Congressional candidate Chase Kohne will tour eastern Colorado throughout October to meet with voters and learn more about their concerns. Kohne is an Army veteran, large animal veterinarian, Army Reserve Major, and Democrat challenging Rep. Ken Buck for his U.S. House of Representatives seat in the 2018 midterm election. The Kohne campaign has scheduled events in Parker, Elizabeth, Castle Pines, Trinidad, La Junta, Lamar, Burlington, Brush, and Greeley.
Kohne and his campaign team will meet with voters to answer questions and learn more about the issues most important to residents. The events are free and open to the public. While the Kohne campaign will provide information and answer questions about his platform, Kohne says the primary purpose of the listening tour is to gather information. He’s asking voters to share their concerns as well as their ideas on how their representative can better solve problems and serve the community.
The tour schedule is as follows:
Parker, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Parker Library, 20105 Mainstreet
Elizabeth, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Elizabeth Library, 651 Beverly St.
Castle Pines, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Castle Pines Library, 360 Village Square Ln.
Trinidad, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Trinidad Community Center, 1309 Beshoar Ave.
La Junta, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Woodruff Memorial Library, 522 Colorado Ave.
Lamar: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Lamar City Library, 102 E Parmenter St.
Burlington, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Burlington Library, 321 14th St.
Brush: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., East Morgan County Library, 500 Clayton St.
Greeley, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Farr Regional Library, 1939 61st Ave.
Kohne’s campaign plans to collect the responses they receive and deliver them to the fourth district’s current Congressional delegation, Senator Michael Bennet, Senator Cory Gardner and Rep. Buck. “These issues cannot wait until the next election,” said Kohne. “So in the meantime, we’ll do whatever we can to bring these concerns to our current representatives and hopefully they’ll respond with action.”
Kohne, who earned the Bronze Star for his service in Afghanistan, said he’s always planned to run for office after completing his Army career. But recent breakdowns in Washington prompted him to run for Congress now. “I’ve never seen this level of frustration with the government before in my lifetime,” he said. “Eastern Colorado needs a representative who will put people first.”
Universal healthcare is his campaign’s top priority. He points out that while most industrialized nations have achieved universal healthcare, the United States isn't among them. “People in universal healthcare systems live longer, healthier lives—that's just a fact,” Kohne said. “But they also pay significantly less for healthcare. Unless we achieve a universal healthcare system, Americans will just continue to pay more and get less.”
Kohne’s platform also promotes increasing wind and solar power on the eastern plains for long-term skilled jobs, energy independence and national security; promoting high-quality public schools and strengthening support for rural schools; defending American values such as liberty and equal protection under the law; supporting military families from recruitment to retirement; standing up for small businesses and family farms and restoring integrity and accountability to Congress.
Kohne has toured eastern Colorado extensively since he announced his run, and his campaign will continue to meet with Coloradans and learn more about the issues that matter most to them. “As a veteran and a veterinarian, I go where I see the greatest need,” he said. “Right now, that’s Washington. Colorado needs a warrior in Washington to hold Congress accountable, take care of our people and fight for our values.”
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