Opinion: I know how to beat Scott Tipton
Diane Mitsch Bush
For Steamboat Pilot & Today
I am running for the U.S. House of Representatives — the People’s House — because our democracy in danger. We need a seasoned, tested, trusted representative who has led calmly through crises, such as H1N1-swine flu, catastrophic wildfires and the Great Recession; a leader with proven skills bringing people together, using science, not ideology, to solve problems.
Lack of leadership on COVID-19 and the murder of George Floyd have highlighted deep, structural inequalities in our society.
But even before COVID-19, people here were living paycheck to paycheck. I know that struggle firsthand. I was raised by a single mom. She took out payday loans, so we could make the rent. Then, she joined a union. Finally, she was treated with dignity and respect at work. We were more secure. We were never wealthy or privileged, but we had enough to get by.
Before I ran for office, I had a 28-year career as a social scientist, teaching, doing research and being a pro bono policy advisor and advocate for ranching families, conservation groups and women’s groups. That’s what got me into local politics.
From my work with Moots Cycles, I know the outdoor industry firsthand. It’s a key economic driver in CD3 — now and for our future. My 2020 proposals to incentivize small manufacturers draw on that knowledge.
I helped preserve family ranches and productive agriculture lands as a Routt County commissioner and a state representative. Family agriculture will be one of my top priorities in Congress, as will tackling climate change now, protecting our environment and championing a just transition. That’s why former U.S. Senator Mark Udall has endorsed me.
At the State Capitol, I delivered for working families. I have their strong support all across our district. I am proud to be endorsed in this primary by the Colorado AFL-CIO, Unite Here, United Food and Commercial Workers and many others.
I know our district because I have lived here for 43 years, working side by side with neighbors and Club20 year after year to make our communities more vital and resilient. I didn’t just move here to run for Congress.
I cut Tipton’s margin in half in 2018. I learned his playbook. Now, I know how to beat it.
In 2020, Tipton has raised only two-thirds of what I have. I’ve raised over twice what I did in 2018, from donations big and small across all 29 counties in CD3, from all walks of life. This deep and broad support is what a grassroots campaign looks like.
Unaffiliated voters and Republicans support me because of my long history of listening to all voices to create practical, pragmatic science-based solutions.
In Congress, I will work to increase opportunity, justice, sustainability and prosperity for all:
- Rebuild our communities with infrastructure investments, creating more living wage jobs
- Ensure health care coverage for everyone and lower drug and insurance costs
- Fund public education so all our children have real opportunity
- Protect our environment and public lands
- Stand up for human rights, civil rights and voting rights.
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While serving in the Colorado House, I was recognized for getting things done and not playing politics. I have stood up to lobbyists and party leadership, not just talked about it. I will bring these skills and experience to Congress to represent you.
At the Capitol, a conservative agriculture group said: “Representative Mitsch Bush is a statesman. She always looks to Colorado’s future, not just her next election.”
That’s what we need in Washington. That’s why I will beat Scott Tipton.
Call or email with your issues and concerns; please visit dianeforcolorado.com. I would be honored to earn your vote.
Diane Mitsch Bush, a Democrat, is running for U.S. representative in the 3rd Congressional District.
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