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Whitsitt is fair and dedicated

Dear Editor:

Jacque Whitsitt will make a great mayor of Basalt. She is smart, compassionate, articulate, understanding and ideally well prepared for the job.

Jacque has experience working in business and in the nonprofit world. She has directed the Colorado Association of Ski Towns, and this has given her an understanding of the problems and opportunities facing all of western Colorado. She is dedicated to public education. She graduated from Colorado Mountain College and then commuted to Denver to get her bachelor’s degree in planning and geology. She also has served as an elected trustee of CMC, and in the past year she worked tirelessly to help pass the levy for the local schools.

Jacque has been elected three times to the Basalt Town Council and has served as mayor pro tem. She also has served as the town’s representative on the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority board. As the town’s alternate on that board, I have seen her chair the meetings in exemplary fashion – she lets everyone have their say but keeps the meeting on track, and she never pontificates. More than any other person, Jacque was responsible for getting RFTA’s funding votes passed and for getting the Rio Grand Trail finished five years ahead of its expected completion date.

There is so much more – her work as a tutor and board chairwoman of English in Action, her service on the board of the Aspen Valley Land Trust and so on. You can find out more on her website, JacqueWhitsittForMayor.com, or her Facebook page, Jacque Whitsitt for Mayor.

In sum, Jacque is a wonderful, caring person who will devote her considerable energies to the mayor’s job – a job for which she is ideally suited.

Please vote for Jacque Whitsitt on April 3 at Town Hall or by sending in your mail ballot when you receive it this week.

Anne Freedman

Basalt


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