Joe DiSalvo for sheriff; write in Curry for Dist. 61 | AspenTimes.com

Joe DiSalvo for sheriff; write in Curry for Dist. 61

Aspen, CO Colorado

Joe DiSalvo did not enter the race for Pitkin County sheriff for his own personal kicks. He didn’t do it because he’s itching for change in his life. And he didn’t do it because he’s itching for change in the sheriff’s office, either.

Instead, DiSalvo entered the race because with 25 years of law enforcement experience in Pitkin County, he has an astute understanding of how things are done around here, and what does and doesn’t work. He takes his candidacy seriously, as he does the well-being and safety of the residents of Pitkin County.

And that’s why The Aspen Times is endorsing DiSalvo for the next sheriff of Pitkin County.

As undersheriff, DiSalvo has worked in the shadows of Sheriff Bob Braudis, who took office in 1987. Braudis has a unique – and commendable – philosophy toward law enforcement that probably wouldn’t work in most of America. But, for the most part, the philosophy – which is rooted in compassion, respect and safety – has worked here, and DiSalvo sees no reason to overhaul a system that is highly effective and functional.

DiSalvo’s opponent, Patrick “Rick” Leonard, sees the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office as a department that needs some sweeping changes, from tougher enforcement of the drug laws to a beefed-up presence on the highways.

There’s no arguing that more deputies could patrol our local highways; in fact, there’s always room for improvement, but the sheriff’s office also has a limited budget to work with and must use its resources wisely.

Recommended Stories For You

Leonard’s position on drug law enforcement also is convenient. But anyone who’s lived here a decent amount of time understands that most of Pitkin County’s drug deals aren’t going down in such unincorporated Pitkin County towns as Emma, Meredith or Thomasville. Instead, the bulk of the deals are happening within Aspen city limits, which is under the jurisdiction of the Aspen Police Department.

While drug enforcement has hogged some of the headlines in the sheriff’s race, what’s been overlooked is DiSalvo’s law enforcement experience in Pitkin County.

He’s been the incident commander for fires that threatened the residents of Pitkin County, and multiple search and rescues. He’s successfully negotiated with potential suicide victims, and he’s investigated both violent and nonviolent crimes in the area.

DiSalvo knows and understands Pitkin County, and he’s ready to lead its sheriff’s office as well.

On Nov. 2, vote Joe DiSalvo for Pitkin County sheriff.

(This endorsement was originally published in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. As a sibling publication of the Post Independent and because we wholeheartedly agree, we’re reprinting it here.)

In her six years in the state House of Representatives, Kathleen Curry of Gunnison has truly represented the kind of independent thinking that defines the diverse rural mountain communities in Colorado’s House District 61.

And, while incumbents of all political stripes are finding it hard to hold on to their seats in this season of political discontent, it’s Curry’s brand of common-sense politics, as opposed to toe-the-line partisan politics, that makes her a breath of fresh air, even as an incumbent.

Curry’s move to leave the Democratic Party last year and become an unaffiliated independent was bold and risky. It was also exactly what voters are seeking in their elected representatives and candidates this election.

In addition, Curry can be counted on to take a consistent and thoughtful stand on the issues that are important to her constituents, not some prescribed platform that puts political party before people.

She also brings an educated and persuasive point of view on the water issues that affect Colorado as a whole and, in turn, relate to everything from agriculture and energy development to recreation and tourism. Her voice in these matters is invaluable.

For these reasons, we believe Curry deserves another term in the state House.

But it won’t be an easy feat. She faces a tough re-election bid against Roger Wilson, a Democrat from Glenwood Springs, and Luke Korkowski, a Republican from Mt. Crested Butte, two worthy candidates who stand behind their respective party’s principles.

Their names are printed on the ballot, but because of antiquated election laws that are simply unfair to unaffiliated candidates, Curry’s is not.

In order to cast a vote for Curry, supporters must write her name on the write-in line provided on the ballot and fill in the accompanying box in order for the vote to count.

So, for a vote against the status quo bickering of partisan politics and a vote for independent representation, write in “Kathleen Curry” for House District 61.