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Vail Daily letter: Hammon for commissioner

I hope you will agree with me that Pat Hammon is the best candidate for county commissioner, and that you will vote for her in the Democratic primary and also in the fall election. You can search high and low in Eagle County and you will not find someone who has spent more time in volunteer and sometimes paid positions, always working to help people in need. As a longtime registered nurse, she has worked at Roundup River Ranch, helping kids with health challenges have the best camp experience of their lives. She has helped countless patients working with Homecare and Hospice of the Valley. She teaches students at Colorado Mountain College who want to become certified nurse aides and help others. Pat was on the county committee that selected Augustana Care as the operator for the soon-to-be-built Castle Peak Senior Care Community, making sure those who need assisted living, skilled nursing, memory care or transitional rehab can do it here in Eagle County for the first time ever. She has been extremely active in volunteer work with the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post. She served in the US Army Nurse Corps including a tour in Vietnam. Clearly, Pat cares deeply about all people and the quality of their lives. Isn't that what we want in a county commissioner?

Pat is not only compassionate, but she is well versed in the important business of the county. Again, as a volunteer, she has devoted countless hours over 15 years on the Eagle County Planning Commission, with nine of those years as chairman. If you have ever been to Eagle to watch the county Planning Commission consider a file, you will understand the attention to detail required, always mixed in with the broader long-term policy objectives to maintain the quality of life in Eagle County. Her dedication is unmatched.

Pat fully understands and appreciates the quality of life we value so highly here. She worked many years at Beaver Creek, in the hiking center, in the Nordic Center, and as a hiking guide for the U.S. Forest Service. She helped visiting groups with event coordination. Our ability to recreate is a value she cherishes, while protecting our environment.

For these reasons and many more, Pat Hammon is my choice. You can learn more about her background and her position on issues at her website, http://www.electpathammon.com. I hope you will join me in voting for her by mail ballot in the Democratic primary before the June 24 deadline.

Doris Dewton