Inside the Chamber: Glenwood’s future begins at Issues and Answers tonight
Inside the Chamber
I openly professed my love for Glenwood Springs in a column about a year ago, and I know I’m not the only one who cherishes this community and the people in it. This is evident in the fact that nine citizens are running for just three open City Council seats. Glenwood Springs is at pivotal moment in time. While there are some challenges, there are even greater opportunities ahead. It’s up to the citizens to elect leaders who will represent them in shaping Glenwood Springs for generations to come.
For those seeking a one-stop opportunity to learn all about the candidates at once, join us Tuesday (March 7) for the Issues and Answers City Council Candidate Forum. It takes place at City Hall, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The forum will also be broadcast live on KMTS.com and it will be replayed on the air later in the evening. After the event, an audio recording will be available at kmts.com, and the Post Independent will cover the event.
Out of all the varied projects and programs I get to work on as part of my job at the Glenwood Springs Chamber, Issues and Answers rises to the top as one of my favorites. Depending on the election cycle, we typically host one or two of these forums each year. It’s democracy in action, providing an opportunity for voters to see the candidate in person, ask questions and listen. It reveals both similarities and differences among candidates.
The event has been going on for so many years (more than 30) that it almost runs itself thanks to the fantastic collaboration with partners like the Post Independent and KMTS. Ron Milhorn moderates like a pro. He asks general and sometimes really tough questions that come from a combination of the media and the audience. There have been times when discussions have become heated, but he calmly maintains order of the room. Susie Straus makes sure everyone stays within their allotted time. Local State Farm agents Jeff Leonard and Dee McCown happily provide cookies and water for attendees and candidates. The Post Independent helps to compile thought-provoking questions and provides in-depth coverage of the event and profiles of the candidates.
It takes a lot of courage, time and resources to run for and serve in an elected position. So I would personally like to thank past, present and future members of City Council. Being a public servant is not an easy job, and it can be very thankless. It requires a considerable amount of time and energy to research the issues, listen to constituents and attend meetings. All that being true, I would imagine that seeing important projects come to fruition or playing a role in positive changes that benefit the community would make it well worth it.
So voters, now is your chance to dream about your future Glenwood Springs and to select the three people that will lead this already wonderful community to where you want it to go in the future. In addition to your own research, I hope that Issues and Answers tomorrow night will help to provide the insight you need to make your decision. Those elected on April 4 will be a part of Glenwood Springs’ legacy forever.
Angie Anderson is the executive vice president at the Glenwood Springs Chamber.
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