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Schwartz: unflagging commitment

Dear Editor:We are writing to encourage the voters of Pitkin County to get to the polls and support Gail Schwartz on Nov. 7 in Colorado Senate District 5.Gail represents an opportunity to elect a public official who understands the fundamental premise of public service, which is basic to the notion of successful democracy. She has articulated a vision for the future of the state that focuses on education; real care about the environment and impacts of rapid growth, health care, and attention to critical state infrastructure; economic opportunity and financial solvency. Her decisions will be guided by a clear understanding of the public interest and a high degree of personal integrity.We have personally known Gail for more than 30 years and worked closely with her when she was raising two children and supporting her family with a full-time, demanding consulting position. She never missed a deadline or cut a corner. We believe that the voters of State Senate District 5 can look forward to the same unflagging commitment to public service.Colorado ranks 37th in the nation in commitment to public education, and, without change, this position could well sink lower. Hopefully, this is not the kind of legacy that voters in this district want to embrace. Gail understands public education from her years on the Higher Education Commission and hard work as a University of Colorado regent. She understands how to fund education in a way that will ensure long-term solvency for our most important institutions.A quick glance at the map of State Senate District 5 reveals how important it will be to achieve a high voter turnout and support for Gail on Nov. 7. The Pitkin County vote will be critical to the outcome. Don’t stay at home and support the dreary policies of the Republican Legislature in this state. Vote for Gail and vote for optimism, commitment to hard work and integrity in state government.Bill and Carolyn KaneAspen