With primary ballots arriving in mailboxes this week, The Gazette editorial board offers the following endorsements in contested Republican primaries after vetting candidates in key races.
The Gazette has no intention of dictating how anyone votes. The board has no such authority. We share our preferences and ask readers to consider them as part of their personal due diligence in voting decisions.
The Gazette chooses candidates after reviewing literature and news coverage. We observe some at forums and debates and meet personally with as many as possible. Some candidates we have known for years and met with on multiple occasions. Others we met and acquainted ourselves with only after they made it onto this year’s ballot.
We favor candidates who support business, free market economics, education outcomes, better transportation infrastructure, families, health care innovations, and anything else that helps more people avoid poverty and enjoy prosperity.
The term-limited state treasurer, Stapleton has a proven record of standing up for hard-working Coloradans. His work benefits middle-class families — struggling to provide food, shelter and clothing — and the working poor. Though holding a statewide public office for two straight terms, he is the rare politician who consistently crusades against the “establishment” of decision makers moving in packs.
Examples of Stapleton’s bold leadership:
• Led crusade to defeat a $1 billion tax increase. Though pitched as a plan to benefit schoolchildren, Stapleton exposed it as a ploy to backfill lucrative retirement pensions for public employees.
• Called out the Department of Transportation for claiming poverty while spending $150 million on new offices.
• Led the charge against a socialized health care plan to raise annual taxes $25 billion and impose a 10 percent income tax.
• Serves as lone voice of responsibility on the board of the state’s Public Employees Retirement Association, doing the hard work of protecting public pensions and taxpayers.
• Spent eight years holding a variety of state agencies accountable for responsible stewardship of taxpayer assets.
As a young, articulate professional with proven leadership skills, Stapleton can appeal to urban and rural voters of all demographics. The electorate mostly wants good results, and Stapleton delivers them. He is the Republican most likely to defy odds and win the general election.