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Shafroth has bipartisan support

Alan Danson, Vail

Having been involved as a board member of Gore Range Natural Science School for the past seven years, I was pleased when I learned that Will Shafroth ” a proven environmental leader ” had decided to run to succeed Mark Udall in Congress representing the Second District. Will is not one of those “newly greened” politicians that seem to pop up every election year. Quite the contrary, he’s been working on environmental concerns his entire career and understands the realities of environmental degradation, energy use and climate change.

Truth be told, we’ve been lucky here in the second Congressional District with our past leadership. For the last 30 plus years, we’ve had Tim Wirth, David Skaggs and Mark Udall. Each has been a national leader on environmental and energy issues. Will Shafroth is the candidate best suited to continue that tradition of leadership. As the executive director of the Colorado Conservation Trust and Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), he has spent his career championing the environment and building unlikely partnerships to keep Colorado the special place we all know it as.

Will is facing a serious challenge in the Democratic primary that will be held on August 12. Although at least one of his opponents has considerable experience in politics, I believe that Will’s proven skills as a consensus builder will enable him to reach across the aisle and get things done in a Congress that is all too often gridlocked. Rather than being weighed down by political alliances and obligations to special interest (political action committees) PACs, Will can bring his strong and long nonprofit and public policy experience to represent all of us in Washington. That is why he has garnered lots of bipartisan support for his candidacy.

And speaking of bipartisanship, Will could use the support or Republicans and independents in this primary. Although registered Democrats will have received their absentee ballots for the August 12 primary last week, independent voters can request an absentee ballot for the Democratic primary by calling the Eagle County Clerk’s office at (970) 328-8728, Republicans can send him a contribution to help get out his message of change (www.shafrothforcongress.com). In sum, Will Shafroth is the kind of Congressperson we need in Washington representing us back here in Colorado. Please vote for Will Shafroth in the Democratic primary on August 12.


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