Newsletter 17


I want to take this moment to express my sincerest gratitude to you for demonstrating your trust and confidence in me by choosing me as your Durango City Council representative in our recent election.  I am honored by each and every vote I received. I am touched by all the encouragement and support you have given me. And I am looking forward to serving our community!

Thanks to each and every one of you who helped with my campaign. I experienced firsthand the heart, passion, dedication and high ideals this community has as I spoke to hundreds (if not thousands) of Durango residents while on the campaign trail. Our community CARES and I am confident that, together, we can affect positive change, impact local lives in many positive ways, and take significant steps to preserve the character of our town and our quality of life.

A special thank you to my core campaign team including: Nancy Shanks, Alexandra Santos and Domi Frideger.  I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with such strong, competent and committed individuals.  Together we more than accomplished our goals!

I want to thank each of the other candidates, in particular Dave McHenry and Tom Eskew, for running.  Each candidate is committed and passionate about our community and it was a privilege getting to know them during the campaign season.  I am hopeful there will be future opportunities to work together on projects benefitting our community.

I want to express my respect and appreciation for Mayor Christina Rinderle and Councilor Keith Brant.  Thank you for your service to our community.  I have seen you in action, working for a better Durango – you are great role models!

Lastly, I thank my family and friends for their support and affirmation all along the way.  I am more thankful than I can say to be surrounded by such loving and supportive friends and family.

Together we have accomplished a great deal over the past several months.  I am excited to see what we will accomplish in the next four years.

Thank you again for your support!  It means the world to me.

Melissa Youssef
Blogger, ‘Your Front Row Seat’ AND Durango City Councilor (officially sworn in on April 18th, 2017!)

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Published: April 8, 2017