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Time for a change

James W. Shaw and Dr. Rosanne D. Shaw

I moved to Summit County just over one year ago, following my marriage to a longtime Summit County resident. I had a house in Boulder, she has a house in Frisco. We want to build our house in Summit County. After much searching for the perfect lot, we found it in Silverthorne. Our house will be completed and we will become full-time Silverthorne residents the week following the election of a mayor to lead the town for the next several years. It is frustrating to not be able to vote in the election.

However, we feel a need to comment on the election. Watching the events unfold, we find it interesting that the focus of the election has been on the management and leadership style of the existing mayor seeking reelection. We find it a sad commentary when the behavior of a public official toward the citizens of his town who might disagree with him, becomes a more important issue than the many substantive problems facing the town of Silverthorne. Public officials should be serving the people that elect them and have an obligation to listen carefully and politely. Further, we believe they should always be willing to turn important decisions back to the citizens with special elections.

We believe that Silverthorne has the potential to be a real special place to live. That is why we chose to build our house there. The setting is gorgeous. What is needed is vision, hard work and good leadership. We think it is time for a change in leadership so the focus can be returned on how to make Silverthorne a better place to live. We encourage all Silverthorne residents to vote and we hope they will vote for Sheila Groneman so we can all work together to make Silverthorne the town it can be.

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