Roy respected around state |

Roy respected around state

Dear Editor:It used to be counties operated pretty much as lone agents, only occasionally interacting with the other counties. But today, the issues are too interwoven – water, transportation funding, the legislature taking on land use and so on – that counties without allies are run over.What you may not realize you have in Pitkin County is an energetic advocate who is very respected among county commissioners statewide. When the Droste bill almost gutted local land use, Shellie Roy not only drove to Denver four times in 10 days to lobby the Senate, but she also contacted dozens of county commissioners and convinced us it was in our best interest to get busy and lobby the senators, too.I understand from Shellie that her seat is a tightly contested race. I do not dare to tell voters in another county how to vote. I do want you to know, though, that this commissioner is respected and listened to by commissioners elsewhere. She is vice chair of the Coalition of Counties Transportation and Telecommunications Steering Committee, served on our task force to try to solve Gallagher, Tabor and Amendment 23 tax issues, and is well-versed in water issues.Shellie gives Pitkin County clout in the state. I do not judge the merits of her opponent, but as you compare their qualifications, understand a new commissioner starts over in the respect arena – it doesn’t come with the title.James NewberryGrand County commissioner

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