Setting the record straight |

Setting the record straight

Dear Editor:

It’s been a month since the primary election. I’ve had time to reflect on our accomplishments. I first want to thank everyone who helped me and supported me, whether it was calling people, walking door-to-door, monetary supporters or walkers in the parades. Thank you so much, your help was much appreciated.

Next, I would like to set the record straight. As far as a rumor that Tom and I were in communication prior to the primary, I can assure you this is absolutely false. Never once did Tom and I talk at all during my run in the primary election. It was only after the primary was over that communication was ever established. When I learned Tom wanted to sit down with me and discuss his campaign, I thought this was a good opportunity to get to know Tom. The first and only time I ever met with Tom prior to the primary was during the Coal Seam fire in 2002, when our office (the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office) dropped off information to Tom. Well, when we met we hit it off. We both believe in the same philosophies and are listening to the community.

I ask the citizens of Garfield County to not see this as a Republican or Democratic race. This race should be based on doing what’s right for Garfield County. You do that by listening to the people and providing the best public service possible.

I truly would like everyone to have an open mind and listen to what Tom is going to do as your next sheriff. I believe we owe it to him. I know he is expecting some tough questions. I believe when those questions are asked, you will see that Tom has the community’s best interests in mind. This is a wonderful opportunity for Garfield County to be heard because he and I are listening.

Once again, I want to thank everyone who supported me. If anyone should have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. My phone number is (970) 274-1788 or e-mail at

Doug Winters


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