Saturday, October 27, 2018

Nicki's 2nd Campaign Video

Vail Daily Letter - Take A Look inside Nicki's Opponent's Money Machine

This picture is part of a larger pattern in the Roberts [Nicki's Opponent] campaign. More than 65 percent of his contributions come from outside our district. And of those, 17 percent come from outside the state. When someone or some political action committee from California or New York or Washington, D.C., writes Roberts a check, are they weighing how well he will represent voters in our district or how well he will represent their views?
In the 1976 movie "All the President's Men," one of its most famous lines was "follow the money."
When it comes to political campaigns, that line is as true today as it was then.

Two basic reasons guide donations to political campaigns. One is to buy favor — someone wants something for the contribution. This, of course, happens, although we don't believe that most candidates or office holders are so easily bought. The second is to support a person you already know will support your ideals, beliefs or interests. This kind of support is both smart and ethical. Campaigns are not cheap, and all candidates need to raise money.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Vail Daily - Letter: Nicki Serves Others with New Ideas and Experience

Voters in Eagle County are about to make an important decision about their representative to state government. I am the former husband and still best friend of Nicki Mills, who is running for state representative in Eagle and Routt counties. I know Nicki as well as anyone.

I was asked why I think Nicki is running for office; my response was, "It is in her DNA."

Nicki and her family have been public servants for as long as anyone can remember. Besides being a great mom to our sons, Nicki has always given back to her community. She co-founded a Montessori school for our boys, frequently served as a volunteer and is active in her church. What many people don't know is that when she received a call in the middle of the night to go help families being evacuated due to a wildfire, she jumped in her car and went to their aid. Nicki's instincts are to serve others.

I heard her answer to why she is running for State Representative. She stated: "Because I care," and that is her truth.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Vail Daily Letter - Nicki Will Make a Difference

I'm writing to support Nicki Mills for State Representative. She is a mom, a businesswoman and a community volunteer with significant life experience needed by an elected representative. She is an outdoorswoman and conservationist. Nicki is not a career politician. She is driven by her compassion for her friends and neighbors throughout Eagle and Routt counties.
Nicki is determined to make a difference. She will work tirelessly to reduce the cost of health care, find solutions for affordable housing and commit herself to improving educational outcomes. Health care cost in these counties is the highest in the United StatesOnly 40 percent of children meet educational expectations of educators. The lack of affordable housing is starving these communities of needed workers. Nicki will also defend existing taxpayer rights and the Second Amendment.

Vail Daily; Letter to Editor; Support for Nicki from Doug Fugate

Hi, I want to write to support Nicki Mills for the office of state representative for Eagle and Routt counties. Nicki has been a hard-working public servant her whole life.

Nicki is honest, reliable and willing to work the long hours needed to represent us. She is not a career politician, unlike her opponent. Nicki believes that we must do better, and Nicki will do better. Nicki is the best choice to be our next State Representative for House District 26.

Doug Fugate - Minturn

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Vail Daily Article; Following The Money

By Randy Wyrick
October 16, 2018

Following the Money

In article today in the Vail Daily, readers are informed about the substantial funds raised by Nicki's opponent. Nicki has publicly questioned where his loyalties are when so much money has been donated to him from special interests and outside the district. Here is an excerpt of the entire article:

Democrat Dylan Roberts has already raised more than $78,296, compared to $13,717 for Nicki Mills, his Republican opponent for Colorado House District 26, Eagle and Routt counties, according to Colorado Secretary of State records.

In a forum at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards Thursday evening, Oct. 11, Mills asserted that more than 60 percent of Roberts' campaign contributions come from outside Eagle and Routt counties.

Mills mentioned the attorneys' contributions to Roberts' campaign when answering a question about health care costs in the region and litigation's part in those skyrocketing costs. Among Roberts' contributors are Denver attorneys Frank Azar and Michael Sawaya, according to Colorado Secretary of State campaign records. "If you want to know where a politician really stands on issues, take a look at who is funding their campaigns," Mills said.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Vail Daily Coverage - Forum; "Taxpayers Have Rights"

Nicki continues to get favorable press coverage of her campaign. In every event, Nicki comes out strong. Here is an excerpt from the article today in the Vail Daily written by Randy Wyrick.


Republican Nicki Mills said she lives with the same struggles we all do — earning a living in an area with such a high cost of living. She said her priorities in the statehouse will be, "What I've learned campaigning door to door."

Democrat Dylan Roberts grew up in Steamboat Springs and works in Eagle as a deputy district attorney. "It is an honor to serve the communities where I grew up and live in now," he said.

Campaign donors: Mills took a couple of shots at Roberts' campaign donors, saying 65 percent of Roberts' campaign funding is from outside the district, including large Denver law firms.

Health care costs: Health care providers defending themselves against the cases those law firms bring are among the causes for our area's skyrocketing health insurance costs, Mills said. Both agreed that more competition would help control health insurance costs. Mills suggested allowing insurance companies to compete across state lines. She also advocated for multi-employer health plans such as the one sponsored by the Vail Valley Partnership. Roberts pushed six bills through the legislature as a rookie in last year's session. Several took aim at the area's health care costs, including HB 1384, which would bring more competition to the health insurance market by providing a public option, as well as co-op health insurance plans. He also championed HB 1009, designed to rein in "egregious prescription drug prices."

Friday, October 12, 2018

Vail Daily: Only 40 percent of Colorado third-graders are reading at grade level

We can do better. We must do better. We cannot have 60% of our kids failing in school. Read the article by Joyce Rankin in the Vail Daily.

"The Colorado Measurement of Academic Success English language arts scores for third-graders show that only 40 percent are reading at grade level. Research has shown that students who cannot read by the end of the third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school. And according to the National Adult Literacy Survey, 70 percent of all incarcerated adults cannot read at the fourth-grade level. They lack reading skills necessary to hold down anything but lower-paying jobs......... 
With the release of the 2018 Colorado test scores in English language arts, we found that 40 percent of our third-graders are reading at or above grade level as they exit the third grade. That means 60 percent are not reading at grade level and, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, Colorado mirrors what is happening in the United States and it's been that way since the 1990's."

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Vail Daily Article: Nicki Mills has Servant Heart

AVON — Nicki Mills has knocked on thousands of doors and shaken tens of thousands of hands introducing herself.

"Hi, I'm Nicki Mills and I want to serve you in Colorado's state legislature," she has said dozens of times a day, every day, since June when she jumped into the race for Colorado's House District 26.

Mills, a Republican, said it's not enough to represent Eagle and Routt counties in Colorado's House of Representatives.

"I want to serve the people of House District 26," Mills said. "My heart truly is a servant's heart. I'm going to be their heart, their eyes and voice."

Click on link to read rest of article - Click here to see the Article in Vail Daily.

Vail Daily; Letter Supporting Nicki as a Strong Republican Who Cares

Nicki continues to get strong endorsements from those that get to know her as a candidate. A recent letter to editor in the Vail Daily endorses Nicki and the "Strong Slate of Republicans." An excerpt follows:

"With such an important election fast approaching, I couldn't be more thrilled with the candidates we have for our local races....... 
...... Next is Nicki Mills, candidate for House District 26, which includes Eagle and Routt counties. Nicki has a heritage of community service. Her mother is a nurse and runs a food bank in Minnesota started by her grandmother; her dad just retired from 30 years as a volunteer fireman, 11 as chief. 
But what's that say about Nicki? As a mother of two sons, she is committed to strong family values and the need for elected representatives to be responsive to their constituents. She has prioritized housing and health care as issues that need to be addressed to solve two problems facing House District 26."

To see the entire letter to editor, click on this link.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

The "Complete Colorado" News Site Published Article on Nicki

The Complete Colorado — Nicki Mills grew up in a small northern Minnesota town, working the food bank alongside her grandmother, mother and aunt and hanging out in the deer stand every hunting season. She founded a K-8 Montessori School and worked in the coal industry.

Now she is running as the Republican candidate for House District 26, which represents Eagle and Routt counties in the mountains around Steamboat Springs and Vail.

Mills laments that when she looks at what’s happening to Colorado, the state she loves and has called home since 2008, she is at a loss for words.

“I’m sick and tired of going to my friends’ going away parties because they can’t afford to live here because of the high cost of housing and healthcare,” Mills said. “That is really sad, and it’s one of the driving forces, and why I hope to make a difference.

She is facing Dylan Roberts, who was appointed to the seat in Oct. 2017 to replace Diane Mitsch Bush, a Democrat who is running for U.S. Congress.

Mills believes her maturity and life experiences are better equipped to cross party lines and get the work done.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Endorsement: Colorado Women's Alliance Endorses Nicki

Nicki Mills has been endorsed by the Colorado Women's Alliance. Nicki received the endorsement today. Quoting from their letter:

The Colorado Women’s Alliance is pleased to announce its endorsement of Nicki Mills for the House District 26 seat in the Colorado Legislature. Mills has taken to heart the issues that have been identified as those that matter most to women in the State of Colorado, particularly in Routt and Eagle counties. Her positions present resolution to many of those issues. Nicki Mills dedication is unsurpassed and we feel that the constituents of HD 26 would benefit from her leadership.

Joni Inman
Executive Director
Colorado Women's Alliance

Friday, September 21, 2018

Nicki was on KZYR with Chris Romer - Listen Here

Here is the video / audio of the interview.

Vail Valley Partnership - Nicki's Answers to Questionnaire

The Vail Valley Partnership invited candidates to submit written answers to a series of questions that are important to the Members of the Partnership. Find Nicki's answers here << Click on this link.

Nicki was interviewed by Chris Romer, President of the Vail Valley Partnership, on his radio show "Partnership Perspectives" on KZYR. Watch for future posts that will include the interview.

Nicki will also be a forum presenter for local candidates on Thursday October 9, 2018. Details will be posted shortly. The forum is sponsored by the Vail Daily, the Vail Valley Partnership and the Vail Board of Realtors.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Vail Daily - Letter to the Editor; Elect Nicki to do Extraordinary Things

By Judy Douglas

Former President Barack Obama once said,

"A change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things." 

Nicki Mills is an ordinary person, just like you and me, and someone capable of extraordinary things. She is not a career politician but, rather, a self-employed mother of two who cares about her community and would like to do her part to make it a better place to live.

If elected to the Colorado House of Representatives, Nicki is willing to dig in and address the issues that affect ordinary people in Eagle and Routt counties. These include the high cost of living, the lack of affordable housing, expensive health care, escalating taxes and protecting personal rights. She loves Colorado and is dedicated to making it the best it can be.

Nicki will bring a breath of fresh air into the local political arena. What she lacks in pure political experience she can make up with passion, boundless energy and new ways of looking at old problems … thinking out of the box. She has had local and international experience helping others and comes from a family dedicated to community service.

Nicki cares about people like you and me and will work with all other constituents and legislators (Republicans, Democrats and those who are unaffiliated) to see that we as citizens are treated equally and given a fair shake. What more can we ask?

Let's give Nicki, an ordinary person, the chance to become extraordinary. Please vote for Nicki Mills for State Representative.

For the online letter to the editor, click here.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Vail Daily: Letter to Editor - Elect Caring & Compassionate Person

By Craig Hanzelka

We have an opportunity this fall to elect a different kind of representative to the state legislature. Please consider voting for my friend Nicki Mills.

Nicki is one of the most caring and compassionate people I know. She has many friends with families and wants to make a difference in their lives. Several of our friends had to move away from our mountains due to the high cost of living and low incomes. I know she will focus on improving education in Eagle County and lowering the cost of health care and housing.

Nicki Mills is not a career politician. She is not a lawyer. She's a mom, she's a community volunteer, and it is second nature for her to serve others. She believes that we must do better. Nicki can do better. Nicki will do better.

Please get to know Nicki and vote for her as state representative from Eagle and Routt counties in the November election.

Nicki Supports the Second Amendment

In the recent Club 20 Debate in Grand Junction, Nicki asked her opponent about the 2nd Amendment and commented on her views. Nicki is a strong defender of the 2nd Amendment. 

She has been a hunter since a young age. She learned to field dress deer and elk, and, worked as a researcher for the Department of Natural Resources in MN. 

As a mom, she too is concerned about gun violence but does not believe limiting gun rights of law abiding citizens will make anyone more safe. She does want to see stronger physical safeguards in schools to protect children.

Nicki has asked for the support of gun rights organizations. She is a member of the NRA and is supported by several local gun shop owners. Nicki also knows what "AR 15" means. She knows it is merely a semi-automatic rifle like many others. 

Friday, August 31, 2018

Nicki Believes We Must Do Better with Education

We Must Do Better - Education
Nicki Mills will work to improve education in Routt and Eagle County schools.

A recent recent Vail Daily Article re Test Scores showed that too many kids in our schools are not meeting expectations for achievement. Education is so important for economic prosperity. The article noted:

  • English language arts: 42.5 percent met or exceeded expectations versus 42.7 percent in 2017 (down 0.2 percent).
  • Math: 26.9 percent met or exceeded expectations versus 26.6 percent in 2017 (up 0.3 percent).

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Steve House Talks about Energy, Environment & Conservatives

Nicki believes that alternative energy sources are good for Colorado and the nation. She will advocate to balance the appeal of wind and solar energy with a view towards preserving good paying jobs and prosperity for workers. Nicki is a conservationist that wants to protect the environment and promote economic vitality in Colorado. The following article from Mr. House discusses a thoughtful view of energy and the environment.

By Steve House*

What's on my mind today; Facebook asks when I open it up. The answer is the energy industry and two conversations I had yesterday. The first was with a more liberal friend of mine and the other a conservative.

Energy is a very big part of our economy in Colorado and has a big impact on our citizens who use it. We should have a continuous healthy debate about energy here for as far into the future as we can see because it is so important.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Bob Rankin Endorses Nicki Mills

By Bob Rankin*

I am pleased that Nicki Mills is a candidate for District 26. When I met Nicki, I found her to be a genuine, caring and thoughtful candidate. The voters of District 26, which include Routt and Eagle Counties, deserve a representative like Nicki in the Colorado House of Representatives.

Nicki‘s life experience and intellect will be important to improving the lives of Colorado residents. I know she cares about education, lowering the cost of health care and protecting public lands. She will defend her constituents rights and public lands. She will work to keep taxes low and defend your rights.

Nicki is a mom and a Christian. She cares deeply about Colorado families. She comes from a family that taught her by example the real value of community service. Her father was a firefighter and mother is a nurse and runs a food bank. It is in Nicki’s DNA to help others.

Colorado needs more elected representatives that are dedicated to others and not their political careers. Nicki is not a career politician nor is she seeking her next elected office. She simply wants to make a difference in the lives of others. Nicki will use her wisdom and intellect to look at the issues through the eyes of her constituents.

Nicki has my wholehearted support and endorsement to be elected as State Representative for District 26 from Routt and Eagle Counties. She is a serious candidate and has an excellent chance to be elected to this seat. Please get to know Nicki and vote for her in the November election.

Bob Rankin is the elected Representative for District 57 which includes Garfield, Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties. Representative Rankin is a Member of the Joint Budget Committee of the Colorado General Assembly.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Statement: Rest In Peace - John McCain

Statement from Nicki Mills on the Passing of 
US Senator John McCain

I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of US Senator John McCain. He has been an inspiration to so many. As someone new to politics, I will aspire to the standard that he set. As a mom, I most appreciate his devotion to his faith and family. One of my favorite quotes of John McCain is:

“Glory belongs to the act of being constant to something greater than yourself, to a cause, to your principles, to the people on whom you rely and who rely on you.”

My deepest sympathies to John McCain’s family, friends and the many Americans that he brilliantly fought for.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Vail Daily: Letter to Editor "Nicki is a Wonderful, Compassionate and No-Nonsense Public Servant"

By Dana S. Fragakis
Edwards, Colorado
August 11, 2018

My name is Dana S. Fragakis, and I have lived in Edwards for some time now. I feel the need to introduce you and all of my neighbors in Eagle and Routt counties to Nicki Mills, who is running to represent us in our Colorado State House.

I have witnessed firsthand how Nicki has committed to serving us. Nicki is a most wonderful, compassionate and determined no-nonsense, common-sense public servant who is committed to bringing her passion for conserving, while improving, our mountain communities, to the State House. I strongly believe in Nicki's ability to represent us and the best interests of our neighborhoods and residents.

I have learned that Nicki is the daughter of a dedicated public servant, who learned common sense from the very best — her father. Nicki is the loving mother of two who has committed her time, energy and life to the health, wellness and prosperity of our residents. Nicki is not a politician, nor is she a politician on the rise to a higher office. Nicki truly cares about our families, friends and neighbors in Eagle and Routt counties.

I am confident that Nicki will bring a fresh and new perspective to the State House. Nicki will be the people's representative.

For a link to the article on the Vail Daily Website, click here.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Nicki Speaks Out in Favor of Respect in Politics

By Nicki Mills

I am a conservationist. I believe in protecting our public lands while balancing the important interests of our families and businesses.

I am proud that I am not a professional politician. Some politicians prefer to attack ideas that they don't agree with. My grandmother, who was one of my role models for public service, often said: "you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar." Don't we need more honey and less vinegar in politics?

Energy production is the largest source of jobs in Colorado. Responsible management of public lands is very important. Those that oppose all activity on public lands are in effect calling for reduced prosperity for Colorado families and businesses. If elected, I will promote prosperity, not oppose it.

USA Today; "Fix Weakness in Our Schools Security"

Andrew Pollack knows first hand the pain of losing a child. Every day when I drop my boys off at school, I want to know that I can pick them up after school. We can make schools safe now. And we must. Please read this article from USA Today which is excerpted below. I will support safe schools policies to protect our kids. - Nicki Mills
"We can't let disagreement in the halls of our state legislatures, Congress, school boards, sidewalks or local communities divide us and prevent us from getting done the reforms we know we can agree on. We can fix the weaknesses in our schools' security with practical changes in the short term, while the more contentious issues surrounding firearm policy play out over the long term. There are basic, important and life-protecting policies we can enact right now to fix the problem of violence in our schools." - Andrew Pollack

Friday, August 10, 2018

Colorado Secretary of State - Wayne Williams - Transcends Party Politics

Secretary of State Wayne Williams’ accomplishments transcend partisan politics. Observers across the political spectrum point to Williams’ office as THE national model for election security.

Back in May, the Washington Post published an article called “How Colorado became the safest state to cast a vote.” One expert said, “Colorado is certainly hitting all the high points that we’ve been arguing others should…. It’s hard to compare states apples-to-apples because they’re so different, but Colorado has really been a leader.”

Mental Health Survey of Vail Valley Children

Nicki cares deeply about mental health for kids and adults. This survey has important information about how kids are coping with challenges. It is so important that adults connect with kids and provide a trusted adult when they need someone to listen. Take a moment to read this article. Please comment below.

Vail Daily Article on Mental Health of Eagle Valley Kids - click here

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Nicki Wants to Hear From You; About Health Care in Colorado

Nicki would like hear from voters on the following questions?
  • Do you think the state should provide health care at the expense of money being made available for education and transportation? 
  • Do you think Colorado Taxpayers should pay more taxes to cover additional education and transportation costs? 
  • Do Colorado Taxpayers already pay enough taxes? 
  • Should the State of Colorado live within the means (taxes) that it collects? Like families do?
Please leave a comment below.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Nicki Visits with Sheriff Van Beek at Eagle County Fair

Sheriff James Van Beek has been a great leader for the County and one of my first supporters;. Thank you James for all of your encouragement.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Nicki Attends Meeting Re Alternative Uses of Coal

Nicki outside CMC - Steamboat
Nicki attended a community presentation on the alternative uses of coal at CMC Steamboat Springs. Professor of Chemistry Eric Eddings, University of Utah, discussed research being done on various technologies being explored. Coal is a great source of carbon and the evolution of coal based carbon fiber could be significant to the coal extraction industry in Routt County and Colorado. Many of these new coal technologies do not increase carbon dioxide emissions.