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Whitsitt for Basalt mayor

Dear Editor:

On April 3, I’ll be voting for Jacque Whitsitt for mayor of Basalt. Why? Because she cares, she works hard and she’s smart!

And she does each of these things in her own, unique, Jacque way.

She cares: Jacque cares about people and the planet. Her concerns for our community and the people who live in it run the gamut – from education to trails to public transportation to community integration. She is by no means a single-issue politician. And she doesn’t just care because it’s “the right thing to do.” I know from working closely with Jacque to start the nonprofit English In Action that the work she does touches her in a deep and very personal way.

She works hard: I know no one else as willing and able to roll up her sleeves and get the job done. And what’s great about Jacque is she doesn’t just do it alone – she builds teams. Seeing this in action has been one of the highlights of working on Jacque’s campaign. And it gives me a good picture of the kind of connected, team-building leadership we will see from Jacque as mayor.

Smart – Jacque is really smart, but she isn’t a know-it-all. She has a healthy dose of humility which is refreshing in a politician, especially one with her level of experience in government, not to mention nonprofits and business. Although she has her own opinions, she approaches issues with an open mind, and a remarkable ability to make space for a wide range of views to be heard. When she was English In Action’s board chair, it didn’t matter if she disagreed with you, she wanted to know what you thought.

And she wanted the group to have the benefit of your unique perspective, whatever it was. There is no one I trust like Jacque to create an open dialogue on the issues that matter most to our town, now and into the future.

And one more thing – she runs a darn good meeting. You get so much done, every voice is heard, and everyone feels like their time was well-spent. If you are currently on the Basalt Town Council, or hope to be, I couldn’t wish for you a better person to facilitate your meetings.

So, please join me in voting for Jacque Whitsitt on April 3!

Julie Fox-Rubin


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