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Vote for the powerhouse

Dear Editor:

I plan to vote for Jacque Whitsitt for Basalt Town Council on Tuesday, April 1, and I hope you will join me!

Jacque is a powerhouse of a woman, devoted to making this valley an even better place for all of us.

I know Jacque best through her commitment to bridging the divide between diverse parts of our community. When she and my husband Jon served together on the Basalt Town Council, they and several others founded Mision Comunidad, a nonprofit which published an excellent bilingual newspaper.

Knowing her commitment to inclusion of our community’s sizable Latino population, I invited Jacque to join the board of the nonprofit I run, English In Action. As our board chair, she has worked diligently to promote our mission of “building community through language and leadership development.”

Jacque’s interests are many and her passion for maintaining and increasing public access to the natural beauty of this valley is clear from her years of service on both the Midvalley Trails Committee and the Aspen Valley Land Trust board.

Jacque’s service on the board of Colorado Mountain College is evidence of her interest in making affordable, high-quality adult education available in our community.

Her work on the boards of both RFTA and the New Century Transportation Foundation indicate a dedication to building regional transportation solutions which are both environmentally sound and supportive of this valley’s sizable commuting workforce.

And to sum it up, she also served on the board of Healthy Mountain Communities. The name says it all.

Jacque is by no means a “single issue candidate,” but she does have a singular commitment to improving the quality of life of all members of our community. She is motivated not by financial profit (for herself or anyone else) but by a desire to “do the right thing.” I personally have watched Jacque bring intelligence, caring and an unwavering work ethic to her many volunteer endeavors over the years.

I guess the question is: What kind of town do we hope to leave our children? And my answer is: We probably can’t go wrong leaving them one shaped by Jacque’s capable hands.

If you care about the future of Basalt, please join me in voting for Jacque Whitsitt!

Julie Fox-Rubin



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