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Q&A: Eric Davila, candidate for State Representative for Colorado's House District 12

The Longmont Leader reached out to candidates of the races listed in our voter’s guide with a list of questions. Each response will be published as it is received and may be edited for clarity and/or length.
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Eric Davila, Republican candidate for House District 12 in the 2020 General Election. (Photo courtesy of Eric Davila)

The Longmont Leader reached out to candidates of the races listed in our voter’s guide with a list of questions. Each response will be published as it is received and may be edited for clarity and/or length. The Longmont Leader does not endorse any candidate and is providing as much information as we can to help voters make an informed decision in the 2020 election. If you have questions please contact info@longmontleader.com.

Candidate bio

My name is Eric Davila. I am Republican and a proud Chicano, born and raised in East L.A. I grew up poor, so my parents sacrificed every day to send me to Catholic school. I can remember stepping over the drunks and junkies on my way to school and running from the Cholos and Vatos on my way home. One of the proudest days of my life, was the day I was accepted to UCLA. By the late 90’s I was living in Marina Del Rey. I was acting Director of Network Operations for North Communications. We had private sector clients, but mostly public sector clients like the State of California, Texas, NY and even Nova Scotia, so I know how government works. Later, I was the V.P. of I.T. for Screen Zone Media Networks. Then my whole life changed as I watch from my apartment window, people in the twin towers, jumping to their deaths. It made me realize what was important for me, what I really wanted. Family. To be able to raise a family in a wholesome, safe place, to have all the things I never had as a child. I am doing that now and that’s why I am running for office. I want to protect our way of life here in Colorado. I don’t want it to turn into California or NY. I have lived there; I have seen the mismanagement and the corruption and the unintended consequences of well-meaning legislation. Let’s fight to keep Colorado, COLORADO!

What qualities do you possess that qualify you for the job you are seeking?

Experience in public and private sectors.

If you are elected, is there anything in particular that you hope to accomplish? And briefly, what is it and why is it important?

Fiscal audit on the state budget

What are your plans to ensure that all of your constituents would have access to the same resources and opportunities, regardless of race or socioeconomic status? In your view, where does the system fall short?

It does not fall short. I live in a affluent area where the schools are all great! Boulder county does a great job of looking out for everybody, regardless or race, creed, color or economic background.

What are you doing to disrupt the status quo of politics? If you had the power, what one change would you make right now?

I plan to reverse as much of the legislative work that has been done to reverse the will of the people.

Are you satisfied with Colorado’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic? If yes, why? If not, what do you think should be done instead? Can more be done at the local level? The federal level?

No, I am not. Government has gone too far and are violating peoples rights to run their business as they see fit. We are rugged individuals and should be free to make decisions for our self. Government's place is to make us aware of the situation and advise.

Colorado is facing a projected budget shortfall of more than $6 billion in the next three years because of the reduction in tax revenue caused by the pandemic. How should the state and local government set budget priorities? How deeply should cuts be made? What should your office be doing, or is doing, to prepare?

Budget priorities should always go to infrastructure first.

A question on this year’s ballot is seeking to repeal the Gallagher Amendment. Are you in support of the measure?  Why or why not?

 I do not support the repeal, it was the will of the people and for their protection from undue taxation.

Another initiative on the ballot seeks to create a statewide paid family and medical leave insurance program. Do you support this measure? If it fails, should state or local lawmakers pursue similar measures?

No I do not. No they should not. The market will determine appropriate compensation packages.

What do you think is the most pressing matter that pertains to the next generation of Coloradans who may be voting for the first time?

They must stop the National Popular Vote movement.

Who is your hero, and why?

 Pancho Villa, because he kicked butt and knew when to call it quits.