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Letter: Bettis has a proven track record

I am writing this letter in support of the re-election of Kara Bettis for coroner.

I have been an Eagle County resident for 17 years, and I have been observing the campaigns of the two candidates for coroner. Just as many people I've spoken to, I'm pretty turned off and appalled by how Sue Franciose is running such a negative campaign. Her attack on the current Coroner's Office and her aggressive nature seem way over the top and clearly contradict the qualities that the position requires. She tries to talk about how she is kind and caring; however, in my opinion, her rash actions speak louder and prove what an unfit match she is for an elected office that demands compassion, patience and understanding. Her desperation and lack of professionalism have been displayed not only during the candidate debates in September but in her current negative advertisements on Facebook. After all, we are talking about the coroner's position, folks.

Through all this, I think we've learned way more than we thought we would about the job of the coroner. What I've learned is that the No. 1 primary job of the coroner is to investigate the cause of death. Second, it is to notify the next of kin. It's here where one's personality shines through. It's here where the compassion and patience with the grieving are critical. It's then, only then, when the other areas of administration and tissue donation (areas that Sue has been critical of) become priorities. Obviously these areas are extremely important, but I feel she's just reaching for something to base her campaign on and has missed the main focus of the job. Don't be fooled. She has clearly proven to me how inexperienced and unfit she is for the office of coroner. Eagle County residents deserve more from someone who is running to be an elected official who's going to lead this county.

Kara is nothing but professional in all that she does for Eagle County. When I think about the person I would want to help my family if I passed away, I would want someone who is knowledgeable about the job and has experience in working with families. Someone who is patient, caring and compassionate. Someone who has given 110 percent, day in and day out, for our county and succeeded. Some who has a proven track record. So if you cannot decide whom to vote for as coroner in the November election, think about these qualities that Kara has demonstrated the past 12 years. I know I am voting for Kara Bettis for coroner in this November election, as should you.

Shaun Baldwin

Eagle