Application for Legislative Commission for Jeff Rice

Contact Information

Full Name

Jeff Rice

Other Names
Jeff Rice

Eligible for commission

ineligible

Party Affiliation

Unafffiliated

Occupation

Newspaper reporter for the Sterling Journal-Advocate.

Educational Background

BA in journalism, MA in English.

Zip Code

80751

Congressional District
4

Background

Past Political Activity

I was briefly involved with the Logan County Democratic Committee back in 2005-2007 and participated in the county assembly.

List of Political and Civic Organizations belonged to

I am on the Session Board of Elders for First Presbyterian Church of Sterling.

Organization and Advocacy Experience

I have no real experience in this area. Although I do write many of my newspaper's editorials, they are actually the positions of the newspaper as a whole. They generally are politically centrist or slightly conservative. I also occasionally write a column for the paper, but it reflects only my personal/professional views, not that of any organization or association.

Statement

I want to make sure rural Colorado, especially the Eastern Plains, get adequate and fair representation in the General Assembly.

Statement on Working with Consensus

I've been a journalist for about 40 years. Contrary to popular opinion, we take pride in our ability to give fair and impartial coverage to our communities. I believe we can compromise on our positions while still adhering to our basic values. Communal living in the 21st century requires each of us to consider how we can accommodate our neighbors' needs while still living a productive and rewarding life.

Relevant Analytic Skills for Commission

My master's thesis was on the role of pathos in successful newspaper editorials. The year of research I did on it also taught me the relevance and necessity of both ethos and logos (authority to speak and logic.) Being a writer for publication, I have extensive experience in digging out facts, analyzing them for relevance and validity, and organizing them into understandable prose.

Demographics

Racial categories the applicant identifies with:
Caucasian
Applicant identifies with the following gender

Male