, looking at cleaner options like natural gas and hydrogen powered cars in addition to electric cars. Colorado should use its position as an energy and technology leader to innovate in all of these areas.