Summit Daily letters: Wallace challenges Summit Daily endorsement
November 1, 2016
Wallace challenges Summit Daily endorsement
Yes, I am very disappointed in the Summit Daily endorsement for county commissioner. Not that I was not the endorsee (although I feel I deserve it), but because the editor(s) of a supposedly "fair" paper who made the endorsement did not even talk to me. (Please note: Not all reporters of the paper were involved in the endorsement.) The editors did not hear that my passion for this county the past 42 years has been to serve the citizens of Summit County. Or that I channeled this passion into being an elected official by seeking election. One of the current commissioners was appointed to fill my vacant position when I ran for County Treasurer (since I was term limited) and the other one was "drafted" by her party to run for Commissioner rather than seeking the position due to her desire to serve. The editorial staff did not talk to me about the innovative programs I, along with Gary Lindstrom and Tom Long, initiated. Programs such as the housing authority, Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, the first county in Colorado to ban smoking (before it became a state-wide ban), building of the hospital and medical office building, an agreement with the Denver Water Board that finally came to fruition that ensures Dillon lake levels and stream flows, protection of the backcountry, placing density where it does not create vista eyesores, and so on, and so on and so on. And that as Treasurer, I have saved Summit County taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars as well as implemented other programs to benefit Summit's citizens.
No, the editorial staff took either the easy way out or the political way out by endorsing the incumbents rather than sitting down with at least me to know why I am seeking the office of County Commissioner and why I want to continue to serve the citizens of Summit County by working with the citizens to arrive at sustainable solutions to the issues facing our county.
Editor's note: The Summit Daily News announced in early September that it would endorse candidates. Mr. Wallace did not reach out to seek our endorsement.
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