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 of over 2,500 square miles and just over 75,000 citizens in Southern Colorado. Bri is running 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 Masters of Special Education from Fort Hays State University. Currently, Bri is a teacher at East High School in Pueblo 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 was raised to value faith, hard work, respect and self-reliance. She’s troubled by the opportunity gaps she sees in public education, and the inability of many working people to get ahead in today's world. As a State Representative, Bri will fight to make sure government is providing a hand up, not a hand out.
Married to a former US 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.” Working alongside dedicated professionals who serve children with special needs, Bri has learned first hand the importance of providing children with special needs the services they need. She will ensure that the thousands of families with special needs children are given the help they need.
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.”
Who better to understand what makes a successful education system other than a classroom teacher?
Bri will bring her knowledge of education to the Legislature and fight to makes sure every school district in House District 47 get its fair share of resources. Recruiting and retaining teachers is critical to educational success. Bri will work to develop strategies to assist school district in this endeavor. Believing--Every child is special and deserves a chance education policy and equal education funding for all kids, not just Denver kids, will be a top priority for Bri Buentello.
Bri believes that in order to create jobs you must have a quality school system and good health care options. Working on those two issues will help generate economic development opportunities in House District 47. Promoting policies that foster partnerships between schools, junior colleges, institutions of higher education and private business will be a cornerstone of Bri’s approach to economic development. In addition to working on creating new jobs, Bri Buentello will do everything she can to protect and promote the existing businesses and industries in House District 47.
A daughter of two United States Marines and a wife of a United States Army Captain Bri Buentello understands and appreciates veteran issues. She knows, first hand, how important access to services is for veterans and their families. She will never forget our veterans and will honor their sacrifices with untiring work.
Access to quality, affordable health care is a principal Bri believes strongly in. Despite the uncertainly, at the national level, regarding health as a State Representative, Bri will fight to makes sure our rural hospitals stay open; programs are put in place that encourage doctors and nurses to work in rural Colorado and that consumers have more than one choice of insurance providers.
In addition to being a defining characteristic of House District 47 agriculture is a major contributor to Colorado’s economy. Bri will work hard to promote the agriculture industry and guard against unnecessary government intrusion into this vital sector of the economy. She will be an advocate for the farming and ranching families of Pueblo ,Otero and Fremont counties and develop ideas, partnerships and policies that help protect and enhance this unique but important way of life.
Water is the lifeblood of Southern Colorado and House District 47. Bri will work with existing agencies, farmers, ranchers and communities to keep water in the Lower Arkansas Valley. In addition to keeping the water on the land Bri believes the quality of the water must be protected. She proudly stands with Pueblo County and the Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District in its lawsuit against Colorado Springs over the water quality of Fountain Creek.