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Dan Gibbs for Colo. Senate District 16

Summit Daily Editorial Board
Summit County CO, Colorado

This is an easy one: Dan Gibbs of Silverthorne is the clear choice to represent District 16 in the Colorado Senate. His is a proven record of getting things done and keeping the interests of Summit County at the forefront at all times. In tight economic times he has managed to find state money to mitigate against wildfire and protect watersheds. He is practical, standing up to Denver Water on the Dillon Dam Road closure, at the same time working with local leaders and Denver Water to reopen the road. Gibbs has learned young how to bring diverse interests together to build coalitions.

 Gibbs’ opponent, Republican Don Ytterberg of Evergreen is likable and articulate and has a strong business background. Another time, another race, he would certainly be worth serious consideration. Ytterberg’s two biggest problems in this race are that he is running against Dan Gibbs, and he is strapped to a tired ideology that in the real world will not work. We cannot lower taxes, improve roads and create healthier forests and still have a balanced budget.

Summit County and all of Senate District 16 is lucky to have Gibbs on the job for us in Denver. He’s tireless, professional, sharp and folksy at the same time. A true policy wonk and a great listener, Gibbs also isn’t one to shy away from a fight. When Denver Water closed the Dam Road, Gibbs didn’t rely on the phone but drove down to the Denver Water offices and demanded a meeting. For Summit County, it’s a true benefit to have a state senator from our county, and we look forward to watching what Gibbs will do in the next session after his reelection.