Editor’s note: The Collegian published an interview with Ray
Martinez on Tuesday that was taken from his Web site and attributed
to Brian Park. The following is a transcript of the actual
Ray Martinez is the Republican candidate running for the State
Senate in District 14 against Democratic candidate Bob Bacon and
Libertarian candidate Mark Brophy.
Democrat Peggy Reeves holds the seat, but she is stepping down
because she of term limits.
Martinez was born in Grand Junction and now resides in Fort
Collins. He graduated from Aims Community College in 1986 with an
Associate’s Degree in Social Justice.
Martinez is currently the mayor of Fort Collins. This is his
third term as mayor and he will step down in April 2005 due to
He ran for the City Council District 3 seat in 1997 and lost.
Martinez served three years in the United States Army before
joining Fort Collins Police Services in 1974. Martinez was
appointed Sergeant in 1982 and retired in 1996. He has also written
Q: What is the most important issue you want to address as
Election Day draws nearer?
A: … most important issue facing Coloradans right now, even
though I don’t think Coloradans fully understand it, is TABOR and
Amendment 23 because overall they’re affecting the budget. I think
the biggest things are higher education, transportation, our water
supply, jobs and the economy. One is not more important than the
other because they all intertwine, they intermix and one affects
the other. You’ve got to have to be able to move commerce in order
to create business and new jobs. You’ve got to have water to be
able to build. You’ve got to have enough reservoirs for expansion
or you can’t build anymore.
Q: Another big issue of this election is health care. What can
you do to help people of this community and Colorado get access to
A: I think we have got to be able to promote and allow more
personal health savings accounts.
Q: How can you help preserve the natural beauty of Colorado and
what are your policies on the environment?
A: I’m all in favor of it but it has to be cost effective. It
can be a burden to the homeowner. For example we’re trying to get
renewable energy (Amendment 37) but how much does it cost to get
that renewable energy. Great idea, great concept, and I believe
that we need it and I’ve always endorsed it… but in Fort Collins
we were the first to start wind energy in the state of Colorado. We
got 10 wind turbines in Wyoming… I’m very much in favor of trying
to provide benefits to companies who can create renewable energy or
save energy… we’re definitely into the Clean Air Act and I think
we do better than most places in Colorado.
Q: How do you feel about the “Ray Likes To Travel” commercials
and pamphlets that have been showing and distributed lately?
A: (They’re) totally blown out of proportion, which is very
typical. The opponents want them blown out of proportion. There is
no truth, no merit to them. Trips that I take, first of all I’m
supposed to sell the city to other cities, other companies and
other organizations to make sure we’re on the map in Fort Collins
and we’ve done it. Here’s an example, some of the comments they
made we’re about running up a bar tab, OK, at a bar. If you fly in
on a late flight and the restaurant is closed at nine o’clock or 10
o’clock you have to eat at the bar, it’s the only place where you
can eat. And that’s usually where I get a late dinner from if I
come in on a late flight. So that’s the bar tab part. The mini-bar
they’re talking about, I go out for a jog, I come back in, shower
up and grab a bottle of water or bottle of orange juice. It’s lead
to believe that I’m sitting in my room drinking and that’s not the
case. The spa that they’re talking about is running on a treadmill.
Now a couple of times I admit I think that must have got mis-billed
or something because I usually pay for those things… that’s what
that is, it’s not getting a massage and all these things they
mislead the reader to believe… yes, the trips are worth (the
money spent), yes, they’re needed, yes, you bring ideas back that
help our city and the people here… I have a take home pay of $660
a month. I think I average about $2 an hour from the city of Fort
Collins. It’s not a bad deal for the people; it’s really a good
deal. People think I earn $60,000 a year being the mayor, you
don’t. This is strictly your own energy. So I’m not even making,
what do they call it, minimum wage. I’m barely making that.
Q: Is there anything you’d like to add?
A: … I don’t believe in playing dirty politics. I don’t
believe in lying about the opponent. I don’t believe in making
things up about my opponents. We are not going to be on the attack,
it’s too easy. I have all kinds of things I could attack Bob Bacon
on. We could play that game and I think we could be very damaging.
But we could also get a reputation of leading negative campaigns.
We were committed from the outset when we started this campaign. I
said here’s the rules, the basic rules. We are not going to go on
the attack and we’re going to stick to the issues.