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Letter: Kaup best equipped

Glenwood Springs voters are fortunate to have a strong field of candidates in the race for the at-large seat on City Council. Of the four, Shelley Kaup is best equipped with the experience, knowledge and vision needed to guide our city.

Shelley’s work during her previous term on council, from 2007-11, and her years of service on city commissions, resulted in vital improvements.

Shelley worked to bring decision-makers together to ensure the new Glenwood Springs library would be built downtown. Shelley led council’s efforts to find permanent funding for the Summer of Music, and to help community garden advocates find a workable garden location.

Prior to serving on City Council, Shelley recognized the need for a neighborhood park in West Glenwood, led the effort to propose Gregory Park, and organized neighbors to plan a park that fit their needs. The project attracted grant funding and was under way within a year.

She has been a persistent advocate for pedestrian and bicycle improvements, for the Ride Glenwood bus service and in finding workable ways to deal with traffic congestion.

These are just a few examples of Shelley’s collaborative accomplishments, and they illustrate the experience, knowledge and vision she will bring to City Council.

Shelley will continue to work for safe routes for walking and cycling, for expanded in-town bus service and for better street maintenance. She will work for long-term upgrades to our transportation network, including the 27th Street Bridge, South Midland Avenue and, with Garfield County’s participation, the South Bridge.

She will also work to re-establish an in-town recycling center, bring more renewable energy to the city’s electric utility and find more options for quality, affordable child care.

Shelley is driven by a spirited desire to nurture the sense of community that we enjoy in Glenwood Springs. She believes in listening to people and empowering all of us to work together.

I am voting for Shelley Kaup in the at-large race for City Council, and I urge you to vote for her as well.

Heather McGregor
Glenwood Springs

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