Q&A with Jonathan Woodley, candidate for House District 5

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Party: Republican

Residence: Denver

Campaign website: jpwoodley.com

What makes you the best choice for this office?

We are living in a time where Denver is unstable. Currently, we have elected officials sitting back and letting our streets get destroyed. The small business owners are struggling to survive. People are no longer safe in their own neighborhoods. What I bring to the table is a mix of business experience, a military background and an education centered around community engagement and organizational development. There is a movement that is so far left, that even moderate Democrats are now considered right-wing. I believe in civil justice while my opponent believes in civil unrest, and there lies the contrast.

If you're elected, which one single issue will be at the top of your agenda?

In our current situation, personal safety and private property are the biggest issues that need to be addressed. This is work that can be accomplished by both government agencies and residents. Education starts at home and system reform starts at the highest levels of our state and local government. Unfortunately, we continue to see neither side willing to do what is necessary. We have been witness to the obvious decay in Denver for the last 15 years, yet voters continue to elect the same brand of candidate thinking things will change.

What measure or measures will you push for in the new year to make strides toward economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic?

The only way to head towards economic recovery is to lift restrictions on businesses.  In Denver, primarily my district, we rely on restaurants, bars, tourism (specifically the convention center), sporting events and the preforming arts center. While I am not downgrading the seriousness of COVID for some, I do feel it is being politized. At the state and local level, elected officials are in plain sight, making the residents dependent of the government, and that is something I am strongly against. They claim, “we are in this together,” but the reality of it is, we aren’t. It has been different rules for different economic classes.

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