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Hatfield endorses Speck

Dear Editor:

On Tuesday, we, the citizens of Pitkin County, face a critical decision in the selection of our District 1 county commissioner. Most of the candidates have little political/elected experience, and therefore, no track record by which the public can measure each candidate against another. As a result of many of you asking me “who am I voting for?”, or, “who would I like to serve with?”, I will offer the following in support of Brian Speck for county commissioner.

As responsible voters, we will have to do our homework in order to determine who will best serve our people and the land. This race is not about friendship, who was a good softball coach, who collected the most campaign contributions, or who reversed himself about his views on jobs, construction and growth. It is not about what political party one is, or is not, registered with, although a candidate’s views are critical on federal issues.

This election is about who will “hit the ground running” once elected. It is about experience and background that will translate into doing the job. This race is about being connected to our communities’ diversity, about treating the public with respect, about values, about making good financial decisions, about independent decision-making.

As I see it, Brian Speck is the right guy for the job. His business education and experience are critical. He knows what it takes to run a large budget and number of employees. In these tough economic times, these qualities will go a long way in dealing with the challenges county government faces in providing services in an environment of declining revenues and increasing costs. He will be conservative when spending public money and raising revenues.

Brian grew up here and is connected to the social fabric of our community, from the “old-timers” to his peers. He is respectful, sincere and “gets it” when faced with assimilating information. Electing a qualified “local” guy as our county commissioner would be a great thing.

Brian has been a city planning commissioner for about six years. Although county vs. city land-use has a different perspective, his experience on this local government board is invaluable, as he understands codes and policy. He is a listener, one who supports community values relative to managed growth and protection of our rural character.

In conclusion, Brian must speak to specific issues. Hopefully, the campaign will truly test each candidate. No “hall passes” here … only insightful feedback and answers that will help us, as citizens, choose the two best candidates. I believe Brian Speck has the necessary qualities to become our next commissioner from District 1.

Jack Hatfield

Pitkin County commissioner, Snowmass Village

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