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Brenner represents Western Slope

Jim Bottomley, Avon

A few days ago, I had an opportunity to spend a couple of hours with Ken Brenner, a Democrat who is running to become our Colorado state senator for District 8. I was very impressed with this fourth-generation Coloradan, who has spent many years in public service in Steamboat Springs and Routt County, in particular working on the county master plan, and land conservation issues. Here are some of the important issues that Ken focused on that require constant and determined attention in our state and national legislatures. I am writing this letter because I believe Ken is the kind of person we need in our state legislature to bring about some long-term planning, to meet these objectives so important to our future needs.

Water: to protect our Western Slope water and bring about statewide conservation and planning for the future.

Energy: to protect public health and the environment, and be involved in Colorado’s new energy economy.

Education: Colorado must become a national leader in innovative educational plans. (As a former school board member, this one is near to my heart, especially with regard to teacher compensation and training.)

Health care: create quality, affordable and accessible health care for everyone in Colorado.

Environment: guarantee the long-term opportunity to enjoy our outdoor lifestyle.

During his years on the Steamboat Springs City Council, Ken became an expert on the critical use of water. This will become one of our major challenges, considering population growth, climate change and agricultural and recreational needs.

I urge you to consider these thoughts when you vote in this primary election on Aug. 12, 2008.

Jim Bottomley

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