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Parsons: Dan Gibbs deserves your vote

Dan Gibbs was profiled in Oct. 13 Summit Daily News. He is running for re-election as Summit County commissioner. Though the article was accurate and well written, it did not encompass all of Dan's contributions to our community. His service in addressing forest health, wildfire protection, Interstate 70 corridor safety and many other improvements to our lives and environment are well documented, but others were not mentioned.

As the chairman of the St. Anthony Summit Medical Center Community Advisory Board, I wish to draw your attention to the major role Dan has played in supporting the county's health care access and quality through his service on the hospital board. He has assured that the communication link between the county and the hospital is free-flowing. He has been instrumental in securing a recent contract between Summit County government and the hospital to provide various outpatient services at a substantial reduction in out-of-pocket cost to county employees and their dependents. He has worked with the State Insurance Commissioner and other stakeholders to address the high cost of health insurance through the Colorado health exchange. He has supported improvements in early-childhood care and education through the County Departments of Social Services and Public Health. He has taken a lead role in crafting Proposal 1A on this year's ballot in support of 911 dispatch, ambulance service funding and clean water protection. All of these are vital to sustain our resort community economy as well as the welfare of our full-time and seasonal residents.

In brief, in his quiet and respectful manner, Dan has made a huge difference in our lives and well-being along many dimensions of improving health care quality and access. He deserves each and every vote for re-election.

Don Parsons

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