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Election ’22, Pitkin BOCC candidates: Erin Smiddy, Day 3

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This week The Aspen Times is publishing a series of questions and answers from the two candidates vying for the District 2 seat on the Pitkin Board of County Commissionersincumbent Kelly McNicholas Kury and challenger Erin Smiddy. The District 1 seat for the BOCC is also on the ballot with incumbent Commissioner Patti Clapper running opposed. Election Day is Nov. 8, and ballots were mailed out last week.

Today’s question: Which areas of the county should be shielded from budget cuts and why?

Erin Smiddy: When it comes to the budget, a huge priority is always mental health and the provided resources that are essential to a healthy community. They need all of the money and support available from both the county and city. I also would not touch the budget for first responders, ems, law, and fire. Our deputies need to have the proper equipment and training to remain safe, prepared, and current. The budget is a bit tricky because I feel until you have full access to go over what money goes where and where we can potentially re-allocate funds, it is hard to make full judgment calls on how to spend it. I am very reasonable about spending money, and I do not like to waste it.

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