State Representative Claire Levy: Letter of introduction
Dear Residents of Grand and Jackson Counties,
I have been representing House District 13 in the legislature since 2007. The reapportionment process has redrawn the boundaries of District 13 to include Grand County and Jackson County. I am writing this open letter to introduce myself.
I have been fortunate to represent a district that is geographically, demographically and culturally diverse. Before reapportionment, House District 13 included Gilpin County, Clear Creek County, the mountain areas of Boulder County, the horse properties on the plains between Boulder and Longmont, and the northern and southern parts of the city of Boulder. I currently represent the communities of Georgetown, Empire, Idaho Springs, Silver Plume, Central City, Black Hawk, Nederland, Gold Hill, Ward, Jamestown, Allenspark, Lyons and Boulder.
One of the best parts of my job has been attending pancake breakfasts in Gold Hill and Jamestown, celebrating the new Sunshine Canyon fire station, joining the Georgetown July 4 parade, the annual Empire frog rodeo, mining days celebrations in Idaho Springs, and the local crafts fair in Gold Hill. These events, and many others like them, celebrate the uniqueness and histories of each community. I am already looking forward to the hot air balloon fest in North Park, the State Chili Cook-off in Grand Lake, Hot Sulphur Days and the Grand Lake Arts and Crafts Festival.
Grand and Jackson Counties share many issues with my existing district. Pine beetle has devastated our forests. We face the same wildfire threats. We are concerned about the impacts of the plan to expand Gross Reservoir and take more water from the Fraser River. And the condition of I-70 and State Highway 40 is vital to the economy and mobility in our communities. Our local economies depend on tourism. Avid bicyclists compete with motorists on our narrow winding roads. Like the school districts in Clear Creek and Gilpin, your school districts are small and vulnerable to fluctuating enrollment. I look forward to being your advocate – in the legislature and wherever else I can be effective.
I pride myself on working across party lines on legislation that makes sense regardless of political party. This coming session I hope to pass legislation to assure that homeowners are well-informed about their homeowner insurance, so if disaster strikes they have enough coverage to rebuild. This bill responds to the tragedy of the Four Mile Canyon fire, in which more than 60 percent of the fire victims did not know until they had lost everything they owned that their policy was not sufficient to rebuild. As I get to know the new parts of my district, I will continue to seek ways to solve problems using practical solutions.
Even though I am not yet your representative, I want to be sure you know how to reach me. Please e-mail me at Claire.Levy.House@state.co.us ; call my office at the capitol at 303-866-2578; or for immediate needs call my cell phone at 720-849-8983. Please don’t hesitate to let me know the issues important to you.
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