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Dear Editor:

I am writing this letter in support of Glenn Rappaport for mayor of Basalt. The following are just a few of my reasons for supporting Glenn for mayor:

• Glenn has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for 40 years, he’s raising his family here in Basalt, he works as an architect and artist, and he has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Basalt Town Council.

• Glenn is a candidate with experience in both the public and private sectors, he knows land-use and governmental processes.

• Glenn believes that Basalt is a tourist destination and that we ought to continually diversify our economy while preserving the resources that support tourism and recreation.

• Glenn is a strong proponent of maintaining our small-town character and is committed to ensuring that Basalt remains a great place to raise a family.

• Glenn is a strong supporter of the arts in the midvalley, and is an artist himself.

• Glenn believes that Basalt should revisit our agricultural heritage and explore ways to encourage agriculture on local public lands and open space to increase self-reliance while supplying our markets with locally grown food.

• Glenn is a skilled facilitator and a centrist who has always examined all sides of an issue.

• I have known Glenn and his family for several years. Our kids have played hockey together since they were Squirts – they’re now in high school. We have been on the road a lot over the years taking our kids from game to game, and I have come to admire and respect Glenn’s calm and fair approach in dealing with all issues, personal or public. He is always the first to volunteer to help, and I think he would make a fantastic mayor of Basalt!

I encourage you to visit Glenn’s website, http://www.glennformayor.net, to learn more about Glenn’s record and his vision for Basalt’s future. I also encourage you to vote for Glenn as well.

Barbie Cottrell

Basalt


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