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Holy Cross candidate stands for the right thing

Michael Chandler
Vail, CO, Colorado

Over the 40 years I’ve lived in Pitkin County, I’ve never written a letter like this. But there comes a time for everything, and I feel this might be it.

Any day now, you will be asked to vote for the Board of Directors of Holy Cross Electric. One of those running for reelection is board chairman and 30-year member Tom Turnbull of Carbondale.

In today’s world, and in the face of an economy run amok by people and corporations we thought we could trust, I think the good people of our community are returning to what they can believe in, to the core values they learned as a child: trust, honesty, compassion, understanding, loyalty and the belief in doing the right thing for the betterment of us all.

Like so many of you, I’ve watched and learned from the people who live and work in our valley. Some good, some not so good, all valuable lessons.

For nearly 30 years, I’ve watched Tom Turnbull and his Carbondale ranching family. I’ve watched Tom run a ranching operation that has thrived and prospered for 50 years, because of his sweat and his unwavering belief in doing the right thing. Highly educated, Tom is an avid listener to all points of view, understanding that he has an obligation to the customers of Holy Cross, to their families, to their budgets, to their well-being.

He’s a neighbor, and I’m proud to call him a friend. It’s not a term I use loosely. I can tell you that our valley, and our Holy Cross Electric cooperative, is in the best of hands: Tom Turnbull’s. Please vote to keep him on the board, doing what he does so well: the right thing.

And that’s all I have to say on this matter.

Michael Chandler


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