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Elizabeth Hughes

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Elizabeth Hughes

City Council - Ward 3

Survey Score: 55%


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Loveland Candidates Candidate Score Card


Q:

Will you commit to refusing campaign contributions from fossil fuel companies?

A:

No

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Do you agree that the continued proliferation of oil and gas extraction is a major contributor to the climate crisis?

A:

Yes

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Do you pledge to support/advance policies that protect communities from the cumulative impacts of climate change?

A:

Yes

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If you answered "Yes" to the above question, how will you protect communities?

A:

I will look for measurable, viable ways for Loveland to minimize its impact on climate change. Most municipal vehicles, for example, drive short distances. The Council needs to empower transition to hybrid or zero-emission (ZEV) vehicles. As Ward III's Councilwoman, I will work to achieve carbon-neutrality through these types of initiatives and remain in lockstep with state's progressive, forward-focus on climate change. I also am an advocate for community engagement strategies that "lean green," as many voters already know. Loveland's thought leaders - not just its elected officials - need to unite our generations around a goal of preserving the future through innovation.

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Do you support state Senate Bill 19-181 which grants local governments authority over oil & gas operations within their jurisdiction?

A:

Yes

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Do you believe that local governments should have the right to enact bans or moratoria on fracking to safeguard residents from the inherent dangers associated with oil & gas development?

A:

Yes

A:

I will support oil and gas companies publicly if they allow us to inspect their operations including an analysis of the substances in fracking fluids. I also feel we need to keep these relationships intact to enforce private and safe removal of "orphaned" wells.

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Did you support Proposition 112, which aimed to create 2500 foot setbacks for homes, schools, hospitals, parks, playgrounds and water sources from all new oil & gas operations?

A:

No

Q:

If you answered "no" to the above, why not?

A:

Economic impact to Colorado was the most compelling argument I heard against. We need to remain pragmatic as we proceed on the climate change front. Alienating constituents and corporations is not smart. We need to give up a few negotiation points to get heard on the larger issues.

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Do you agree that the COGCC should pause all new permits for oil & gas development until the new rule-making process is complete and an independent cumulative impact study has been done?

A:

No

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Will you advocate for state agencies and the oil and gas industry to abide by the precautionary principle in order to protect Colorado’s air, water, and public health?

A:

Yes

Q:

What are your specific plans to reduce the threat of climate change once you get into office?

A:

Once again, Loveland can lead the way for other communities to follow by using our municipal resources to become carbon-neutral. Within this: We will lead by example. We will publicize results. We will celebrate milestones. This hopeful outreach will compel other cities and towns, not just in Colorado - but throughout the U.S. Loveland must also continue to protect our people and our city from wildfires, reduce their carbon emissions if they do occur, and make optimal use of the natural lands that enhance our brand identity.

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What will you do to attract other environmentally friendly industries such as hemp, solar, wind, geothermal?

A:

Loveland has the facilities to be a Mecca for environmentally-friendly startups. The city boasts proximity to two universities and several colleges, access to tech centers and skilled labor, gorgeous homes, and an enviable quality of life. In terms of my leadership as a Ward III Councilwoman, it will come back to that inclusive, efficient, professional approach to Economic Development I discuss so often. I will champion incentives to green businesses and industries. This, in turn, will improve our job market, drive our retail sales taxes via discretionary income, and give hope to people pursuing non-conventional career growth through incubator and vo-tech certification programs. We can do this and we will. So, let's get started with new and vibrant leadership in Loveland. I have the intelligence and personal strength of character to lead us into the next chapter.