Election 2018GovernorHot Sheet

Donna Lynne’s campaign roadmap makes a stop at affordable housing

Author: Joey Bunch - April 19, 2018 - Updated: April 19, 2018

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Donna LynneDonna Lynne speaks during a news conference to announce her nomination to be Colorado’s lieutenant governor in 2016. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Are we there yet? Lt. Gov Donna Lynne roadmap to run Colorado is now making a stop at affordable housing.

The Democrat from Denver continues to release her policy positions, culled from meetings experts across the state. She already has explored healthcare, jobs and working families. Still ahead, there’s education, energy, the environment and infrastructure.

“I understand how critical housing is to family stability and our state’s vitality and success,” she said in a statement Wednesday. “When I worked in local government, housing was a top-tier issue that received the same priority and attention as topics like economic development and health care. As Governor, I plan to elevate housing to a cabinet level responsibility and a key priority for my administration.”

To get there, she proposes:

  • A cabinet-level leadership position and coordinating council on housing.
  • A $25 million state fund and leveraging state land for solutions.
  • An extension and expansion of Colorado’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit.
  • Use of the state’s Pay For Success program to address chronic homelessness.

The full plan is available by clicking here.

“As single mother who raised three children by myself, I understand the pressure of rising housing costs put on family budgets,” Lynne stated. “The increasing cost of housing and lack of available inventory is a burden for Coloradans across the income spectrum and in all parts of the state.”

A former Kaiser Permanente executive, Lynne was appointed lieutenant governor in 2016. She is awaiting certification of her petitions to get on the Democratic primary ballot. Former state Sen. Mike Johnston’s petitions were certified last month.

At last weekend’s Democratic state assembly in Broomfield, former state Treasurer Cary Kennedy took the top like on the primary ballot with 62 percent of the votes. U.S. Rep. Jared Polis also made the ballot with 33 percent. To qualify for the primary, those who go through the assembly have to get at least 30 percent.

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.