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Letter: Cheney the servant

Jeff Cheney has mastered his craft as an attorney. As a courtroom lawyer his grasp of the rules of evidence is unsurpassed. In the field of criminal justice he is intimately familiar with the rules of criminal procedure. In the courtroom he is a master tactician who displays fairness, a professional demeanor and a vast array of knowledge. He possesses the utmost respect for the accused, for defense counsel, for the court and for the process. He is, in my view, the best trial lawyer in the Roaring Fork Valley. This is Jeff Cheney, the prosecutor. However, this is not the whole of the man.

Jeff has a heart for others. He displays selflessness in many moving and powerful ways. Let me share one with you. During a holiday weekend late one spring, Jeff and I and our families shared a cabin in the mountains. As we prepared to return home on Monday, Jeff spotted a man floating face-down in the swollen and swift waters of Anthracite Creek. Without hesitation Jeff dashed to the water, plunged himself chest deep into the raging torrent, and single-handedly pulled the man from the deadly waters. He immediately began performing CPR and continued to do so until paramedics arrived. These actions he took for a complete stranger without regard for his own life or safety. This is Jeff Cheney, the man.

Jeff Cheney is a person you can trust to be a servant in the truest sense of the word. He will serve the people of the 9th Judicial District well and faithfully. Moreover, he will do so selflessly, with consummate professionalism and with humbleness of heart. He is not in this race for himself. He is in it for you.

Martin C. Beeson
Beijing, China

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