Carver to bring limited-government philosophy to Statehouse for D-20Terri Carver, a retired Air Force Reserves colonel and self-defined “constitutional conservative,” appears to be a certainty as the next state representative for District 20, starting in 2015.
The Rockrimmon resident was the winner in a four-candidate Republican primary June 24. No Democrat has stepped forward to run in the November general election.
The district has been represented for the past eight years by Republican Bob Gardner, who is term-limited. He will leave office at the end of December.
In an interview, Carver expressed the belief that her election victory was a combination of “extensive precinct walking” by herself and volunteers, along with a focus on “talking about the issues. People are concerned about too much government intrusion in our lives.”
Asked about issues related to the Westside part of her district, she said she is pleased that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) clinic is nearing completion off Fillmore Street and Centennial Boulevard. Scheduled to open in August, the clinic is to provide more local health-care options for vets. “It's absolutely essential,” she said.
Another Westside-related concern for Carver is mitigating threats from wildfires and flooding. She advocates “extensive cooperation with state and federal officials - it will take all of us working together.”
She referenced her website, http://terricarverforhd20.com, for her general political positions. The website's Issues page is topped by a statement of her belief in limited government: “Government should not tell us what to buy, how to live, or what to believe.”
The site includes her support of coal and natural gas as fuels for Colorado Springs Utilities, parental choices in education and “sanctity of human life”; and her opposition to Obamacare mandates, excessive business regulation, “federalized” Common Core education standards and “current ballot initiatives to allow local governments to ban oil and drilling. These bans are a violation of private property rights for the mineral rights owners.”
Carver was a congressional legislative aide during the Reagan area and served 29 years as an Air Force attorney. “At Robins Air Force Base,” her website relates, she fought Environmental Protection Agency attempts “to impose additional requirements on aircraft maintenance.” The end result was “saving taxpayers millions.”
Other work experience has been as a civilian attorney in the Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, and as a college instructor on energy development and environment and space law.
Carver has volunteered with the following:
- The Home Front Cares (provides assistance to veterans and their families - focus on veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan).
- The Space Foundation, as a teacher liaison since 2005.
- The Colorado Springs Utilities Policy Advisory Committee, as a member since 2009 (chair in 2012- 13).
- Colorado Springs Telecommunication Policy Advisory Committee, as a member from 1999-2005.
Here are the voting tallies for the District 20 Republican primary, according to the El Paso County Clerk's Office:
- Terri Carver, 3,948.
- Dan Stanforth, 2,140.
- Miles Dewhirst, 3,438.
- Kristen Selzer, 1,074.
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