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Reasons for Rachel

Dear Editor:For more than a decade, Rachel Richards has dedicated herself tirelessly to the betterment of our community through her determined efforts to preserve this town and this valley in spite of other’s rush headlong into growth and expansion.I admire Rachel’s dedication to researching issues thoroughly, and she’s not afraid to change her decision when appropriate to do so. Rachel listens to other’s opinions and options, and she knows how to negotiate and compromise for the best outcome for the good of the whole. Rachel is cautious, but she’s also capable of making hard decisions because she carries a vision of preservation for our community. Richards has been instrumental in considerable success stories, including: The Aspen Recreation Center – a wonderful asset for our kids and our community as a whole, bringing together citizens of every age and income level; The formation of the Regional Transportation Authority, combining valley-wide funding and participation with RFTA, providing vital alternatives to reduce auto congestion; Increasing the funding for Aspen’s open space and trails program, allowing the city to participate in joint purchases of important parcels with Pitkin County, including lands on Smuggler Mountain; An affordable housing program which allows our community to be economically balanced despite the pressures of our resort economy and the insatiable demand for second homes.I know no other civil servant so dedicated to her responsibility to preserve the public trust that she announces her home phone number on TV to make herself totally accessible to the citizens. Richards has proven herself worthy of our trust and our vote. I believe it’s in our community’s best interest to keep Richards working as she does on our behalf by voting for Rachel Richards for County Commissioner on Nov. 7. Thank you.Susan O’NealAspen