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HD 18 candidate Maile Foster's responses to Westside Pioneer questionnaire

Maile Foster is running as an independent for House District 18.
Courtesy of the candidate
Oct. 19, 2018
       Maile Foster, 69, is one of three candidates for Colorado House District 18 in the mid-term election in the Nov. 6 election. She is running as an independent.
       She has lived in the region nearly 19 years, and in the Gold Hill Mesa neighborhood of the Westside since 2013.
       Foster's career focus is financial planning. She is a small-business owner and has served on non-profit boards and the Colorado Springs Rotary.
       She has no government-elected experience.
       Along with the other two candidates for House District 18, Foster was given a multiple-choice and yes/no questionnaire by the Westside Pioneer, which included the opportunity to add comments where desired (up to 100 words in all).
       The other HD 18 candidate who answered the Pioneer questionnaire was Mary Elizabeth Fabian, running as a Republican (see Pioneer article at this link). The third HD 18 candidate is Marc Snyder (Democrat), who chose not to fill out the questionnaire, as summarized in the Pioneer article at this link.
       An independent running for state office is a rarity, although one (Cheri Jahn in Senate District 20), is there now. Foster said she is one of six more who are running for the Colorado Legislature this year, with a generally agreed goal, if elected, of "bringing both sides [Democrats and Republicans] together [and] finding common ground between the two sides."
       With that in mind, Foster said she refrained from picking one of the four possible multiple-choice answers to either the question on President Trump or the one on Judge Kavanaugh - although she did offer comments on both issues.
       Foster's questionnaire responses (and comments, where provided) appear below in bolded type.
  • President Trump…
           (PICK 1, 2, 3 OR 4.) [NO SELECTION MADE.]
           - 1. Support him and his policies at Make America Great Again level
           - 2. Mostly approve
           - 3. Mostly disapprove
           - 4. Disapprove at “resistance” level
           Thankfully, we can reject the partisanship and gridlock the two parties give us, and elect common-sense independents to the Colorado State House.
  • Judge Kavanaugh nomination for Supreme Court…
           (PICK 1, 2, 3 OR 4.) [NO SELECTION MADE.]
           - 1. Fully support him and suspect Democrats of using “smear” tactics
           - 2. Support but have been willing to see how allegations issue plays out
           - 3. Oppose but have been willing to see how allegations issue plays out
           - 4. Fully oppose and suspect Republicans of unfairness
           Mishandled all around.
  • Would you vote to have the state lead or join a legal initiative intended to reverse the federal court ruling that limits enforcement of the local no-camping laws? (YES/NO/UNDECIDED.)
           NO. Direct resources towards the root problems to reduce homelessness.
  • Would you vote for legislation making Colorado a sanctuary state for illegal immigrants? (YES/NO/UNDECIDED.)
           UNDECIDED. Everyone, including immigrants, should be treated with compassion and understanding and be afforded equal rights, under the law.
  • Some state propositions… (YES/NO/UNDECIDED FOR EACH)
           - Amendment Y (create “Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission”). YES.
           - Amendment Z (create “Independent Legislative Redistricting Commission”). YES.
           - Amendment 73 (generate more public school funds by raising state corporate income tax and tax on incomes over $150,000). NO. Our urgent education funding will only be fixed, once and for all, by fixing TABOR, etc.
           - Proposition 112 (increase fracking setback). NO. Enforce stringent laws already in place.
           - Proposition 109 (Fix Our Damn Roads). NO. Why commit to a loan you have to repay regardless of the economic times?
           - Proposition 110 (Authorize Sales Tax and Bonds for Transportation Projects). YES. Less cost over time. Invest when our economy is doing well.

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