Endorsement for Hamner | AspenTimes.com

Endorsement for Hamner

Dear Editor:

As your current state representative of House District 61, I not only endorse state Rep. Millie Hamner – I really endorse her.

I’m thankful and ecstatic that Millie, with whom I’ve served over the past two years, is now running for the newly defined House District 61 that includes Pitkin County down to the northern edge of the town of Gunnison. In her first term, she astounded her fellow legislators with her ability to craft legislation of significance to the state that also gained enough support from across the aisle to pass. Over the past two years, the slim Republican majority, which had one extra seat on each committee, was determined not to let Democrat-sponsored bills out of committee. But Millie was able in many cases to buck that partisan trend.

In the 2011 session, she ran bills to identify solutions for safety and congestion on Interstate 70, incentivize the use of biomass for energy, streamline teacher licensure, protect law enforcement service animals, continue the boater-safety program and create the voluntary tax check-off for the Roundup River Ranch Camp for children with serious illnesses.

In the 2012 session, her bills strengthened stalking laws, continued forest-restoration programs, streamlined and consolidated license plates to improve public safety and created a new K-3 literacy process that will be a model for other states.

Millie will protect the quality and quantity of Western Slope water. She will work to establish a long-term plan that emphasizes conservation so future generations will have this precious resource to power tourism, agriculture and our lives. She has passed legislation to promote forest health. Millie believes in smart energy development emphasizing responsible development of traditional resources that does not threaten the health of our land or people and the continued support for renewable sources that provide new jobs and help the environment.

But aside from her great track record, from her leadership and level of respect among her fellow legislators, she is just plain likable. Bright-eyed and always with a smile, she makes a great listener. As an educator, school superintendent and mountain-community resident for more than 30 years, she knows the issues, is great with people and will continue to make us proud as our representative in the Colorado House.

Roger Wilson

State representative, House District 61

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