Letter: Former commissioner endorses Poschman | AspenTimes.com

Letter: Former commissioner endorses Poschman

I am supporting Greg Poschman for Pitkin County commissioner. Greg has made what I call “Pitkin County values” central to his campaign. He is unequivocally pro-environment, pro-wilderness (where appropriate), pro-retention of our community character, committed to facing the challenges concerning preserving Western Slope water, committed to working with other jurisdictions concerning transportation, housing and public health care; committed to listening to what the people of Pitkin County have to say. Though I have been elected to boards at three levels of local government, working like heck to get there, I have never seen a candidate who worked so hard going to meetings throughout the Roaring Fork Valley, going to events, making himself accessible to people, listening and digesting what they have to say.

To his credit, Greg has shown he is a good listener, as in the case of the various discussions he has had in and around the community concerning the renewal of the Open Space mill levee. He understands the shortcomings and has been vocal about discussing them, and in particular about the 20 year renewal. Where is the accountability? If the public is dissatisfied with the program, is it reasonable to wait a couple decades before we get to weight in at the ballot box again?

Greg has had the courage to raise the issues, while his opponent says Greg should apologize for articulating the very feedback he has heard throughout the community. I say, “Keep asking the questions.”

In summation, I am supporting Greg Poschman for commissioner because of his values, people skills, judgment related to development, propensity for hard work, courage to challenge the status quo. His life-long connection to our community will serve us well. These are all attributes I look for in a county commissioner. Please join me in voting for Greg Poschman.

Jack Hatfield

Snowmass Village

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