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Economic Fairness

We must create an economy that gives everyone a shot at success.

In Colorado from our pioneering days to today, we have never shied away from hard work. But our economy is not working for everyone. I will continue to work with our business community, our workers and our entrepreneurs to figure out how we strengthen business and ensure that all Coloradans take part in prosperity.

Last Legislative Session, my bills did this by:

  • Granting funding for the ASCENT program, allowing Colorado students to concurrently enroll at a community college or technical school while they are still in high school for free.
  • Expanding the ability to sell homemade food items, under the Cottage Food Act, giving sellers the opportunity to keep more of the money they generate from their home business.
  • Introducing the FAMLI act, which would give paid medical leave to all workers, allowing people to take time off when they or a loved one gets sick.

Sustainability

In Colorado we need to protect our quality of life by making sure we all have clean air and water and great places to spend time in. We need to make sure we are leaving Colorado better for future generations.

This session, I will continue to fight to make sure the Governor's Climate Action Plan will have specific targets and measurable goals, so we have data to show our state's climate leadership.

Last session I supported legislation that supports sustainability, specifically by:

  • Passing a bill to make it easier to retain storm water runoff.
  • Amending Solar Panel regulations, to allow more homeowners and businesses access to the ability to harness their own clean energy.

Fiscal Responsibility and Transparency

I value tax-payer dollars and as your legislator I am using them wisely to make our state better. As a member of the appropriations committee, I ensure that our state is using your money responsibly.

I will continue to be approachable and accountable this session by:

  • Hosting monthly town hall meetings to hear your concerns directly from you.
  • Adding Happy Hour with Faith for those who would rather come talk to me and have a beer.
  • Staying committed to transparency in government especially by reaching out to citizens about the budget process and how to be involved.

Strong Community

As your State Representative I will continue to work on policies that grow our community. Policies that provide children with a good education, a community in which people feel safe and secure, and a community where people can live wonderful, healthy lives.

Last Legislative Session, I did this by:

  • Allowing any nearby emergency responder to go outside of their state, county or district borders and respond to an emergency, making sure that the fastest help gets to the emergency first.
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My Biography

Faith Winter has spent her entire career bringing people together to make positive change. She has worked in homeless shelters and board rooms and always gets results. Faith’s parents a nurse and a teacher ingrained in her at an early age the importance of service and giving back to her community. Over the last decade Faith has empowered thousands of people to become civically involved and participate in democracy.Pumpkin Patch

In Westminster, she has worked with non-profits to create affordable housing, local businesses to create jobs and local residents on community improvements.  We need someone who can listen to and recognize the needs of our friends, neighbors, and citizens of our city. We need someone who can build bridges among diverse partners. As your City Councilperson, Faith used her skills of collaboration, facilitation, and coalition building to bring our community together to tackle important issues like public safety, economic development, and parks and open spaces.  Faith worked hard to make Westminster a great community, and continues to do so working as your State Representative.

As a fifth generation Coloradan, Faith has seen firsthand the rapid growth in Colorado and Westminster. Faith understands that growth is important for a strong economy, but it needs to be done in a smart way that promotes healthy, vibrant neighborhoods and invests in Westminster’s human capitol. She has demonstrated a strong commitment to our community by working to support local businesses and public transportation. As your State Representative, Faith will continue to work to preserve the character and quality of life of Westminster for future generations.

Faith has a proven track record of bringing people together to tackle difficult issues. She has brought a diverse group of businesses together, from gun shops to donut shops, and environmental groups to make light rail a reality for Westminster. She has worked with churches and non-profits to increase affordable housing through Habitat for Humanity and farmers and ranchers together with college students to make Colorado a leader in renewable energy.

Westminster needs someone who can bring people together and build these relationships between diverse partners. As your State Representative, Faith has the energy and willingness to roll up her sleeves and make Westminster a stronger city.

Hard work is nothing new to Faith, from working on policy at the state and federal level to protect our air, land and water to training the next generation of women leaders through her role as the National Field Director for The White House Project and as Executive Director of Emerge Colorado, to building diverse coalitions for multiple grassroots programs. Faith has a proven track record. Please support her campaign and help elect Faith Winter as our State Representative.

Qualifications

Professional

  • Inland Temporary Homes - Homeless Shelter: Program Coordinator
  • Green Corps: Field Organizer
  • EnviroCitizen: National Program Director
  • The White House Project: National Field Director
  • Colorado Conservation Voters: Program Director
  • Emerge Colorado: Executive Director

Volunteer Work

  • President of Colorado Women in Government
  • Vice Chair of Adams County Housing Authority.
  • State director of the Young Elected Officials Network.
  • Colorado Women’s Legislative Breakfast co-chair 2007-2010.
  • Colorado Municipal League Fiscal Issues committee member 2009-2010.
  • Alternate member to DRCOG.
  • Liaison to Westminster’s Environmental Advisory Board and Youth Advisory Panel.
  • Former PR committee member for Habitat for Humanity
  • Cesar Chavez Community Garden Coordinator
  • Earthlinks Community Garden Coordinator
  • Girl Scouts Health and Fitness Fair

Awards

  • Winner of Youth Vote 30 under 30 in 2004.
  • One of the top 10 most influential women in Denver in 2008 as named by the Denver, Examiner.
  • 2010 Woman of the Year, by Business and Professional Women, NW chapter.

Education

  • University of Redlands
  • Graduated in Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Beta Kappa Honor Societies
  • Won Best Thesis in Environmental Management Department
  • Leadership
  • Westminster Citizen’s Police Academy, Class of 2007
  • Big Horn Center for Economic Development Fellowship, Class of 2006
  • Colorado Institute of Leadership Training, Class of 2006
  • Civic Leadership Institute on Economic Development, Class of 2005
  • Environmental Leadership Institute, Class of 2004
  • Green Corps, Class of 2003
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On pregnancy and personnel-file measures, Colorado business leaders strike a balance

Apr 26, 2016, 6:28pm MDT

Ed Sealover | Denver Business Journal

Working with sponsoring Rep. Faith Winter, D-Westminster, business groups changed both bills to ensure they do not create new burdens on company owners.

Colorado business leaders might be assumed to have little reason to support legislative measures that would force them to make greater accommodations for pregnant workers and to sit down with sometimes-disgruntled workers to show them what’s in their personnel files.

But by the time a Colorado legislative committee gave bipartisan approval to the pregnancy-accommodations measure on Tuesday, business groups had negotiated changes to both bills to the point where they went neutral on the proposals — statehouse jargon for neither supporting nor opposing the bills — because they felt that neither would create problems for company owners.

As a result, the sponsor of both bills, Democratic Rep. Faith Winter of Westminster, may have put both bills in position to make it through the Republican-controlled Senate, which has looked askance at virtually every regulatory proposal that’s come its way this year.

“I don’t believe that they are burdensome to employers — either one of these,” said Loren Furman, the senior vice president for the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry who has been at the lead in negotiating for changes to the proposals.

House Bill 1438 — which got the support of two of the six Republicans and all seven of the Democrats on the House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee on Tuesday — would make it an unfair practice if employers do not provide reasonable accommodations to workers who are pregnant or recently gave birth.

Those accommodations include increased bathroom breaks or water, a reduction in heavy lifting, and seating for workers such as cashiers who may otherwise be standing all day.

Winter, who had two pregnancies that she termed difficult, introduced the measure after hearing stories of retail workers who were forced to lift 50-pound boxes or stand at a register while carrying their unborn children.

But she and sponsoring Sen. Beth Martinez Humenik, R-Thornton, emphasized that they wanted to strike a balance between the needs of the employer and the needs of the worker as well.

To do that, business leaders like Furman persuaded Winter to add language saying that companies do not have to add a new, less physically strenuous position for a worker if one does not currently exist.

A new provision notes the company does not have to grant any particular leave, paid or unpaid. And a last-minute addition in committee on Tuesday states that if an employee sues a company for violating the new law, a court cannot issue punitive damages if their employer made good-faith efforts to accommodate their needs.

Those negotiations were similar to the talks surrounding HB 1432, a Winter-sponsored bill that allows employees and recently former employees to access their personnel files no more than once a year.

The 2016 version of that bill was changed from a failed 2015 effort to ensure that workers did not have a right to sue over problems with enforcement of the law, among other things, and it passed the House Monday on a 39-26 vote that included the support of five Republicans.

Winter wasn’t involved as much in the negotiations over the personnel-file bill, as she signed onto sponsor that measure after business and worker-advocacy groups had negotiated for several months about its details.

But at a time when many members of both parties are running “statement” bills that are meant to send a message to potential voters in the upcoming election far more than they are aimed at actually passing through both the Republican Senate and the Democratic House to become law, Furman complimented Winter on her ability to find a place
where all sides could come together on a few issues in this contentious session.

“She’s been great. She pushes back where she needs to push back,” Furman said of Winter. “She can see clearly through arguments and knows what she wants.”

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