BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
Steve Monahan is a candidate for House District 3 in the state legislature because “this is what service looks like for me going forward.” A fiscal conservative, he says, “Overreach by the current legislature could have a negative impact on the prosperity we are enjoying. Colorado is a small business type of place.” House District 3 includes Cherry Hills Village, Englewood, Sheridan, Greenwood Village, and parts of northern Littleton.
A believer in competition and the private sector, Monahan is against the public option for health care currently being discussed by the legislature. He “doesn’t like public health care,” believing that “government ought to stay out of it.” Monahan says that we should “start to unwind government meddling in health care and incentivize charities.” Although his children are all vaccinated, Monahan believes that vaccination should be the choice of parents, not mandated by the government.
Recently retired after a 15-year career as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, where he was a member of the Navy’s Sixth Fleet Band, Monahan remains in the reserves and is starting a new career as a commercial pilot. He and his wife Michelle are the parents of three children, two of whom attend Cottonwood Creek Elementary in the Cherry Creek School District. The youngest Monahan is still in pre-school.
On the subject of transportation, the candidate thinks “we need a veteran of roads running CDOT (Colorado Department of Transportation).” According to Monahan, “Only 6 ½ percent of the state budget is allotted to transportation. I’d like to fight to get more money to fix the roads.” Where would he take it from? “Health and Human Services”, he tells us. “It is 40 percent of the state budget.”
On the subject of the extreme risk protection order, or red flag bill, that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, Monahan “has some real questions about whether you can restrict the civil liberties of people who haven’t committed a crime.”
As a parent and military veteran who led active shooter trainings during his time in the United States Navy, Monahan does not believe in arming schoolteachers. He is a strong advocate for community policing and mental health professionals in the schools who are well acquainted with the student population and any issues with which they might be dealing.
He also believes that it is important for public schools to provide vocational education and that less money should be going to higher education. Asked by Villager publisher Bob Sweeney what he thought of the idea of the University of Colorado potentially becoming private since it gets so little money from the state anyway, Monahan said he would be OK with that.
A Republican, we asked Monahan how he would institute his policies for our state if he is elected while Democrats continue to hold a majority in both houses of the legislature in addition to the governor’s office. Monahan said he would “look for reasonable legislators to pass good legislation.”
The general election is Nov. 3, still more than eight months away. Monahan has not yet filed all the official paperwork with the secretary of state’s office but will do so soon. Presently the only candidate listed on the secretary of state’s website listed as running for HD3 representative is incumbent Democrat Meg Froelich, who was appointed to the position after Jeff Bridges vacated it, having himself been appointed to fill the vacancy in Senate district 26 created when former Sen. Daniel Kagan resigned. Those things all happened in January 2019.
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