Ken Deshaies: A neighborhood town council: What a scary thought
For the second consecutive election, one neighborhood in Silverthorne is putting forth a block of candidates for town council. Even with resignations and attrition, this neighborhood already has two members on the town council, and if their block of three were to win, then five of the council’s six members would be from a single neighborhood. This is hardly an accident.
A group of residents from this neighborhood, mostly retired, apparently believe they should have the final say about how Silverthorne is governed. You’ve got to wonder that if a neighborhood group backs a block of candidates, will they act in the interests of their own neighborhood over other neighborhoods within the town? If, like me, you do not believe that one neighborhood should determine the future for the entire town population, there is an alternative. Vote for diversity.
Darrick Wade is a 22-year resident who lives in Willowbrook and is a well-respected architect who is very involved in sustainable design and renewable energy options. He was Silverthorne town manager for three years and planning and development director for seven, and a forward-thinking, optimistic father of four who is invested in the future of Silverthorne.
Talk to anyone who knows him and you’ll find they are extremely respectful of his integrity, creative energy, courage, and commitment to healthy, vigorous and community-oriented lifestyles.
David Preaus is co-owner of a local cabinet shop, a father of three, an 18-year resident of Summit County living in Willow Grove. He serves in the Rotary, is a member of the Summit Independent Business Alliance, and a board member of the Summit Chamber of Commerce.
Both candidates exhibit a thoughtful, progressive point of view. They do not just glibly parrot simplistic values like “financial stability” or “future of the town.” Read their interviews in the Summit Daily and compare to those of the “Alliance.” They run as individuals, but I include them both here as truly beneficial options to the status quo.
You could take the path of least resistance and vote for the block of three, or you could vote for diversity, thoughtfulness, intelligence and a future you can all be proud of. You will look back on your votes for Darrick and David and be thankful for your choices.
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