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Dear Editor:If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost. – Aristotle.What I’ve walked away with, more than anything else, is the recognition for trying to make a difference. Without two or more candidates, there is no race. I am thankful for the support I have received from the community during my campaign for county commissioner. Although I was not elected, I hope your voice will be heard over the next four years.”The Andrew Kole Show” would like to discount and disparage the support for my campaign as the “babe vote” whatever that is. Nonetheless, 33 percent of the people who cast a ballot have a message. Thirty-three percent of voters are concerned about the fiscal stability of our county government, would like to see incentives for green-building and alternative-energy sources, feel there needs to be more opportunity for home ownership, and want a county government that is objective and treats its constituents fairly and with respect.I am not disappointed in the outcome. If you look at the votes per monies raised, you might realize my candidacy had a high percentage. This is usually how successful races are measured. With more resources, the turnout could have been much different. However, mine was a grass-roots organization that lacked a campaign manager or “machine.” After all, 33 percent is the percentage of votes incumbent Tony Hershey garnered against Torre in the 2002 Aspen City Council race.I congratulate my opponent, Mr. Hatfield, who was most gracious on election night, and the other local candidates who were elected. I encourage them to consider the items my campaign has brought forth during this election. Particularly, the changes that would realize greater revenue for the county. They are valid and deserve attention.Again, I thank my supporters and look forward to the future.Cheryl KoehneSnowmass Village


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