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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

From Rifle to Aspen, Summer of Jazz at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood has been a well-known tradition for thousands of people to attend every Wednesday night. To discontinue this event would break my heart and direct my friends and family toward a different location to spend money on other entertainment elsewhere.

I hope everyone will remember their fun past times enjoyed at Two Rivers Park and realize this mistake before it’s too late. Canceling Summer of Jazz would dull the summertime for much of the younger generation.

Please keep Summer of Jazz!

Audra Weston


My name is Ed Cortez and I am running for Mayor of Carbondale.

Carbondale and the Roaring Fork Valley is in the midst of economic crossroads unlike anything we have ever witnessed. What actions and decisions we take now to assure our economic future will affect all aspects of Town life for years to come. To overcome these challenges will require a collaborative effort from our citizens, the business community, Town staff, Board of Trustees and a Mayor with the vision, experience and leadership to tackle this issue and all issues we face as a Community.

Carbondale has been my home for 16 years. During that time, I’ve seen incredible growth and prosperity. Unfortunately, that prosperity has been seriously jeopardized by our economic hardships. I believe in the resiliency and the strength of our Community. That resiliency is a dynamic that will get us back to prosperity. As Mayor, I will focus on that dynamic to codify the divisions in our Community that have paralyzed progress in the past. This will be the focus of my campaign. Through leadership, civic engagement, and a common-sense approach to government, I see a new vision for Carbondale, a vision that will face the challenges of the future co-operatively and sensibly. I call this “A New Reality”.

My 12 years of public service to Carbondale, (six years on the Planning and Zoning commission and six years as Trustee and Mayor Pro-Tem, as well as tenures on the Board of Directors of various organizations), have afforded me a deep insight to the needs and expectations of our citizens. The maturity and integrity I will bring to the office of Mayor is based on a lifetime of experience that goes beyond the confines of Carbondale.

I have always and will continue to champion those issues that set Carbondale apart from other communities. Affordable housing, renewable energy, smart growth, our non-profit community, Senior programs and Transportation are critical issues I advocate and I believe set me apart. However, the key issue facing us today is an assurance of an economic future. Our success and prosperity hinges on our ability to discuss and move forward with an economic development plan that meets the needs of all our citizens and assures the Character of Carbondale.

In these critical times, Carbondale needs a Mayor that is approachable and listens to the concerns of its citizens; a Mayor that will not be swayed by special interests or is self-serving; a Mayor that is open-minded and flexible; and a Mayor who is willing to commit the time necessary to fulfill the requirements of this important position. I believe I am that person.

Please vote on April 6 for Ed Cortez, Mayor of Carbondale.

Ed Cortez


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