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Letter: Richardson an asset

Dan Richardson is a quiet giant in our valley community. He is incredibly humble and therefore not getting the press he deserves as the future mayor of Carbondale.

You’ve undoubtedly heard of Dan’s numerous character attributes and experience qualifications that would make him an excellent mayor. I want to tell you a quick story that exemplifies just two of the many qualities that make this man who he is and why I will be voting for him.

Of all the coaches I have had in my life and of those I’ve seen coach our son, there has never been one who has led by example as Dan Richardson did for the Carbondale Baseball Rec League in 2015.

Who doesn’t value fairness? I know I do and most young children struggle with it daily. Enter Dan’s fairness log for player field time/position/batting order. Not only did it take the bite out of being “less important than others,” as our son would say, parents had no concerns about why their little star wasn’t out on the field. It simply wasn’t their turn.

What could be more important in running an effective Town Council meeting than making sure the leader is fair and firm and respectful?

Commitment: When Dan’s son made it to the all-stars and could no longer play with our team, Dan did not bail. He held to his commitment to our team, missing some of his own son’s games. He knew how important it was to our children to continue what he started and he did.

Additionally, given the recent news of our tight city coffers in Carbondale we are in dire need of a mayor who will be measured and thoughtful in approaching spending priorities.

Dan would be a mayor who stays the course for our community, who has shown years of dedication, has leadership and budget experience on numerous boards and reflects high moral standards in our turbulent times.

I am excited we have such a fantastic candidate to follow in the footsteps of our previous mayors, who have set a high bar in Carbondale.

Carrie Podl Haberern

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