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Glenn Rappaport an insightful leader

Dear Editor:

As a resident and architect employer in Basalt, my family, as well as our staff, is directly affected by the quality of our elected representatives and the leadership that guides the emerging vision of our community. The position of town mayor is key to both the vision and its guidance, and by my measure the candidate of choice is Glenn Rappaport.

I have observed the successful outcomes of Glenn’s insightful decision making for many years and in many roles of responsibility that include committed citizen activist, Town Council member, architect/planner and family father. Underpinned by a proven commitment to the long-term social and economic vitality of Basalt, these roles have uniquely prepared him for the leadership challenges as Basalt’s next mayor.

Always guided by the measure of benefit to the civic vitality and sustainable commerce of Basalt, Glenn approaches issues with a completely open mind – carefully listening to understand and sort out public consequence to inform his role as decision maker in governance by example. As both a professional and a board member of the Roaring Fork Conservancy, I was very impressed during Town Council review of the River Center project when a couple of council members initiated what I would call “tweaking” the artistic quality of the project. Glenn voiced that they were stepping past the line of council responsibility – directing instead that review comments be channeled around compliance with zoning criteria in the governing ordinance. In doing so, Glenn’s insightfulness and political courage thoughtfully balanced the boundaries between private prerogative and council oversight, and that’s the stuff good mayors are made of!

Being an insightful consensus-builder by nature, I am confident Glenn will guide Town Council to both thorough examination and effective closure to the diverse range of not-so-small-town issues that require the council’s judgment.

Some govern only by “management” of an in-place regulatory structure, and others evaluate the appropriateness of regulatory structure in the context of emerging circumstance and a solid vision of what will best stimulate where we need to be. To me, that translates to eyes and minds wide open, acknowledging what is in place but with the political courage to create new pathways to a sustainable future. I just described Glenn Rappaport, who, without reservation, I encourage Basalt residents to vote for as our next mayor.

Larry Yaw

Basalt


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