Parachute mayor’s wife endorses him |

Parachute mayor’s wife endorses him

Dear Editor,

This is a letter from the wife of the mayor of Parachute. I am so proud of John Loschke and what he stands for. These rumors that have been flying around our community about him are so un-true. If you know John, you know how false these accusations are. Yes, I imagine some feelings were hurt. When you are in a public meeting and are out of order you will be told you are out of order. That is the job of the person running the meeting. I am sorry it was taken so personally by some of the people. It is good citizenship and courtesy to follow proper order in meetings.

John and I met in May of 1982; we were married in Dec. of 1982. The Oil Shale Bust had happened. I am from a founding family of Parachute, the Hurlburts. When we married, we decided we wanted to raise our family here. John fell in love with our community before we met. John was the one that said, “I believe in this community, we all can survive the `Bust.'”

He also said, “I believe in this community and I want to give back,” which he has since he has lived here.

John started coaching for the Parachute/Battlement Mesa Recreation District for Pee-Wee Basketball before our son was born (18 years ago). I could see what it meant for my husband to be able to help children succeed, and they did. Not to mention coaching and assisting with baseball, wrestling, soccer, and golf.

His service for the town of Parachute started 17 years ago on the town board, he has also served on the school board, Parachute/Battlement Mesa Recreation District, Grand Valley Fire Department and the Planning and Zoning for the town. With countless hours of community service, he has never asked for anything in return, he just wanted to give back to our community. The slurs against him are undeserved. He loves our community and has always looked after the best interest of our town.

Let’s talk about conflict of interest. We all know that people who are willing to hold public seats in a small town usually will hold more than one. There are several people in this community that sit on more than one board. They are not being targeted with verbal attacks and bad press. Nor should anyone be, including my husband. The people that know John also know he would never do anything for his own interest.

We love our town of Parachute. Call us, Sherry and John Loschke, at 285-7343. We do not have one thing to hide.

Sherry Loschke


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