Jim Smallwood: Republican candidate for state Senate District 4

Jim Smallwood, 45, petitioned to get himself on the ballot as a Republican candidate for state Senate District 4. A self-described “Army brat,” he was born in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, but also lived in Colorado Springs, Germany and Manhattan, Kansas. He moved to Colorado after graduating from Fort Hays State University in Kansas with a degree in finance. He is president of Smallwood Select Financial Corp., a partner at McKinlay Smallwood Financial Planners and also works with employee benefits at Moody Insurance Agency. 

This is Smallwood's first run for political office. He is married with children and enjoys his children's sports and theater activities, church, boating, skiing and traveling as a family.

Why are you seeking this position?

I want to help bring positive changes to Colorado, specifically bringing real-world business knowledge, entrepreneurial experience and health plan expertise to the legislature. Continuing to attract existing businesses to move here and encouraging “start-up” enterprises brings good jobs to Coloradans. This is my opportunity to serve our community, and to dedicate a tremendous amount of proven energy into helping Colorado businesses and families thrive.

What makes you the best person for the job?

I am a 20-year Douglas County resident and a lifelong Republican, and a husband, a father and a small businessperson. I have always worked in the private sector and know firsthand how to create jobs. I also have a strong working knowledge of healthcare in Colorado, and have spent decades working with business owners and Colorado working families to find the best possible solutions to our health insurance and retirement savings challenges. I have a long track record as a leader in both business and the community.

What will your top two priorities be, if elected?

I plan to help find free market-driven solutions that make healthcare in Colorado more affordable, both in the premiums we pay for our health plans, and the price we all need to pay to receive services. Secondly, as we continue to face a lack of newly constructed condominium and townhome projects, we have all seen rents and home prices soar. I plan to focus on finally finding a way to bring back construction of this product line to allow for more affordable and accessible home ownership. Improving transportation infrastructure would be my next area of focus.