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Justice served with Beeson at the helm

Dear Editor:

Almost eight years ago I went to work for the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. But it was actually seven years ago that I began to work for an ethical and professional elected district attorney who truly wanted to serve the people of this judicial district.

I have had the honor and pleasure of serving under Martin Beeson as he rebuilt an office in turmoil and restored integrity to an office that had been sullied by inexperience, scandal and mismanagement that culminated in a historic recall election.

When Martin Beeson took the helm in January 2006, he quickly and effectively rebuilt a troubled office, hired (and rehired) qualified prosecutors and staff and established a district attorney’s office that proudly seeks justice every day. It has been a long and sometimes difficult path, not without setbacks, but during his term Beeson has worked hard to ensure that the people of Pitkin, Garfield and Rio Blanco counties are protected, and that justice is served.

I know that people, particularly in a presidential election year, often vote only along political lines. I also believe, however, that a technical office like that of district attorney, one that requires tremendous experience and legal training, should be above partisan politics. Whether a candidate has an “R” or a “D” or an “I” next to his or her name shouldn’t matter when we vote for district attorney. The only thing that matters is that we pick the best person for the job.

Finally, obviously I work for Beeson and thus some may see this endorsement as self-serving. And to the extent, I want the best and most experienced person to hold this very important elected position, they are right. But again, this is not about politics. I have observed firsthand the great sea change a leader and prosecutor with Beeson’s skill, honor, knowledge and experience has brought to the office I work in; and therefore I encourage everyone to vote to reelect Martin Beeson district attorney.

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Anthony Hershey

Glenwood Springs

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