Summit Daily letters: Former county manager endorses Julie McCluskie for House District 61 |

Summit Daily letters: Former county manager endorses Julie McCluskie for House District 61

Former county manager endorses McCluskie

In my role as Summit County Manager during the 1990s, I had the good fortune to work with a number of elected officials who valued problem solving over political party and good sense over ideology. That kind of approach, which leads to getting things done through communication and work with other people — no matter what their political leaning or organizational mission — apparently is alive and well.

Julie McCluskie, running to become House District 61’s representative to the Colorado State House, has the experience and strengths to be the kind of elected official who will appraise each issue carefully on its individual components and work tirelessly toward a productive solution. Recently, as I served as trustee for Summit County on the Colorado Mountain College Board, this is exactly the kind of work I saw her doing in her position as a regional development director for Colorado Mountain College’s Foundation. Moreover, Julie has earned much respect in the community for her work as communications director for Summit School District and board member for the Summit Foundation and Advocates for Victims of Assault.

Julie McCluskie represents the best qualities of those running for office, personal modesty, superior listening skills, intelligence, a spirit of innovation, and a willingness to spend whatever hours needed to reach successful conclusions. I urge everyone to vote this November and put Julie to work for Summit County, House District 61, and the state itself in the Colorado legislature.

Bob Taylor


Support Jaime FitzSimons for Summit County Sheriff

I am heartily endorsing Jaime FitzSimons for Summit County Sheriff. When he was elected two years ago, he was a relative unknown to me, but his spectacular performance in those two years has convinced me that we definitely need him to continue in the position. He has done SO MUCH for mental health in this community, to keep the mentally ill and addicted out of the jail and in treatment programs where they belong. That alone would be enough to convince me to vote for him. But, there’s more.

Jaime has also updated the detention facility, constructed a modern evidence and property room and procedures, and expanded the drug take back program to help combat the opioid crisis locally. And, he expanded the school resource officer program and increased the budget of the search and rescue group and has gained kudos from them for his leadership. Also, he partnered with the Dillon Ranger District and other organizations to hire wildfire patrollers this summer, who prevented many more wildfires from happening in Summit County. The list goes on. His accomplishments in just two short years have been astounding. I don’t know when this man sleeps!

Lastly, Sheriff FitzSimons responded immediately to a potential law enforcement issue that I alerted him to, so I have personal experience with how responsive he is to the law-and-order concerns of Summit County citizens. With this kind of performance record, empathy, work ethic, leadership and moral fortitude, Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons deserves our trust, our appreciation and our vote. Join me in voting for him on Nov. 6!

Beth Groundwater


EPA changes threaten future of Summit County, state

This coming Monday, President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency will host a hearing in Chicago on their proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan. This proposal is bad news for folks in Summit County and around our state.

Climate change is driven by carbon pollution–the type of pollution that is released by fossil fuel power plants. And it isn’t a threat that will affect someone else, somewhere else, some time in the future. It’s here, it’s happening and Colorado must act to stop it.

The Clean Power Plan sets common sense limits on dangerous carbon pollution from power plants and encourages the type of clean, renewable energy development that we are seeing in Colorado. By moving to repeal the Clean Power Plan and replace it with a polluter-approved alternative, Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is undermining vital health protections that reduce air pollution and address climate change. We need the EPA to strengthen safeguards that address climate change, not tear them down.

Acting Administrator Wheeler should immediately reconsider this reckless and harmful action that is not based in science.

Garrett Garner-Wells


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