National Federation of Independent Business
I have been the National Federation of Independent Business Colorado State Director since 2005. In this role, I serve as the voice of Colorado's small business owners on behalf of America's largest small business advocacy organization. I’m constantly reminding policymakers that small businesses are not smaller versions of big businesses, but have different difficulties in remaining solvent. I write today to let you know that State Representative Clarice Navarro represents her District, and specifically the small business community, with tenacity and vision.
State Representative Navarro is able to put politics aside and cast the votes that our small businesses deserve. She’s outspoken, yet eloquent, in defending small businesses against over regulation and governmental barriers. Navarro understands the struggles that small businesses in Colorado have, and she consistently looks for solutions so that our small business community can thrive and prosper.
She’s fought for lower taxes, less regulation and fewer fees, and that’s the voice that Colorado needs at the Legislature. Southern Colorado, you have sent a Representative that believes in all that is great about our small business community, and I look forward to working with her on small business issues and solutions in the upcoming legislative session.
Colorado State Director – NFIB
Pueblo Chieftain Endorsement
DURING HER first term in the state House, Republican Clarice Navarro showed her commitment to both her district and the conservative values that won her the seat in 2012.
In a recent Chieftain-sponsored candidate forum, the former educator and Department of Agriculture employee-turned-businesswoman touted her opposition to Democrat-sponsored gun control legislation and her support of the U.S. Constitution.
She also spoke of her opposition to a 2013 law that required electric cooperatives to increase their expensive renewable energy sources, the need for the state to resolve the banking problem for “cash only” marijuana businesses, and her opposition to increased taxes for and regulation of businesses.
All of which are hot button issues in Democrat-controlled Denver. Despite the partisan atmosphere there, Rep. Navarro has stuck tightly to her conservative principles.
Rep. Navarro is also a small businesswoman, a civic leader, a family woman and a community activist. She has a demonstrated understanding of the all-important agricultural and water-related issues that shape her district, and she has emphatically spoken about the need to spur Pueblo’s economy.
To that end, she suggests rolling back crippling mandates that keep businesses from flourishing.
Her Democratic challenger, Colorado Department of Corrections officer Lucretia Robinson, is clearly a kind woman with a good heart, and we appreciated her promoting ideas to support homeless veterans here in Pueblo.
However, Rep. Navarro has proven herself as a coalition builder who truly understands and will fight for the issues surrounding her district. She has earned a second term.
For these reasons, our endorsement goes to Clarice Navarro.
- Read online at: Pueblo Chieftain Endorsement of Clarice Nazarro
Today (Sept. 17), GOPAC announced it will begin investing in the elections for Colorado House of Representatives as it presents one of the best opportunities in the country to gain a Republican majority and further the organization’s efforts to build a roster of Republicans ready to lead.
GOPAC will be working to re-elect Representative Clarice Navarro-Ratzlaff in District 47 as well as elect Candice Benge in District 3, Marijo Tinlin in District 33 and J. Paul Brown in District 59.
“We are very pleased to add the Colorado House to our rankings of the best opportunities for Republicans to gain majority control of the state House of Representatives. GOPAC has been investing in Colorado House Republicans since 2010 and we look forward to our endorsed candidates joining GOPAC Advisory Board Member Libby Szabo and GOPAC Emerging Leaders Polly Lawrence, Clarice Navarro-Ratzlaff and Dan Nordberg to advance our common cause,” said GOPAC Chairman Frank Donatelli.
GOPAC’s endorsement includes each candidate receiving the maximum allowable contribution from GOPAC-Colorado. The organization will also consider promoting them through independent expenditures that will exclusively tout their biographies and ideas they are championing to increase job creation in Colorado. In addition, GOPAC members and followers will be encouraged to donate directly to each candidate. GOPAC is also supporting the Colorado Leadership Fund in its efforts to elect House Republican candidates.
The Colorado House now joins the West Virginia House, New Mexico House and Kentucky House in GOPAC’s 2014 rankings of the best opportunities for Republicans to gain majority control in state House Chambers.
CACI (Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry)
7-30-2014: Last week I received some exciting news that I wanted to share with you. I have been endorsed again by the state’s chamber of commerce, the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry (CACI)! CACI is the respected business organization that represents most of the top businesses in our state.
I was proud to earn their endorsement two years ago when I first ran to represent you in the legislature. To earn their endorsement for a second time is truly humbling.
CCJL (Colorado Civil Justice League)
Dear Representative Navarro,
On behalf of the Colorado Civil Justice League, the state's tort reform coalition, I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for your support during the 2014 legislative session.
Your votes during the past session to limit lawsuit abuse show you understand that Colorado businesses need predictable and balanced courts and that companies looking to invest or bring jobs to Colorado pay attention to our state's legal climate.
To honor your commitment to ending lawsuit abuse in Colorado, the CCJL is pleased to award to you our "Common Sense in the Courtroom" Award for 2014.
FOP (Colorado Fraternal Order of Police)
Colorado Fraternal Order of Police
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To the Citizens of Colorado State House District 47,
As the largest law enforcement organization in both Colorado and the United States, representing several thousand sworn law enforcement officers in the state, the Colorado Fraternal Order of Police is proud to support and endorse Clarice Navarro-Ratzlaff for election to State House District 47. Clarice views the position of State Representative very seriously and will work for effective policies that benefit business, workers, and families. Her willingness to carry out new ideas to solve recurring problems is a fresh approach to the old way of doing business in Colorado politics.
Clarice Navarro-Ratzlaff possesses strong leadership skills and understands the importance of promoting effective public safety solutions in Colorado. Clarice is a key member of the House Local Government Committee dealing with numerous complex issues important to Colorado’s citizens. Clarice understands the issues surrounding public safety and the problems faced daily by line officers. She values the men and women who work every day to keep Colorado’s communities safe. There is no question that she truly values the many challenges and unique needs of today’s public safety professional. In our business unconditional trust and credibility is everything, and Clarice Navarro-Ratzlaff brings plenty of both to the legislature.
Clarice recognizes the need to work hard to bridge the gap between the parties and work towards common sense solutions that will help our state. Her respect, open access, and willingness to listen to the issues affecting Colorado set her apart from many elected officials. Clarice recognizes that on many major issues the community bond with its government is an absolute necessity. She will do the best job she can in representing the interests of the citizens of Colorado and her District.
Electing the right person to serve as a State Representative is a serious responsibility. One that is tremendously important to the citizens of Colorado. Clarice Navarro-Ratzlaff’s history of commitment to public service and fairness has earned her this valuable endorsement. The Colorado Fraternal Order of Police believes Clarice Navarro-Ratzlaff undoubtedly is the best candidate for this office to lead Colorado into a new era and at the same time resolve the serious issues facing our great state.
Michael J Violette
Executive Director Colorado State Lodge
Fraternal Order of Police
- Colorado Dental Association
- Colorado Contractor's Association
- Rocky Mountain Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors
- Pueblo Home Builders
- Mountain West Credit Union Association
Denver Post, October 20, 2012 (emphasis added):
House District 47: Republican Clarice Navarro-Ratzlaff has dubbed herself the pro-business — and particularly small-business — candidate, and no wonder: the southeast Colorado native started her own business with her husband and can tick off a number of relatives who run small businesses as well.
Her Democratic opponent, Chuck Rodosevich, is a capable candidate in his own right with experience in state government, but we think Navarro-Ratzlaff would bring a needed perspective to the statehouse.
Pueblo Chieftain, October 10, 2012 (emphasis added):
Representative District 47. Seeking this seat are Chuck Rodosevich, a Democrat, and Clarice Navarro-Ratzlaff.
Mr. Rodosevich, a former head of employment for the state Department of Human Services, stresses his years of experience dealing with the Legislature as an asset. Mrs. Navarro-Ratzlaff underlined her experience on Las Animas City Council, being a teacher, and most recently, working for U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo. She is pro business and has a good sense for this region.
Thus we urge voters in District 47 to vote for Clarice Navarro-Ratzlaff.
See it at the Chieftain site.
- CO Association of Commerce & Industry (Colorado Chamber of Commerce)
"Clarice Navarro-Ratzlaff brings the experience needed to be a State Representative for House District 47 because of her public service on City Council and commitment to protecting the interests of small business through her work with the local chamber of commerce. CACI believes Clarice will be a terrific State Representative on behalf of House District 47.”
~Chuck Berry, President, Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry
- Colorado Petroleum Association
- Colorado Contractors Association
- Colorado Dental Association
- Colorado Association of Distributors
- Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Colorado
- Colorado Restaurant Association
- Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association
- Colorado Apartment Association
- Colorado Rural Electric Association
- Colorado Association of Realtors
- Colorado Chiropractors Association
- Colorado Bankers Association
- Colorado Medical Society
- Colorado Society of CPA's
- **NRA - National Rifle Association**
- Anne Vinnola
- State Senator Ken Kester
- State Representative Keith Swerdfeger
- ... and many more!
They understand that
Clarice Navarro-Ratzlaff is the
candidate in this race!!!!