Newsletter 15

Dear Durango Community –

The time has come. Ballots will be in the mail on March 18th and delivered to your home shortly thereafter. There is one additional candidate forum that I encourage you to attend. It is Thursday, March 16th, hosted by the League of Women Voters. It is open to the public and will be held in the City Council Chambers, 949 East 2nd Avenue, starting at 5:30pm.

This is a short note as I am spending as much time as possible knocking on doors, meeting voters, listening and learning. To gain a better understanding of how Durango residents define quality of life and what they perceive to be the greatest challenges Durango faces, I sent an open-ended, two-question survey to a cross-section of “Your Front Row Seat” readers. Today I’m sharing the results of that survey with you. It’s important to me that we not only have an open discussion about the issues we prioritize as a community, but that each of you has a voice and a role in creating solutions.

In this initial survey, I asked about growth in Durango. Specifically, what problems/challenges have arisen as a result of Durango’s continued growth, and how we should address them. This was not a scientific survey, but the responses were informative and interesting, well worth sharing on my blog site. For details on the survey and responses, please see

Look for your ballots in the mail. I hope to see you at the League of Women Voters forum on Thursday, 3/16. And, there is a good chance I will see you at your front door as I continue to hit the campaign trail.

Thank you for reading and being a part of my community.

Melissa Youssef
Blogger, ‘Your Front Row Seat’ and Durango City Council Candidate

Focusing on Issues and Initiatives Significant to All who Call Durango Home

P.S. – Please DO remember that you’re invited to add your comments beneath any of my blog posts. You can also hit reply to this e-mail or contact me directly at don’t hesitate to let me know what you’d like to see more of and thank you so much for being an important part of my community here on “Your Front Row Seat.”

Published: March 15, 2017