KENNEDY: When I was a kid growing up here, my family lived in Evergreen for a while and then we moved down to Denver. There were about half as many people in the state. I have watched Colorado's population double just in my lifetime, and so growth has been an issue in our state for decades. I learned to drive here in Colorado when I was 16, and I remember how long it took me to get certain distances and you have to double that today, so it is having a real impact on all of us and we lose time with our families when we are stuck sitting in traffic. Now if the forecasters are right, Colorado's population is going to double again. It will double again before my teenagers are my age. This is the most significant issue affecting the next governor of this state. We're not going to be able to stop the growth, but what we can do is make sure that we're smart about it.