Q&A with Karen McCormick, Democratic candidate for Congressional District 4

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City or town of residence: Longmont, for 23 years.

Profession: Veterinarian and small-business owner.

Related elected-office or public-service experience: I have not served in public office before, but I started a veterinary clinic that employed 20 people and I have served on the boards of multiple nonprofit organizations.

Why are you seeking this office?

I believe that our nation is at a crossroads, and I am running for Congress to bring my experiences as a veterinarian, small-business owner and as a mom of three to Congress to advocate for fairness, opportunity and freedom.

What makes you the most qualified person for the position?

Career politicians and special interests have left Congress stuck in partisan gridlock and dysfunction, and it is critical to elect political outsiders who will get Congress back on track and work to help the average American. I have never run for public office before, but my experiences with starting a successful small business and leading nonprofit organizations in my community have prepared me to go to Congress and lead from day one.

What would your top two priorities be if elected?

My top priority in Congress will be to advocate for our public schools — every child in Colorado deserves the opportunity to have a quality education, and every teacher in Colorado deserves the support they need to help kids succeed. My next priority will be to advocate for our healthcare system — we need to move to a more inclusive system like a Medicare buy-in that will make health care more affordable and accessible by lowering premiums, cutting the costs for medication and making sure that small clinics in rural communities can stay open.

What else should the voters know about you?

I have been working to meet Colorado voters for a year now, and I am proud of our momentum. I have been endorsed by U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, former Rep. Betsy Markey, the American Federation of Teachers, the AFL-CIO, the National Organization for Women and others who support our campaign.

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