Summit Daily letters: Elect Julie McCluskie to House District 61
October 23, 2018
Elect Julie McCluskie to House District 61
Most of us have been fortunate to call Julie McCluskie a friend, colleague or neighbor for nearly 20 years and come November, we will enthusiastically call her by a new moniker — our state representative! What do we know about Julie? She is caring, thoughtful, analytical and respectful above all else. While deeply passionate about her beliefs, she has always demonstrated an ability to listen first. She will collaborate, examine different viewpoints and work tirelessly to find consensus.
Although some of us remain deflated and frankly a little angry during these disturbing political times, we find ourselves buoyed by Julie McCluskie; a true bright light. Just recently, she expressed a creative idea of getting a group of local Democratic, independent and Republican women together to find some common ground following the divisive Kavanaugh hearings.
Julie exudes our mountain way of life. She and her husband Jamie raise chickens and grow their own vegetables. Their home is warm and welcoming. She buys local wool to knit and shops at consignment stores to be eco-friendly. Julie puts people first and everything else second. She works seven days a week, striving to better our community, and we are confident she will improve the lives of working families across our district.
Julie was one of just 13 out of the 129 Colorado Democratic candidates who were included in President Obama's initial round of endorsements — an impressive accomplishment and amazing testament to her passion and character.
The choice is crystal clear to us: Julie is the only candidate running for House District 61 who deserves our vote in November for State Representative. Onward and upward!
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Summit Foundation supports 1A
The Summit Foundation is focused on the vitality and quality of life in our community, both now and for generations to come. One of the hallmarks of Summit County, and the thing that sets us apart from others, is our willingness to come together to support and address critical community needs. People are willing to work hard to help others and to keep our community the vibrant place that we all enjoy.
Ballot Initiative 1A addresses a range of critical community needs, and although they are diverse individually, collectively they create a better community for all of us. Working families will get much-needed relief on child care costs. Those suffering with mental illness will be better educated and able to access treatment more easily.
The wildfire mitigation increases our level of preparation for a situation that we hope doesn't occur, but we must be ready in case it does. Recycling helps to keep our environment beautiful, and the community-based projects provide much needed facility improvements for our rescue teams, children and seniors among others.
The Summit Foundation Board of Trustees endorses Ballot Initiative 1A as a way for us to come together to help tackle some of the most critical needs facing our community.
President, Board of Trustees
Vote no on Proposition 110
Who came up with this evil plan? To tax the poorest among us — even those who do not own a vehicle — to pay for our roads is patently unfair. Sales taxes are a big reason low earners pay a larger percent of their income in taxes than Warren Buffet or Donald Trump.
Why not make people who use our roads pay for maintenance and added lanes by increasing fuel taxes that have not been raised in decades? This would make operators of heavy vehicles pay for the heavy damage they do to our roads. Drivers of electric and hybrid vehicles could be made to pay their fair share when renewing their registration. Until we find a way to raise fuel taxes, I would rather drive on potholes than approve a regressive sales tax.
To be fair, vote NO on 110.
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