Two vie for three Parachute trustee seats |

Two vie for three Parachute trustee seats

Amanda Holt MillerPost Independent Staff

There are only two candidates running for three open Parachute Board of Trustees seats. John Loschke is forced by term limits to step down as mayor, but he is still eligible for a seat on the board. Loschke has served as mayor for 12 years.”Term limits were made for the big cities,” Loschke said. “They’re not for a small town where there is only a small core group of people interested in town government.”Judy Beasley, who is running for the second trustee seat, is no stranger to town politics. Her late husband, Dave Beasley, was a former longtime mayor of Parachute.

Name: John LoschkeAge: 56Occupation: compliance and safety manager, Toby’s Vacuum Truck ServiceFamily: wife, Sherry; son, Joe, 22, in Boulder; and daughter, Nicole, 18, a student at Hawaii PacificHow long have you lived in Parachute? 26 years this JuneWhy are you running for trustee? The humorous answer would be because nobody else is. I feel that over the past 23 years I’ve been on the board or acting as mayor of the town that we’ve accomplished some really good things. I can bring a sense of history and continuity to the board. Previous experience: 12 years as mayor. 11 years as either a trustee or mayor pro temWhat are your goals for the town? Continue to keep a watchful eye on the growth in the area make sure the town grows in a quality fashion. Make sure development pays its way.Any changes you would like to see? I’d like to see CDOT and the feds respond to the needs of a small community instead of the numbers in the bigger communities getting all the funds.Biggest issue you see facing the town right now? I’ve been looking at these surveys for the candidates in other towns and they all talk about growth. And they’re right. I’ve been monitoring some traffic flows, and it’s just incredible. It reminds me of the oil shale times – a constant flow of traffic.Do you feel you have the time to commit to the board with meetings and special meetings? Yes. I’ve got more time on my hands now than I did when my kids were growing up.What qualities do you feel you will bring to the town as an elected official? Blowing your own horn is for other people. My record speaks for itself. We’ve gotten a lot accomplished. The emphasis is on “we” and not “me.”Favorite pizza topping? A good spicy Italian sausageHobbies? GolfFavorite TV show/movie/book/author? TV: The History Channel. Book: “The Irish in Kansas City” by Pat O’Neil, my cousin. Movie: “Patton”

Name: Judy BeasleyAge: 63Occupation: Semi-retired, owned and operated the Trading Post for 28 yearsFamily: Husband Dave died last May. He was extremely active in town government. Son, Chris Beasley.How long have you lived in Parachute? since 1967Why are you running for trustee? I have followed the footsteps of my husband. While we need some young people to step forward, I’m just trying to fill a void.Previous experience: Living and breathing in my household. Since we’ve been here, my husband was very involved. I was never extremely involved, but I was on sidelines.What are your goals for the town? I originally thought I could speak to the interests of business, having conducted a business in town for so long. But I would like there to be an awareness about cleaning up the town. The flower program my husband started has helped – planting 40-something barrels. I want to improve the looks of Parachute and promote business.Any changes you would like to see? We need to enforce our laws that have to do with cleaning up. Common property and streets and that which we all have to look at – common areas – should be clean.Biggest issue you see facing the town right now? The competition for employees with the oil and gas industry. And oil and gas needs to be responsible for its impact.Do you feel you have the time to commit to the board with meetings and special meetings? Oh yeah. As I said, I’m pretty much retired.What qualities do you feel you will bring to the town as an elected official? I have a history with this town. Education was my original background. Business, I’ve pursued the last 30 years. I’m pretty well-rounded and bring a balanced point of view.Favorite pizza topping? Cheese and pepHobbies? Music, playing piano and golfFavorite TV show/movie/book/author? TV Show: Boston Legal. Book: “Good Grief”Contact Amanda Holt Miller: 945-8515, ext.

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