In support of Groneman |

In support of Groneman

Michael Cockrell

I write in support of Sheila Groneman’s candidacy for Silverthorne mayor. Sheila is honest, open and candid. She has firsthand experience with children and families in that she has her own, and works in Youth and Family Services for the county. She has been an advocate for children, child care and families for many years. She is connected to common people

I believe she will listen to citizens, to town staff, and indeed to all “stakeholders” in town affairs. She will encourage public participation in town decision-making processes, not simply tolerate public input. Sheila intends to create an environment where maximum “public engagement,” beyond that found in current council meetings, can take place. The idea is to gather input from a larger spectrum of residents, especially from those that don’t attend meetings. Sheila believes in true grass-roots democracy.

I believe Mrs. Groneman understands the difficulties in raising kids, of maintaining households, of operating a small business. The incumbent, although a decent fellow, seems to support only big business and franchises. Remember, the only “outsiders” in Silverthorne are the big-money developers. Many of us have lived and operated our businesses here for years, and even decades – we are Silverthorne (even those pesky SANFRG folks!), and we have a right to determine what our community becomes.

Mrs. Groneman understands that growth is complex, involving myriad impacts and that proposals should not be assessed and judged by revenue projections alone. Sheila will, on your and my behalf, question the assumption that more revenue will solve problems that development creates; that more money in town coffers can or will “mitigate” diminishing quality of life.

Sheila Groneman has the support of myself and other small business owners. Please join us, vote for Groneman on May 7. If you’re leaving town, fill out an absentee ballot.

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