This race is heating up quickly here on the Western Slope.
Last week, my opponent and I faced off over the future of the Western Slope at the Club 20 fall conference. It came down to this: my opponent is concerned about climate change instead of what is actually urgent, which is our jobs as well as our water supply.
The climate change policies that she is scrambling to uphold are the same policies shutting down the Naturita and Nucla station coal mines, which leaves many without jobs or prospects. Our next step needs to be taking care of our people.
I have supported an ALL of the above energy plan and committed to protecting our public lands and water rights. My opponent does not understand these water rights, and she made that abundantly clear last weekend. That is dangerous.
Peter Marcus with the Durango Herald reported, "Brown asked McLachlan if she was familiar with 'first in time, first in right,' which refers to the state's prior appropriations system, which grants water rights to the first person to take water from an aquifer or river, despite residential proximity.
McLachlan was at first stumped by the question, but she then responded, 'I'm very familiar with that,' though she did not have the opportunity to elaborate."
It is crucial that we maintain this Republican seat so that Colorado does not end up in the hands of whimsical policy making.
Will you stand with us, and chip in $5 or $10 today to keep level-headed politics on the Western Slope?