1-minute voter guide: Erik Aadland and Brittany Pettersen seek 7th Congressional District seat
Republican Erik Aadland and Democrat Brittany Pettersen are gunning for a chance to represent Denver suburbs in Congress.
Flashback: Incumbent U.S. state Rep. Ed Perlmutter said he would retire after serving for 16 years.
Driving the news: Democrats are likely to keep the seat that President Biden carried by nearly 15 points, according to Politico.
- Yes, but: Biden is an unpopular incumbent in Colorado.
Meet the candidates: Erik Aadland is a combat veteran and political newcomer.
- He comes from an Army family, and he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York.
Brittany Pettersen is a state lawmaker with a long history serving in both chambers of the state Legislature, most recently as a state senator.
- Pettersen was raised in Jefferson County in a working-class family. She graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Where they stand: Curbing inflation is something both candidates say they would address in Congress.
- Aadland told the Colorado Sun he would concentrate on curbing government spending by improving oil and gas production, strengthening the country's supply chain.
- Pettersen said she would look to invest in ports to improve cargo movements, which could help with supply chain issues. She also advocates for loan forgiveness programs for people in industries currently in high demand, including education and health care.
On the environment:
- Aadland called himself an environmentalist in an interview with CPR News. He wants to improve clean energy technology without impacting the country's economy, though still calls for domestic production of natural gas. He would support developing nuclear energy in his district.
- Pettersen wants to see federal money used to help the country transition to renewable energy to combat climate change. She said the private sector could play a pivotal role in this transition, specifically in creating technology to improve energy storage. She supports using natural gas as an alternative to coal or oil.
- Aadland supports increased penalties for people distributing fentanyl, though he doesn't agree with a Republican-led proposal recommending life sentences for anyone convicted of trafficking the synthetic opioid.
- Pettersen, who has spoken publicly about her mother's opioid addiction, told CPR News she wants to target drug cartels and people "exploiting our communities" rather than criminalizing addiction.
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