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Letter: Emily Tracy walks the talk

Emily Tracy is someone we desperately need representing our Western Slope folks in our Colorado Senate District 8, a huge district with Garfield County, Routt, Summit, Jackson, Rio Blanco and Moffat counties. She has traveled it extensively on listening tours, both this and during the last election cycle. She narrowly lost last time. We all need to make sure and get out the vote for her better this time.

Look at her bio at http://www.emilytracy.com and you see someone who cares about children, especially around those ending up in foster care, a land use planner who won’t support giving up our public lands to end up with the highest bidder, a mediator, a proven small business supporter through the Summit chamber. She wants to help us with stronger rural economic development; families need more good-paying jobs around here.

A CMC professor of ethics, leadership and sustainability, she walks the talk; she supports clean energy and clean water — something the Rockies used to be known for. She wants to help revitalize our outdoor/tourism economy. She advocates for simple and logical solutions like improving our traction laws by simply requiring either snow tires or a set of $30 chains in the car ready to go on I-70 in winter, so the tourists we want to see in winter actually do make it here, instead of shutting down main arteries like I-70, sometimes costing lives, and every time, many tens of thousands of dollars in lost revenue to local businesses. Her Trump-supporting opponent actually voted no on a bill for that.

A woman recently told me she was really happy they finally paid off their mortgage, as their health insurance from Blue Cross/Blue Shield for their family of four, with a $10,000 deductible, had gone up to almost $1,900 per month. My jaw was on the floor. Emily is seriously concerned about high health-care costs on the Western Slope and the impacts this has on our families and communities.

We need Emily Tracy representing us as our area state senator. Please vote for her.

Cheers!

Michael Gibson

Glenwood Springs


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