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Schwartz gives thanks

(This letter was originally addressed to the constituents of Senate District 5.)Dear Editor:Now that the 2006 election is behind us, I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for the opportunity to serve you in the state Senate. It is an honor to have been elected to serve the 11 counties of Senate District 5, and I pledge to serve you with the same level of energy, determination and commitment that I brought to the campaign.I would also like to take this opportunity to recognize the many years of service that my opponent has rendered on our behalf. Thank you, Senator Entz, for your years of dedication to our nation as a veteran and to the people of Senate District 5 and especially the San Luis Valley, as a member of the Colorado Legislature and state Senate.It is now time to put politics behind us, to roll up our sleeves and get to work on the serious business of moving Colorado forward again. It is time to refocus our energy on maintaining and improving the health, safety and welfare of all the residents of Senate District 5. Please join me in that effort, as I will not be able to do it alone. We are all in this together, and I will need your insights and your constant input.In the coming weeks and months I will be hosting district-wide tours to hear your thoughts and concerns about the issues that are most important to you. We began this process almost a year ago with our campaign “Listening Tour”, and now your input is more important than ever as the 2007 legislative session quickly approaches.Again, it is an honor and a privilege to serve as your State Senator. My door is always open to you, and I encourage and welcome you to share with me your hopes, concerns and visions for the future of the Senate District 5 community and the great State of Colorado.Gail SchwartzSenator-elect District 5