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Curry the best candidate for District 61

You’d never guess that Kathleen Curry lives in far-off Gunnison.The Democratic candidate for Colorado House District 61 has visited Garfield County frequently during her campaign, and has shown an impressive awareness of the issues of concern to residents here.She has demonstrated the kind of understanding and vision that merit her endorsement in the District 61 race.And that’s saying a lot. Neither of Curry’s opponents are pushovers. Republican Becky Rippy of New Castle has long been involved in the human services field and could put that experience to good use at the Capitol. Libertarian Dale Reed of No Name spent his career working for government as a teacher and with the Colorado Division of Wildlife, and has seen from the inside where he thinks the state government can be trimmed and made more efficient.It’s hard not to endorse a local candidate most likely to have the ear of Garfield County residents in Denver, particularly when that candidate comes from the solid political stock of the extended Rippy family. But Curry has the most solid credentials of the three candidates in this race. She is experienced regarding one of the most crucial issues facing the Western Slope in coming years – water. She most recently served as manager of the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District, and she was named Water Manager of the Year by the Colorado Division of Water Resources in 2003. She also served on the Colorado Water Conservation Board on instream flow issues, so dealing firsthand with state policy isn’t foreign to her.Curry also has shown keen interest in gas drilling in Garfield County. She is as familiar as any sitting lawmaker or legislative candidate we have met with the issues at stake for local residents and communities. She clearly recognizes how much of the reform regarding gas development regulations must take place at the state legislative level, and has offered the most detailed plan we’ve heard for bringing about those reforms, and soon.Curry comes across as someone with equally strong skills in listening and leading – someone who would serve District 61 well, from one end of it to the other. We encourage the district’s voters to give her the chance to represent their interests at the Capitol.Curry comes across as someone with equally strong skills in listening and leading – someone who would serve District 61 well, from one end of it to the other. We encourage the district’s voters to give her the chance to represent their interests at the Capitol.


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