Campaign Website: stephanyroseforcongress.com
Campaign Facebook Page: facebook.com/StephanyForCO/
Education: Purdue University: Ph.D. in American studies, master's degree in English literature; Clark Atlanta University: bachelor's degree in English Studies
Experience: Current chairwoman of Women's and Ethnic Studies department at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; associate professor since August 2015; senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church of Colorado Springs
What is the single most important action Congress can take to reduce gun violence?
Most Americans agree that gun violence is a serious public health crisis. In fact, there's more agreement about what to do about it than the rhetoric out of D.C. suggests. A recent survey found that over 80 percent of gun owners and non-owners favor universal background checks. Also popular are gun violence restraining orders that help authorities work with families who fear loved ones could hurt themselves or others. Proposals like these are being considered by states weary of the "thoughts and prayers" approach to the problem. Congress must put partisan politics aside and enact common sense laws that will save lives.
What are the top three needs specific to the 5th Congressional District that you will make your priorities in Congress?
- Cost of Living: A lack of affordable housing coupled with salaries 14-34 percent below the state average means too many full-time workers can't make ends meet or are living in poverty.
- Infrastructure: The lack of a sustained commitment to adequately funding our education systems, repairing roads and bridges, exploring mass transit options or providing our rural neighbors with broadband access imperils our competitiveness and quality of life.
- Environment: Stewardship of the natural environment we are blessed to call home requires sustained support for programs that support fire safety and improved watershed quality while also preserving access to our national parks and public lands.
What do you bring to this race that none of your opponents can offer?
Our nation is at a crossroads. We can continue to be divided by political discourse so toxic that all we do is talk past each other. Or, we can try harder to meet people where they are, so that together, we can build a community that works for all of us. The ability to be an effective and empathetic leader is a skill honed during my years as a professor and Chairwoman of Women's and Ethnic Studies at UCCS, a senior pastor and community organizer. This unique experience has equipped me to unite people in the search for common ground and a productive path forward.