Laura Woods: from grassroots organizer to state senate candidate

Laura Woods: from grassroots organizer to state senate candidate

Gun control has its consequences

In the 2013 Colorado state legislative session, Democrats rammed through five Bloomberg-written and supported gun control bills over the loud objections of citizens, county sheriffs and businesses. Laura Woods and two others started a recall petition against their state senator, Evie Hudak. Eventually, Hudak resigned rather than become the third state senator to be recalled that year.

And now Laura Woods is running to hold that seat in Senate District 19.

Hudak only won in 2012 because a Libertarian made it a three-way race—and she won by only 600 votes. Hudak was replaced by the even more radical Rachel Zenzinger, who is on the Democrat ticket.

Woods gained a lot of experience volunteering in the Hudak recall campaign, as well as helping out in Pueblo to recall Angela Giron. She says that there were over 700 people who helped in the Hudak effort—and she’s calling on them to help her now.

She’s running for the senate for essentially the same reasons she got involved in the recalls: to give the people a senator who will listen to them, to unite voters instead of dividing them, to encourage strong Western values, and to stand for the rule of law and individual liberty.

Politically, Woods describes herself as aligning with Libertarians and Tea Party people. On her website, Wood’s statements supporting fiscal responsibility and limited, accountable government support that. She considers herself an American first, a conservative second, and a Republican third.

When asked what she thinks the top concerns of the people in her district are, she does not hesitate:

  1. Jobs and the economy
  2. Education
  3. Government overreach

Each of those concerns is colored by local circumstances. The economy is Colorado is not doing well. While Texas has a thriving energy economy, the Democrats in Colorado have done their best to shut down the coal, oil and gas industries. Woods, who grew up in Steamboat Springs on the Western Slope, has seen the effects first hand.

Education in her district includes the growing concern over Common Core. Also at issue is the continuing conflict between the Jeffco School Board and the teachers’ union, which has tried to frustrate every move of the new board to improve education in the county. The union has succeeded in frustrating voters as well.

Government overreach is not some abstract idea, either: the state legislature’s attempts to regulate toilets and shower heads, naturopathic medicine and force immunizations are all of concern—as are increases in taxes, fees and especially insurance rates.

In short, Woods says, people are tired of the Democrat’s one-party rule in Denver.

You won’t hear those concerns brought out in the establishment media and the Democrats in Colorado have pretty much stopped even giving lip service to doing something positive for the economy.

Instead, they’re dragging out the same tired claims and scare tactics they’ve been using for years.

They accuse Woods of being a radical who wants to put guns in the hands of felons; instead, she wants to keep guns in the hands of ordinary citizens.

They accuse Woods of wanting to “end Medicare as we know it.” In fact, as a state senator she would have absolutely no influence on this or other federal programs.

As a woman, she has at least avoided the “war on women” attacks. Desperate as they are to hang on to power, it seems that even Democrats sense that would be going too far to be believable.

Woods is running a smart grassroots campaign and seems to be doing well, although polling in local state races is hard to come by. It’s going to be a close race.