“I strongly endorse Jennifer George for Colorado House District 18. It is essential to have representatives in Denver who understand the importance of fiscal responsibility, and who will work with our City. Jennifer will be a great partner for our community.”

Steve Bach, Colorado Springs Mayor

Stephen G. Bach, Mayor, Colorado Springs

Steve Bach was elected Colorado Springs’ first “strong mayor” on May 17, 2011.

Throughout his 45-year career, he has served extensively for a wide range of community and industry organizations. He was named Business Citizen of the Year by the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce. He has served on the board of directors for the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation, Housing and Building Association, Pikes Peak United Way, Pikes Peak YMCA, Community Corrections of the Pikes Peak Region, and University of Colorado Foundation.

Bach’s roots in Colorado Springs run deep. He served in the United States Army artillery from 1964 to 1966, including service at Fort Carson, and received a B.S. degree with highest honors in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 1968.

“The Business Alliance is pleased to announce support for this strong El Paso County delegation. We will work closely with these legislators in their work at the Capitol,” said Doug Quimby, chairman of the alliance’s board. “The economic issues that face the State of Colorado are critical.”

“Reducing the regulatory burden and creating a solid foundation for economic success for the state will be important work in this upcoming legislative session.”

The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance

The Business Alliance is focused on strong business development actions for the Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak region and believes these experienced candidates will work to represent interests at the State Legislature that bring strong economic growth and jobs to Colorado and El Paso County, the group said in a press release. The critical issues facing the Legislature in the upcoming sessions are focused around critical funding levels for transportation, K -12 and higher education, oil and gas development regulations and the overall economic health of the state,” said the Colorado Springs Business Journal.

The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance is a group formed out of the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce  and the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corporation.  The Alliance is a primary advocate for Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak region’s business community, dedicated to serving businesses of all sizes and to building regional economic growth and prosperity.

October 21, 2012

The Cheyenne Edition — Letters to the Editor

Do actions taken at the State House have an impact on the family at your house? As a mom of children in school, professionally trained in law and a community volunteer, Jennifer George brings many talents to bear on issues such as education, employment, and streamlining business regulations. She believes, and many of us agree, that she will make a difference and a significant contribution as representative of HD 18 residents and all of us in our state legislature.

If family values and excellent personal and professional qualifications have meaning for you, please vote for Jennifer George in the November 6 election.

John A. Daly

Colorado Springs

October 21, 2012

The Westside Pioneer — Letters to the Editor

I appreciate your coverage of Westside events preceding this election. Public forums, and your interviews, make informed choices far easier. Local officials are responsive to calls from citizens, but those folks we sent to Denver only come around wanting our votes and donations. Therefore, I’ve focused on the state races.

For Colorado House District 18, Jennifer George gets my vote. Unlike incumbents STILL raising taxes, ignoring pleas to cut spending, George was volunteering in our schools, with Goodwill Industries, with the Fine Arts Center, accomplishing more with less. This mother formed her own company to stay home and raise her daughters. She understands “woman’s issues”: balancing a budget, paying the mortgage, putting food on the table. George gets it. And she gets my vote. Perhaps George’s fiscal wisdom will be contagious, and Denver will lead the nation to financial sanity. That’s my hope!

Sharon McKiernan

Colorado Springs

Colorado House District 18 candidate Jennifer George today announced the endorsement of Buck Blessing, CEO and founder of Griffis/Blessing, named “Best Real Estate Management Company” by the Colorado Springs Business Journal every year since 2006:

While I supported the incumbent in the last election, this November I am 100% in support of Jennifer George for House District 18. I have known Jennifer George for many years. She is smart, focused, and a proven leader in our community. She has a record of success working with diverse groups of people to reach practical solutions.

Jennifer will concentrate on what matters most to Coloradans: getting our economy back on track and getting our fiscal house in order. I strongly endorse Jennifer George — she is a voice of moderation and reason who will best serve our community and state. We can all be proud to have a woman of Jennifer’s stature representing us in HD18.

Buck Blessing

Mr. Blessing is active in the Colorado community and is a Director of UMB Bank and a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). His past involvement includes: President of the Board, and subsequently Co-chairman of the Capital Campaign, for the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Co-Chair of the Pikes Peak United Way Alexis De Toqueville Foundation, Chairman of the Pikes Peak Region Better Business Bureau, President of the Downtown Partnership, Chairman of the Community Development Advisory Board, President of the Southern Colorado Chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management, Chairman of the Colorado College Business and Community Alliance, and President of the Business of Arts Center Board. Mr. Blessing’s professional and civic recognitions also include: Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce “Small Business Person of the Year,” and one of Colorado Business Journal’s “Colorado Climbers” recognizing “40 New Leaders 40 and Under.”

Oct 18, 2012

The Colorado Springs Gazette — Opinion Column

I have seen the future of the Republican Party. Her name is Jennifer George.

George and I spent an hour in a Manitou café getting to know one another. She is bright, articulate, personable, and most importantly, a passionate advocate of liberty. She understands the greatest threat to Colorado’s future is the tax-and-spend mentality of the Democrats. She wants to fight that every way she can.

But just as importantly, she recognizes the importance of liberty in the social realm, and has little interest in making social issues a cornerstone of her campaign. Press her on these issues, and she responds with the importance of the rule of law and the freedom of conscience.

That’s why George is a dream candidate for independent voters.

Independents like the economic and fiscal conservatism of Republicans, but are justifiably suspicious of their social agenda. When presented with the far-right’s relentless drumbeat of “God, Guns and Gays”, independents’ reactions range from boredom to nausea.

George will have none of that. Her district includes Manitou Springs, a very different place from its more straight-laced cousin. It has a more diverse population and “live and let live” attitude. The faithful tend to live their faith quietly, by example, while the nonobservant and less conventionally inclined live their lives without getting in anybody’s business.

It’s a model for how America ought to get along.

It’s also in one of the few competitive districts in this state, maybe the only one. That’s why the battle for District 18 is so important.

The Colorado Senate and governorship are in the hands of the Democrats. The Republicans hold the House by a one-seat majority. If that is lost, the goal of the Colorado Democracy Alliance, Tim Gill, Jared Polis and Pat Stryker will have been achieved. Colorado will be a one-party state, with one-party government, one step closer to Californication.

California, after all, is on the edge of bankruptcy. Unable to meet its obligations, its residents are leaving in unprecedented numbers, many of them settling here.

It is not a coincidence that California is a one-party state. The Republican party of California, with its obsessive focus on immigration and divisive social issues, is rapidly imploding into permanent minority status.

Colorado’s relatively rosy financial picture is due to the tax and spending limitations imposed by TABOR. If the first step toward Californication is government by the Democratic Party, the next step is the repeal of TABOR.

Once that happens, the usual suspects will smell blood in the water. Maddened by the prospect of getting more money by simply lobbying for it, fiscal chaos will ensue as spending outstrips revenue when politicians make promises they can’t keep.

George is only one woman, but if voters send her to Denver, she can help. She is ready to take on the big issues from day one.

She told me, for example, that PERA’s fiscal obligations are a ticking time bomb that has to be diffused now, and she’s absolutely right. She understands that the entrepreneur is the true hero and job creator in the economy. Government needs to stop making it harder for entrepreneurs to create jobs and wealth.

Even if you are a lifelong Democrat, are you so sure your party will behave the way you want if they run the whole shebang? Isn’t there at least a little merit in having a counterbalancing force to curb the excesses of either party? Wasn’t that the whole point of the American system of government? Anybody remember checks and balances from high school civics class? Bueller? Anyone?

Barry FaginHere’s hoping Jennifer George wins in November. If the Republicans lose the House, Colorado will have one-party government and be one step closer to Californication.

Voters of District 18: Do not let that happen on your watch.

Barry Fagin is a contributing columnist for the Gazette. Write Dr. Fagin at barry@faginfamily.net.

“I am writing to give my official endorsement of Jennifer George, candidate for State Representative House District 18. I am aware of the ad hominem this may solicit; however, my hope is that my endorsement for Jennifer George will illuminate the importance of voting person not party. Regardless of my personal political affiliation, it’s my firm belief that my time, energy, and influence is best spent on the candidate who offers the best quality of life to the community I serve and represent. Although I am not in total agreement with either party’s politics–

The servicing of the needs of my community exceeds partisanship.

Why endorse Jennifer George:

  1. Jennifer is also willing to offer her time, energy, influence and access to my community.
  2. Jennifer is admittedly unfamiliar with the totality of our plight, yet is genuinely sensitive and has moved from unawareness to involvement. Again, partisanship should not have more value than the quality of people’s lives.
  3. Jennifer’s moral ethics propel her to serve people first, and party second.

Jennifer George is committed. She comports well and has a fresh vitality; moreover, and more importantly, she has a willingness to champion the causes for all peoples.”

Rev. Promise Y. Lee, Th.M
Pastor of Relevant Word Christian Cultural Center

–Author, Pardoned – A Judicial Memoir
–Winner of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious community problem solving award, the All American City Award
–Adjunct professor of Ethics, Philosophy and Comparative Religion, Pikes Peak Community College
–Small business owner, Altitude K-9

Oct 15, 2012

The Colorado Springs Gazette — Letters to the Editor

Will Pete Lee represent you? Can he represent you? Show me the money. A look at the Secretary of State’s TRACER campaign finance reports on the two House District 18 candidates shows that most of Pete Lee’s funding has come from special-interest groups and people outside the district, while most contributions to Jennifer George’s campaign have come from individuals and businesses within our Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs community.

When there’s a conflict between the interests of HD18 residents and his financial supporters who will Lee vote for? Since Jennifer’s support comes from within the community, you can be sure she will support the interests of HD18. Support Jennifer George, the representative who will represent you.

Joe Fabeck

Manitou Springs

Oct 14, 2012

The Colorado Springs Gazette — Letters to the Editor

This election season is noisy, with so many issues barraging us for attention and importance. However, the one issue that screams at me and should call out clearly to all of us, is our nation’s debt crisis and its effects at all levels of government.

Several candidates are also concerned about this issue, but I write today in support of Jennifer George. George is fiscally conservative, competent, circumspect, and thoughtful. These qualities make her the right candidate at the right time for the state of Colorado

George correctly believes that government needs to get out of the way so the human spirit can soar; creating new ideas, new jobs, and strong communities. This small-government philosophy is needed as our nation, state, and city all grapple with our crippling debt — debt that will detrimentally affect public safety, infrastructure, and our quality of life. I believe George will be a strong and courageous leader who will make the tough decisions to reduce government regulations and spending, making Colorado stronger, more efficient, and capable of weathering a financial storm.

Please support Jennifer George in the upcoming election. Colorado needs her — now more than ever.

Jill Gaebler

Colorado Springs

Oct 14, 2012

The Colorado Springs Gazette — Letters to the Editor

The Oct. 7 Gazette reported that the Colorado Springs area unemployment rate is still at 9.6 percent with 1,800 more area residents leaving the job market in August. We need to elect representatives who will work for more efficient government and common-sense policies to get our economy moving again. Jennifer George is the woman we need to represent us in House District 18. I’ve known her for 14 years, and she has been an active, caring and concerned member of our community. I could not disagree more with Pete Lee’s assertion that she’s “part of the extreme fringe in Colorado.”

Her service on the board of Goodwill Industries of Colorado Springs, with Junior Achievement, and in D-12 schools, as well as her leadership as Chair the Fine Arts Center Board of Trustees have demonstrated that she knows how to collaborate with a team to make an organization more efficient and more successful — even during tough economic times. Unlike her opponent, Jennifer George knows that what we need is smarter government, not bigger government, to boost job growth in Colorado. Jennifer George has served in our community for 17 years; join me in voting to elect her to serve HD18 in the Colorado statehouse.

Bryan Carr

Colorado Springs