Candidates discuss high points |

Candidates discuss high points

Scott N. Miller

EAGLE COUNTY – It’s finally time to vote.For the past several months, the three people running to replace Tom Stone on Eagle County’s board of commissioners have been answering a question a week about various topics. After tomorrow’s voting, only one of the three will have to answer questions regularly.So, here’s the last weekly question of the 2006 campaign:

It was a wonderful experience, being able address the issues and have people listen. I can’t ask for anything more.

I have learned that most people in Eagle County appreciate having their ideas heard and considered. The great diversity of thought and wealth of information that I have gained from listening to people are things that merit consideration in decision making as a commissioner. I have also learned that campaigning to become a county commissioner takes a tremendous amount of time and effort. The energy that I have put into my campaign to get elected is something I look forward to actively using as your commissioner.

Unfortunately the low point is when the issues are set aside and attacks are made on a personal level. The candidates have kept this to an issues and qualifications campaign which is the way campaigns should be run.

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There are many high points. Winning the primary and being able to continue on was certainly one. Being endorsed by the Vail Daily as their candidate of choice was another. The reception that I receive from people as I walk door to door and the acknowledgments I get as I stand and wave in the roundabouts are things that let me know people appreciate what I am trying to do. These make the campaign effort worthwhile.

This has been a phenomenal experience and regardless of the outcome, I consider myself a better person for having taken it on. There are so many good people who live in Eagle County, who do so for the quality of life, the sense of community and the opportunity to do well for themselves and their families.

Over the last eight months I have come to know the county even better than in my 28 years living here. People from all walks of life have shared with me their passions, their frustrations, their kudos and their concerns. What I think it all boils down to, and what we all really want, are healthy communities, quality amenities, access to open space and homes we can afford. I honestly believe these are achievable goals, but we have to change how we operate. Economic and social issues don’t respect municipal borders. We must combine forces, visualize opportunities and strengthen our relationships countywide if we truly want to make this a better place tomorrow than it is today. The high point of my campaign was reconnecting with a former employee whose friendship I’ve missed. And the low point? I think we all know that answer.

Staff Writer Scott N. Miller can be reached at 748-2930, or Daily, Vail Colorado

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