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Endorsement: Joan Fitz-Gerald has what it takes for Congress

Vail Daily Editorial Board
Vail, CO Colorado

Eagle County has been well represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by Mark Udall over the past 10 years. Now it’s time to pass that torch, and our pick is Joan Fitz-Gerald for the Democratic primary in the Second Congressional District. Since this seat is almost certainly going to go to the winner of this primary, this is an important one to vote on for Democrats and independents willing to declare a party affiliation at the polls (and Republicans willing to switch to vote.)

This wasn’t an easy one. Over the past year, our editorial board met several times with Fitz-Gerald and her rivals, Jared Polis and Will Shafroth and liked them all. Polis is bullish on education and is a strong personality who’d do well in the House. Shafroth is extremely well-versed in many of the environmental and land-use issues near and dear to our hearts. But Fitz-Gerald comes out with the edge because she has these issues on her agenda as well – and she has a lot of experience behind her to help her hit the ground running.

As the clerk and recorder for Jefferson County for many years, Fitz-Gerald has hands-on experience managing people and budgets. Her seven years in the Colorado State Senate – including a historic stint at senate president – were marked by strong advocacy for and knowledge of issues of concern to mountain residents. An ardent environmentalist, Fitz-Gerald appears eager to join others in Congress to fight for our lands, a new energy policy based on renewable and sustainable practices and has also promised to continue the battle to address our state’s pine beetle problem.

We also like Fitz-Gerald’s stances on the Iraq war (let’s get out soon), health care (a single-payer system, soon), and education (time to dunk No Child Left Behind). She is also extremely well-versed on the issue of I-70 congestion and recognizes the drain it has on mountain economies.

Joan Fitz-Gerald will be a strong representative for the Second Congressional District and a worthy successor to Mark Udall.

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Note: This version corrects an earlier one that said Fitz-Gerald had been endorsed by the League of Conservation Voters. The League has not yet made an endorsement in this race.

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