Vail Daily letter: McQueeney for commissioner
As many of us cherish, Eagle County offers tremendous assets for community members, particularly for young people fortunate enough to grow up in the valley. We can take advantage of the snow sports, gorgeous hiking, art and cultural opportunities, and plethora of free public events. Still, there are often-overlooked populations of children lacking basic literacy skills, positive adult mentors and access to healthcare needs. I have experienced the disparity firsthand while working in the local nonprofit service field over the past decade. An incredibly inspiring attribute of our local services are the nurturing, committed leaders who have dedicated their lives to serving local youth and families, including Eagle County commissioner candidate Jeanne McQueeney.
When Jeanne recognizes an opportunity to improve opportunities for community members, she gets involved and take action — an admirable trait when it can be much easier to sit back and observe. Through the past five years, I have had the honor of working alongside Jeanne in various projects related to education, self-sufficiency and community collaboration. Jeanne has worked tirelessly to address critical needs in our community through her roles as president of the Eagle County Board of Education and founding executive director of Early Childhood Partners. Jeanne brought the Family Leadership Training Institute to Eagle County which has since trained dozens of community leaders in advocacy, service and civic engagement. Jeanne holds numerous leadership roles which reflect her steadfast commitment to children including serving on the board of directors for the Eagle River Youth Coalition and Family Learning Center, as well as serving with the Rural Resort Region Early Childhood Council and Governor’s Advisory Council for Early Childhood.
I am voting for Jeanne McQueeney for Eagle County commissioner because she is intelligent, experienced and compassionate. I am proud to raise my family in the Eagle River Valley, and would be honored to have Jeanne lead our county so that others may have access to the incredible opportunities that go along with getting to call this amazing place “home.”
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