In a first, Colorado candidates for federal office respond to science policy questionnaire
August 24, 2020
This summer, a coalition of seven state and national science policy organizations developed a science and technology questionnaire for Colorado’s candidates for federal office. The coalition has posted answers from candidates who responded to the survey at https://sciencedebate.org/2020-CO.html. While Science Debate has published presidential candidate responses to science policy questions since 2008, this is the first year that Colorado candidates for federal office have responded to a similar questionnaire.
“From COVID-19 to climate change, science policy issues are more important to Coloradans than ever before,” said Kevin Hennegan, Vice President of Political Strategy for the Denver March for Science. “On the positive side, federally funded research laboratories and institutions have an economic impact of over $2.6 billion on our state’s economy. Consequently, understanding where candidates stand on these issues is vitally important. We urge candidates who have not yet responded to submit their answers as soon as possible.”
The questions covered topics including COVID-19, climate change, scientific integrity, and space flight. To date, ten candidates have responded to the survey and are listed below. If additional candidates submit answers, those responses will be added to the website.
Candidates who responded to the questionnaire by August 21, 2020:
- Raymon Doane (Libertarian Party)
US House, Colorado District 1
- Paul Fiorino (Unity Party)
US House, Colorado District 2
- Gary Swing (Unity Party)
- Charlie Winn (Republican Party)
US House, Colorado District 3
- Critter Milton (Unity Party)
US House, Colorado District 5
- Ed Duffett (Libertarian Party)
- Jillian Freeland (Democratic Party)
- Rebecca Keltie (Unity Party)
US House, Colorado District 6
- Jaimie Lynn Kulikowski (Unity Party)
US House, Colorado District 7
- Ken Biles (Libertarian Party)
The questionnaire initiative is part of a nationwide campaign by the National Science Policy Network (NSPN) and Science Debate to develop regionally tailored, nonpartisan questions for all candidates related to science, technology and health policy priorities. In addition to the Denver March for Science, participating Colorado organizations include the Institute for Science & Policy, at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Colorado Citizens for Science, CO-LABS, Project Bridge Colorado, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science Colorado Local Science Engagement Network.
”We are very excited to be working with these terrific groups across the state,” said Sheril Kirshenbaum, executive director of Science Debate. “We know Coloradans are paying close attention to issues ranging from climate change to healthcare and are glad their candidates have the opportunity to speak directly to voters about their plans.”
“Getting early career scientists directly involved in the discourse surrounding the role of science in the upcoming elections is a priority for the National Science Policy Network.” said Amanda Acosta-Ruiz, co-Director of the National Science Policy Network. “We are excited to see this team of Colorado-based scientists calling for science and technology considerations from their candidates and leading the way for other states’ coalitions of scientists and engineers.”
Kevin Hennegan, M.A.
Vice President of Political Strategy
Denver March for Science