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Democrat Chris Hansen: Republican Don Coram 'would be a great candidate' for Congress

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Chris Hansen represents Denver and Arapahoe County in Colorado's State Senate

State Senator Chris Hansen (D-Denver) speaks with KVNF's Gavin Dahl about the Joint Budget Committee, his 2021 legislation to modernize electric transmission infrastructure and strengthen civics education, and his experience working across the aisle at the Capitol with State Senator Don Coram (R-Montrose).

The Joint Budget Committee met all of last week in Denver and heard economic and revenue forecasts from the Office of State Planning and Budgeting on Friday. Hansen joined colleagues in issuing a statement saying, quote, “uplifting low-income groups, investing in education, and supporting jobs” must be priorities in 2022. JBC chair Julie McCluskie says there is not enough money for higher education in the governor’s budget proposal. Hansen says he agrees.

Hansen was a prime sponsor on a bill to modernize electric transmission infrastructure to meet clean energy goals, with west slope Republican co-prime sponsors Don Coram and Marc Catlin. He co-sponsored another bill with Republican Don Coram on strengthening civics education.

Obviously as a Democrat, in the Third Congressional District race next year Hansen will be rooting for the winner of the Democratic primary in the General Election. At the same time, many political observers think the Republican primary is the biggest opportunity for change since the district map is now more Republican than before. Gavin asked the Senator, if Don Coram files to run for Congress, and becomes the challenger to Lauren Boebert in the primary, what does he want voters here in the district to know about working with him across the aisle at the capitol?

Gavin Dahl is a writer and producer with a passion for community media. He worked for KVNF from July 2020 to July 2022. He won awards and recognition for his KVNF reporting from the Colorado Broadcasters Association and Society of Professional Journalists. His writing has been published by The Montrose Press, The Sopris Sun, Boulder Weekly, Raw Story, Radio Survivor, Boise Weekly, and The Austin American-Statesman. He graduated from The Evergreen State College with a BA in media production and community organizing.
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