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Backing Roy

Dear Editor:Shellie Roy is conscientious. I have seen her struggle – as we all should – with drafting policy and weighing rights. She studies and adapts to legislative limitations and the mandates of our courts. She does not see governmental powers as unlimited.I have never sensed that she was “pro-development,” nor do I agree that a commissioner should automatically be “anti-development.” I admire her decades of community service, not only as a county commissioner, but as a member of the planning and zoning commission. And she had years of service on more advisory boards than I can mention. She is, and always will be, a community activist in the best tradition of civic responsibility.I served seven years on the P&Z and had a wealth of interaction with the county commissioners. Shellie was uniformly courteous and attentive to all parties. And she was right when and where it counted most.I specifically recall her courage and stalwartness when she first took over as chair, having to enforce and apply the controversial moratorium legislation which she had individually opposed. She stood up for the decision of the BOCC and took the heat. With grace and dignity. That’s what some call “boardmanship,” and it is acquired through civic experience marked by mutual respect and dedication to the representative process.Shellie Roy deserves to be re-elected, and I am pleased to write this letter of support.Peter A. MartinRedstone


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