Brianna Buentello, Democratic candidate for Colorado House District 47, has been seen at many public gatherings in the La Junta area, including the Otero Museum Wine Tasting and the monthly Democratic meetings in Crowley and Otero counties.
Brianna Buentello, Democratic candidate for Colorado House District 47, has been seen at many public gatherings in the La Junta area, including the Otero Museum Wine Tasting and the monthly Democratic meetings in Crowley and Otero counties. On Monday morning, she was hostess for a coffee at La Junta City Park and also got acquainted with the mayor and other city officials at The Barista.
Buentello is a young woman with a mission. Asked about her legislative agenda if elected as a representative for Colorado House District 47, she said her priorities are water, infrastructure and education. She does not see why it is necessary for citizens to advocate to the legislature for clean drinking water, when it should be a given for citizens of Colorado. She said Colorado Springs has caused a problem and should clean it up. She sees the multiple filtration processes as an undue expense on agriculture. She will work for completion of the conduit, which would alleviate many problems with clean drinking water in the southeastern Colorado area.
Buentello believes the people of rural Colorado are neglected in the infrastructure area of roads, which the farmers need to get their produce to market. Rural roads are definitely not a priority in the state. Also, public education in rural areas is not given proper attention at the state level. This is a matter of primary importance to Bri, a teacher who sees the result of state neglect daily in her job.
Who is Brianna Buentello?
Brianna A. Buentello (Bri) is a wife, mother and teacher. She is running for the Colorado House of Representatives, District 47 (CO-HD47), which comprises over 2,500 square miles of southern Colorado, because, in her own words, she’s “tired of people in Denver forgetting the state line extends past El Paso County.”
A dedicated educator, Bri holds a Bachelor of Science in history and political science from Northern Michigan University and is pursuing a Master of Science in special education, adaptive learning from Fort Hays State University. Currently, Bri is a teacher at Pueblo East High School where she has taught American Government, World History and Economics. In fall 2017, she will return to the special education classroom.
A daughter of United States Marine Corps parents, Bri believes in traditional blue collar values — faith, hard work, respect and self-reliance. She’s troubled by the opportunity gaps she sees in public education, as well as what she sees as a “culture of entitlement” in today’s society. As a state representative, Bri will fight to make sure government is providing a hand up, not a hand out.
Married to a former U.S. Army captain (Nicholas) who did two tours of duty overseas, Bri has a special place in her heart for veterans and families of veterans. Given her deeply personal experience with veterans and veterans issues, Bri will be a fierce advocate for those who have served and their families.
Bri is the proud mother to her son, Noel. Bri says, “Noel is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me.” Noel has some special needs, and because of the hard work and the dedication of his parents, he is thriving. This experience has had a profound impact on Bri and has made her a fighter for kids and their families.
Being a mother and educator, Buentello believes that all people deserve a chance to achieve their God given potential. As state representative for House District 47 she will fight to make sure everyone in southeastern Colorado has the same resources and opportunity as people in Denver.
Bri was appointed by Pueblo City Council to the Pueblo Human Relations Commission where she works to ensure that the city hears the needs of its most vulnerable residents. A family of faith, Bri, Nick and Noel are active members of the Holy Family Parish in Pueblo.
In her spare time Bri enjoys spending time with family and friends, working on the family home, cooking, being outdoors — hunting, fishing , off-roading, skiing and doing “the million and one things there are to do in southern Colorado.”