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Vail Daily letter: Asking for your vote

Greetings, Eagle County residents! As the election draws near, I want to let you know what I'm proud of accomplishing, what my plans are for the next four years, and why I'm asking for your vote. Throughout my tenure since 2013, I've learned that people are passionate about our county, and that the quality of life that brought us here and keeps us here is worth protecting. I've learned that we get more done when we work together, whether it be with municipalities, special districts, nonprofits, or individuals. The new Castle Peak Senior Care Center is testament to that approach.

An issue that has been at the forefront these last 3.5 years and will continue to grow in importance is water. Water is our lifeblood here in our headwaters county. Our fish and wildlife, our pure drinking water, our clean air and landscapes, our forests and wilderness, and our recreation economy all depend on quality and quantity of water in our streams and rivers. I've been honored to take the lead on water issues for the commissioners, and with your support, I'll continue to lead the charge in protecting Eagle County and Western Slope water. Front Range growth puts pressure on western water supplies. Through positions on national, statewide and regional governing bodies, I will continue to be a strong advocate for agriculture, recreation, wildlife and public lands — all those things that are so integral to our quality of life. The State Water Plan looks different because I, along with other western representatives, spoke up and connected land and water planning.

Along with water, my top priorities for the next four years are building affordable housing, finishing the Eagle Valley Trail, protecting our environment and wildlife corridors, implementing strategies outlined in our climate action plan, rewriting our land use regulations, building a business-friendly environment for new and existing businesses, completing road projects in El Jebel and Edwards, and strengthening broadband throughout the county.

The county's finances are strong and I am committed to careful stewardship of public dollars. I'll continue to represent all corners of the county and respond to your concerns and ideas.

I'm asking for your support this election, and I would be honored to continue working for you.

Kathy Chandler-Henry