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Meet the candidates: Four vie for three positions in Silt

Dina Prieto
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There are four candidates running for three seats on the Silt Board of Trustees. Names appear in alphabetical order.

Dina Prieto

Age: 34.

How long have you lived in Silt?

Since July of 2005.

What do you do for a living?

I’m the administrative assistant for the Basalt Police Department and a bilingual child forensic interviewer for River Bridge Regional Center.

My position at the Basalt Police Department allows me to support the day-to-day operations of a respected law enforcement agency, while encouraging open and helpful communication and collaboration between community members from various cultures.

As a bilingual forensic interviewer, I conduct neutral, developmentally appropriate interviews with children as part of a multidisciplinary team responding to allegations of child abuse and sexual assault.

Are you involved in any groups or community activities? If so, what groups/activities?

Ninth Judicial District Victims Assistance Board (VALE) for approximately 10 years, the last three as chairperson for the board.

House of Worship Church (Silt) board of directors, secretary.

Apostolic Assembly Ladies Auxiliary secretary — I oversee and coordinate women’s activities for 18 churches throughout the state of Colorado, such as planning, organizing, supervising and conducting activities. This includes presentation and explaining information on a large group setting, arranging and overseeing activities of fellowship and community outreach, and being a key element in areas of ministry in accordance to our church practices.

Why are you running for a position on the board and are there any specific issues you hope to address?

My approximately 16 years of municipal government involvement and experience have familiarized me with the dynamics of city government and the power of government to affect the citizens’ lives in a positive as well as a negative manner.

I’ve been fortunate to have worked directly with two agencies led by amazing chiefs, that practice standards and principles that promote and apply the approach of treating their citizens with respect, courtesy and understanding while upholding the peace and security of all members of the community.

I will contribute to the diversity of the board in multiple ways because I am a woman who will offer unique perspective, insight and opinion pertinent to maintaining a respectable and outstanding community and town.

Also, because I am Hispanic I will be able, and driven, to strengthen relationships and communications for all members of our community. I will focus on finding ways to bring unity and connection amongst different cultures, backgrounds and people.

Keith Richel

Age: 35

How long have you lived in Silt?

Lived in Silt for 7½ years.

What do you do for a living?

I work as a sales representative for a beer distributor.

Are you involved in any groups or community activities? If so, what groups/activities?

I am a den leader for the wolf group for the Silt Cub Scouts.

Why are you running for a position on the board and are there any specific issues you hope to address?

I am running for a second term as trustee. I feel that Silt is a great small town with a lot to offer its citizens, and a great place to raise a family. I bring a view to the board that is not politically motivated, but instead is focused on continuing to grow the town to meet the needs of the people in the most efficient way possible. I believe the board needs to be diverse allowing each group of citizens to feel that they are being fairly represented, and I am able to represent those that have chosen Silt as the place to raise their families. I am able to work with a diverse group of trustees and am willing to listen to every point of view from the other trustees, citizens, and present my own before making a decision or placing a vote on a issue. I have enjoyed representing the people of Silt for the last four years, and hope I can continue to do so.

Paul Taylor

Age: I am 66 years of age and have lived in western Colorado all of my life.

How long have you lived in Silt?

I purchased my home in Silt in 1987 and have lived there ever since.

What do you do for a living?

I am a retired chief of police with 37 years of law enforcement in the state of Colorado. I retired from the town of Silt in September of 2009. I previously served on the Town Board of Trustees from 2010 to 2014. I am currently employed by Citadel Security at the Eagle County Admin Building and Valley View Hospital. I served in the military from 1969 to 1972 with HHC, 1st Aviation Brigade, Special Operation Group in Vietnam.

Are you involved in any groups or community activities? If so, what groups/activities?

I am currently not involved in any groups due to time constraints with my job. I served on the Garfield County Communications Authority Board from 1999 to 2009, two of those as president. I also served on the Colorado Intergovernmental Risk Association Safety Commission from 1998 to 2009. (I) served on SANE board from 2002 to 2007.

Why are you running for a position on the board and are there any specific issues you hope to address?

I am running for a position on the board of trustees with the express desire to represent the citizens of Silt. I want to be a voice for the people and represent the needs of the citizens of Silt. I would like to see the town put forth a concentrated effort to get a grocery store to come to Silt. We are sending all of our tax revenue to Rifle and Glenwood Springs. We need to encourage new business to move to Silt. I would like to see Silt lead the way in youth and adult recreation. We have an abundance of different options available to lead the way in this area and to make Silt a safe and friendly environment in which to raise a family.

Kenneth (T.J.) Tucker

Age: 39.

How long have you lived in Silt?

My family and I moved to Silt in 2011 after being relocated for my job with ExxonMobil/XTO Energy. We lived in south Texas where I worked offshore for 15 years. When we arrived in Colorado my family and I got to find out what snow is really like.

What do you do for a living?

I am currently a facilities/lease/control room operator with XTO Energy. I oversee the sale of oil and water disposal for the Piceance Creek field; ensuring the safe and economical production of oil and gas for the Western Slope.

Are you involved in any groups or community activities? If so, what groups/activities?

Currently, I am serving the appointment to the town of Silt Board of Trustees. My wife and I help where we can: the Coal Ridge High School booster club, band, choir and athletics. I also serve on the safety committee at work. After a rash of break-ins that hit a little too close to home, I started a neighborhood watch for our subdivision. Luckily the criminals were caught and the neighborhood watch program is still in place and working well. I encourage everyone to become involved with such programs.

Why are you running for a position on the board and are there any specific issues you hope to address?

When we first moved here I had some code issues, and after some debate and discussions with the board, a new policy was implemented. With some coaxing from my neighbors I decided to offer a new face and point of view to the town of Silt. The people of Silt have been so kind welcoming me and my family to the town, and my new face and point of view to the board. I’d like to thank all the people of Silt who have and will continue to support me.


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