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Election-related letters

Gilliland for treasurer

Voting in Tuesday’s primary election is crucial. This primary will elect our next Summit County treasurer, because there is no race in the November general election.

Our present county treasurer, Larry Gilliland, is a professional who operates in an office mandated under Colorado State statute. Has a detailed working knowledge of these statutes. Moreover, he is a Certified Public Accountant and licensed cash manager, highly trained to manage the county’s $100- million annual funds.

This is a huge task and one that demands experience. Larry has managed large revenues as controller of Keystone Resort and has served as treasurer for 16 years, so he has earned that vital experience.

I first got to know Larry when he was a computer consultant to businesses where he proved knowledgeable and innovative. As a taxpayer, I have worked regularly and closely with him in the treasurer’s office and have gained first-hand knowledge of his friendly, service-oriented and thorough approach.

The county’s current budget challenge demands a seasoned professional. Join me in supporting Larry Gilliland for his term-limited last four years as treasurer.

Robin Theobald


A vote for Larry

I was employed by the Summit County treasurer’s office for 10 years, during which time Larry Gilliland served as treasurer. During that time I worked as an administrative clerk, bookkeeper and finally as deputy treasurer. I left the county in 1999 when my husband and I started our own business. The treasurer’s office and finance departments work very closely together, therefore I also had the pleasure of working with Mary Ferris for a number of years.

I believe Marty is capable of holding the office of treasurer, however with the turmoil the county is in with its budget, I think the last thing they need is someone new as county treasurer. Larry is knowledgeable in the state statues, and is quite wise when it comes to investing the county’s money.

For several years, we had the lowest turnover of any county department, I believe this was due to Larry’s attitude toward his staff. He has always felt that family comes first and never hesitates to accommodate his staff with scheduling needs. I have always been one to believe the theory change is good, but in this case, I believe knowledge and experience speak for themselves. This will be Larry last term due to term limitations, and in four years we will have no choice but to bring in someone new to the helm, but for the next four years let’s keep the best choice. Vote Larry Gilliland for County Treasurer on Aug. 13

Camille Winston

Dillon Valley

Richardson for coroner

I was surprised to learn there are no minimum education or experience requirements to serve as a coroner in Colorado. While none of us like to think about death, I always assumed those who are responsible for investigating and determining cause of death in this day and age had to have some basic law enforcement and medical skills. 

While Summit County is thankfully still a country place, I would certainly feel better if our coroner had formal training and experience. Fortunately, we have somebody in the county who does have the right experience, leadership and commitment to public service and accountability to serve professionally as Summit County coroner. That person is Joanne Richardson. Let’s send a signal that professionalism and qualifications count. I hope you will join me in giving Joanne Richardson your vote for Summit County coroner on Aug. 13. 

Tim Boulay



Gilliland get’s my vote

Having just read Ms. Stebbins’ editorial on the opinion page dated July 31, I would like equal time to stump for my unnamed candidate, as well.

Like Ms. Stebbins, I was a registered Democrat. Also like her, I changed my party affiliation to vote in the upcoming primary election. However, the change did not nauseate me as it did Ms. Stebbins.

I changed, not because he was my friend, but to vote for the most qualified candidate. In this case, he is running on the Republican ticket and is being opposed. Ms. Stebbins chose her candidate not because she is the most qualified for this office, but because the candidate is her friend.

Larry Gilliland, county treasurer, excels in computer automation. He was the first treasurer in Colorado to initiate electronic cash transfers back in the 1990s and served as Colorado Mountain College associate professor of computerized accounting. He is a certified public accountant and a licensed cash manager. He has been controller of Keystone Resort and has managed the county’s now $100 million in funds for 16 years.

I urge everyone to get out and vote for the most qualified candidate in the primary election Aug. 13.

Mary L. Jones


A vote for Richardson

I would like to encourage the voters of Summit County to get out and vote for Joanne Richardson on Aug. 13. The reason I support Joanne is that in March of 2000, I lost my beloved wife; my wife was also a good friend of Joanne’s. With Joanne’s background as a coroner’s investigator with Larimer County, she could help me understand the events leading up to my wife’s passing. Joanne performed a private case review and prepared a 14-page-report and outlined the events in an unbiased professional manner.

Joanne Richardson wants the job of coroner because she has a real investigative passion, an ability to deal with the details in an objective and compassionate manner. Joanne does not render opinion and will maintain an unbiased reporting of the facts. She is a professional with real time experience as a deputy coroner in Larimer County and will bring a level of expertise consistent with the demands of our growing community.

Joanne Richardson is concerned with the needs of the bereaved and will answer difficult questions in a sensitive manner with professional courtesy. She really does care and understands the nature of the assignment. She will answer and return phone calls. That is important for those with sensitive questions at a time when answers are needed.

Coroner is not an easy or glorious job. When someone is as committed as Joanne Richardson to make that her vocation, please take note. She will do the job in a manner consistent with the demands and sensitivity necessary to make a difference to those who need a real professional.

Please vote for Joanne Richardson on Aug.13.

Robert Small


Vote for Ferris

I would like to encourage voters in the primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 13, to cast their vote for Marty Ferris for Summit County treasurer. I had the opportunity to work with Marty when I was the elected county clerk in the 1980s. Marty has risen through the ranks of the finance department to her present position as assistant finance director. In the past 17 years, she has had experience in all facets of the county’s finances and definitely has the ability to run the treasurer’s office. Change is never easy and change is often uncomfortable, but change is sometimes a good idea. I left the county clerk’s office after 12 years (eight years as the elected clerk), because I thought it was a good idea to have someone new take my place, someone with fresh ideas and enthusiasm. It is easy to become complacent and

“overstay” your job, especially in elected government positions.

Please give Marty a chance to make a change in county government.

Colleen Richmond


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