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A View From the Campaign Trail – March 2017

I have been wanting to send an update for weeks now..… This campaign is a B-I-G effort and has been a full-time-PLUS job in terms of time and energy as I do my very best to earn your confidence and the trust of the Durango community. I am working hard to prepare and position myself to be an effective voice for my constituents – to truly understand and represent your values during a very critical time for Durango.

The reality and compelling nature of all of the issues we are facing has become even clearer to me since the start of my campaign. With every day that passes I am even more motivated and committed to effectively serving and authentically representing our community. I’m fired up and determined! With that, here’s a short update. ….

The Process:

I’ve been walking through a lot of neighborhoods and knocking on doors during the past few weeks. I have enjoyed exchanging ideas and opinions with many of you face to face. This experience has confirmed for me how important it is to slow down and listen. I’ve learned so much in the process and so appreciate the valuable knowledge and insights many of you have shared with me. And while it is time consuming, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Throughout my many conversations, interesting patterns have emerged. Some residents are passionate about fluoride – getting it out of our water supply (or, conversely, keeping it in)! Others want to focus on the basics – safety and security, both personal and property. Many are concerned with where and in what manner Durango grows – everyone I talk with wants to know my platform and what I stand for – we’ve had great conversations about our visions for growth in our community, for strengthening our infrastructure, and living in a community that fosters opportunity and fair living wages.

Aside from these door to door and neighborhood to neighborhood interactions with a broad section of Durango residents, I’ve also had the new experience of participating in forums as a City Council candidate.

Last week was my first such forum – about 25 community members attended, most of them members of the Boulevard Neighborhood Association. Hearing more from impassioned community members in this type of setting was a wonderful experience. Attendees voiced concerns that impact our entire community, not just the 3rd Avenue neighborhood. Topics of discussion included affordable housing, balancing growth and tourism, and a situational setting question regarding ethics and trust of our elected officials and city government.

Tomorrow, March 8, the next City Council Election forum takes place at 8 a.m., at the Double Tree Hotel. This is a Durango Chamber of Commerce forum sponsored by the Bank of Colorado and the Durango Area Association of Realtors. We’ll be focusing on issues related to business, issue that will play a huge role in the growth and development of Durango in the near and longer term. Reservations are required and there is a cost of $18 for chamber members and $25 for non-members. You can make reservations online at www.durangobusiness.org, or by calling 970-247-0312. I’d love to see you there!

Following that, the La Plata Forum meeting will be held on March 14th from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m., also at the Double Tree Hotel. There will be prepared forum questions as well as questions from the audience regarding city issues.

Lastly, the League of Women Voters Forum is March 16th, Thursday, at 5:30 p.m., in the City Council Chambers.This event is free and open to the public.

Just to remind you ☺:

– Ballots will go out on March 18. I encourage you to send them in as soon as possible; the deadline to return is April 4th.

As always, THANK YOU for being part of my community here at “Your Front Row Seat.” I always appreciate your support!

Until next time, stay involved!

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