Vail Daily letter: My choices for Vail
I would like to weigh in on the current race for Vail Town Council.
When I reviewed the list of candidates, the first word that came to mind was “retread,” so I thought I’d see what the official definition is.
According to dictionary.com, it means to repeat or do over, without the inventiveness of the original; repeating, reviving or rehashing of the old. And then it refers to a person representing older or previous times, ideas, policies, etc., especially when passe or tiresome. Bingo! I couldn’t have said it better myself.
As many of you know, I have spent more than my fair share of time in Town Hall. While the experience has been good or bad depending on the day, one thing I am sure of is that we need a change.
There are four seats up for election this November. Of the seven who have thrown their hats into the ring, three have served before for a total of — by my best math — 30 years! Add that to a current sitting retread and it comes to a total of 40 years of the same old, same old.
We have an opportunity to bring new fresh ideas to the Town Council chambers. It’s time to bring energy and enthusiasm to the job instead of some of the cranky, arbitrary attitudes of the past. It’s time to elect a new mentality that understands the advantage of actively seeking community input; that values the opinions of the electorate; that works to find consensus; that respects the role to which they have been elected and is respectful of the people who put them there.
We have an opportunity to elect Doe Browning, Mark Christie, Kim Langmaid and Jen Mason to create a positive, inclusive environment in a room that has wallowed in far too much controversy for such a small, intimate community.
And make no mistake — none of these “new” names are really new. Their track records in the community are filled with successes in a wide variety of organizations. Every one of them will provide new perspectives, increased energy and hopefully the ability to engage different parts of the community in the process of leading us forward.
I strongly urge you to vote for a new future for Vail: Browning, Christie, Langmaid, Mason.