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Pitkin Dems can make a difference

Dear Editor:

Pitkin County voters have the power to really affect this midterm election and the balance of power from Denver to Washington. We have some of the tightest races in the nation. If we can raise our voter turnout in our county to the level we had in the 2008 election, we will help keep the Democratic majority in the U.S. House and Senate and the Colorado House and Senate.

Vote Michael Bennet for U.S. Senate. Bennet is a man of business experience who rescued companies from bankruptcy to solvency – thereby saving jobs. As head of the Denver public school system, he saw first-hand the tough issues facing our schools. He is a champion for women’s rights, unlike his opponent, who is even against commonly used forms of birth control. On Oct. 20, his opponent declared global warming a hoax. Michael Bennet is a man of compassion who believes in science and who has been a brilliant U.S. senator.

Vote to re-elect Congressman John Salazar, who has been a wonderful representative for our district that runs from Aspen to Alamosa. He has supported conservation efforts for the Thompson Divide Coalition. He is against the 23 percent sales tax favored by his opponent. He has listened to our calls and e-mails from this district and supported many of our issues. John Salazar has served our district well.

Vote to re-elect State Sen. Gail Schwartz, who is the hardest-working senator in our state. Gail knows that Colorado can indeed be the leader for green jobs in solar and wind energy that will not pollute our tap water in our homes and that will provide thousands of new jobs for our state. These jobs are already a reality in this state. That is why national business magazines recognize Colorado as one of the top states in the nation as great states to invest in and to move companies to. Gail Schwartz has been an outstanding state senator.

Vote Roger Wilson for state representative. His combination of experiences with Outward Bound and as a software engineer are a perfect fit to represent our community.

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Vote Jack Johnson for Pitkin County commissioner. Jack has the range of experience required to hit the ground running as our county commissioner. Jack has served on our Aspen City Council, on planning and zoning, the Ruedi Water and Power Authority and has volunteered for numerous local nonprofits. He is always hardworking and well-prepared and will be direct on the issues. He loves and understands our community. Jack Johnson will be an excellent county commissioner.

I write to encourage all voters to early vote now – Monday through Friday until Oct. 29 at the county clerk’s office on Main Street next to the courthouse or on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

It is so important to support our candidates from the top of the ballot to the end. Please vote.

Blanca O’Leary

Aspen