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Dear Editor:As an Eagle County commissioner you can expect me to have a strong and independent voice. I don’t have any axes to grind, and you won’t find me going along with the pack just because it’s expedient or because we share the same political label. I believe in breaking trail, not walking in footsteps.I listen with an open mind, always have and always will. Differences in opinion need to be respected and not dismissed. I don’t like sniping, sarcasm or backbiting. It’s unprofessional and it promotes public cynicism, distrust of government and distaste for those who serve.I believe in collaborative discussion and consensus building. Finding common ground between people who disagree isn’t easy, but that’s no excuse for not trying. There is no disgrace in reasonable compromise. I want Eagle County to work more cooperatively with our towns, public agencies and special districts. I want to make sure that in any collaborative efforts the county participates, that we are a reliable and trustworthy partner.I believe in facilitation before regulation. Community solutions need to be grown from the bottom up, not imposed from the top down.Our housing has become unaffordable to even middle class families. Traffic backups occur daily in nearly every one of our towns. Water quality and forest health are at risk from population pressures and climate change. These are problems and issues that county government and all governmental agencies need to be engaged in addressing and solving. In policy, in budget and in leadership, we’ve got to bring the right resources and community partners together to start chipping away at the big issues and quickly solving the little ones.I’m the most qualified candidate in this race, and I’ll be able to make an immediate and positive impact my first day on the job. Having served as your county clerk and recorder for 10 years, I attended more commissioner meetings than any of the three who are now in office. I know how the county works, I understand its finances; as the county’s chief election official, I’ve already worked with every municipality and every special district countywide. I’ve sat on boards and held title; but more importantly, I’ve given something of myself to every effort in which I’ve been involved, and to every person I’ve come to know.There are three more significant differences between me and the other candidates in this race. I’m the only woman, I’m by far the youngest (50), and I’m the only candidate who is not a retiree.I’m asking you to share my passion for keeping Eagle County one of the finest and healthiest places to live in America. And, I’m asking for your vote to give me the opportunity to put my ideas, experience and independent voice to work for our future.Sara FisherCandidate for Eagle County commissionerGypsum

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