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Colorado Ballot Initiative Information Session and Debate

  • UCCS Centennial 188 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway Colorado Springs, CO, 80918 United States (map)

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Government and the Individual

Featuring Expert Speakers on Amendment 74 and Proposition 112, moderated by Dr. Joshua Dunn, Chair of UCCS Political Science Department.

Free parking in lot 224 from 4:30-7:30.

Join us for a debate on two controversial issues on the November ballot.

Amendment 74 -

Requires just compensation when a local or state government law or regulation causes any reduction in the fair market value of private property.

o   Proponent: Shawn Martini, Colorado Farm Bureau

o   Opponent: Rick Ridder, No on 74 Campaign


Proposition 112

Would create a mandatory 2,500-foot setback between new oil and gas development and homes, schools, occupied buildings and water sources.

o   Proponent: Heidi Henkel, Colorado Rising

o   Opponent: Chad Calvert, Noble Energy


Shawn Martini

As the Vice President of Advocacy for the Colorado Farm Bureau, Shawn Martini works to cultivate relationships with community, political and business leaders to achieve CFB's public policy goals. Shawn previously worked as a consultant in communications and issue advocacy in Houston, TX and in Colorado. He comes from a diversified agriculture background and graduated with degrees in agriculture and communications from both Northeastern Junior College and Metropolitan State University of Denver.


Rick Ridder

Rick Ridder is President and Co-Founder of RBI Strategies and Research. A former presidential campaign manager and a senior consultant for six other presidential campaigns, Rick has consulted for numerous U.S. Congressional, gubernatorial, and state and local initiative campaigns. Internationally, he has worked in over 22 nations including the successful campaigns of seven heads of state.  He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies.


Heidi Henkel

Heidi Henkel is a Colorado native and an impacted resident of Oil and Gas, after Broomfield approved an unprecedented 84 wells in nearby open space adjacent to homes, schools, and a future drinking water reservoir. Heidi has founded a group called the Broomfield Mom’s Active Community, which has over 250 members. This group strives to protect our most vulnerable populations, by utilizing non-partisan political action, and the highest priority is our schools and the children that attend. She volunteers most of her time with Colorado Rising which will give common sense 2,500 foots setbacks for oil and gas. She attends nearly every city council meeting, COGCC hearing, and legislative hearings for Oil and Gas. She has become an integral part, and acting as a steady voice, for impacted residents both in the Broomfield area and across the state. She meets regularly with elected officials to share stories of impacted residents and raise awareness of inequity within the current law structure. She provides influence and avenues for elected officials to pursue, in order to protect their citizens, and elevate Health & Safety above Oil & Gas operations. Heidi has debated COGA, and the Colorado Petroleum Council on Colorado Public Television and the Aaron Haber Show.

Heidi grew up in an under resourced home, with her single mother and older brother. She went on to attend Baylor University and Colorado State University. She graduated with a B.S. in Biological Sciences, and earned her Secondary Science Teaching degree from CSU. She continued on to teach high school science and math, while traveling the U.S. with her husband who served as an Army Officer. After her husband returned from Afghanistan, they decided that Colorado was their home, and moved back 11 years ago to Broomfield. Heidi owned her own math tutoring business for 10 years, and then became the Director of Communications for Discovery Christian Church for 6 years.


Chad Calvert

Chad Calvert is the Manager of Government Relations and External Affairs for Noble Energy in Denver.  He is responsible for working with local, state and federal officials on legislative and regulatory policy, as well as managing Noble's Colorado community and stakeholder relations team.  Chad grew up in Wyoming, has an economics degree from Georgetown University, and a law degree from George Mason University, in Arlington, VA.  In Washington DC, he worked in the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives and as a political appointee at the U.S. Department of the Interior.  He has spent the past 10 years working in Colorado's oil and natural gas industry.

He currently lives in Monument, Colorado, with his wife and two children.