Letter: Cortez for Carbondale
I am a triathlete, and over the years I have trained hundreds of miles from my workplace in Carbondale on the Crystal and Rio Grande trails. The majority of my training miles are traveled alone and after work due to my schedule.
I am deeply disturbed hearing stories from women who have recently been attacked in Carbondale. More disturbing is the time it is taking Mayor Pro Tem Dan Richardson and the board to act in regard to the safety of town residents. I was looking forward to hearing an update on steps being taken now, in the interim of more permanent solutions, at the recent Board of Trustees meeting. It’s been nearly two months since these attacks. All I have heard so far is that I should not be out alone in the evening and I should take self-defense classes.
When considering who will get my vote for mayor; it seems Richardson is more interested in facilitating and running meetings rather than leading the board. He seems like a nice enough guy but lacks experience and knowledge to propose solutions to a dangerous situation. I know he was a huge proponent of the tax initiatives in the last municipal election. He had plenty of ideas as to why it would be all right to impose new taxes. It also appears Trustee Byars is afraid to speak up in the meetings. If the meetings are being run so well why does she not speak up? If she can’t speak up at board meetings, how could she possibly be mayor?
What about Ed Cortez? I like that Cortez believes public safety is and should be a priority for the town. He has ideas for solutions (other than tax increases) and is not afraid to speak out when he sees a problem. I like that he knows Carbondale and has years of experience to lead the board and citizens alike. It’s time to elect a mayor who is accountable and knows how to get things done. I support Ed Cortez for mayor of Carbondale.
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