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Letter: Stevens boosts Basalt

Over the last 20-plus years, Rick Stevens has accomplished so much in bringing the Basalt community together. Getting to know Rick is like getting a history lesson of Basalt and the greater Roaring Fork Valley. His kind spirit and genuine nature is the embodiment of small town character.

I am voting for Rick to be our next mayor of Basalt because he has no personal agenda. Rick will collaborate with community and most importantly work as a team with town staff and council.

Basalt deserves a mayor who is smart and realistic with good intentions for the greater good of the community. Basalt needs a leader who will not cause conflict and division, but bring us together. We all can’t agree on every issue but we need an honest, responsible leader who will not divide our town. With critical, time and budget-sensitive projects such as the Southside Underpass at stake, we need a leader who can see past their individual agenda and recognize where town resources ought to be directed (Thank you Mike Scanlon for keeping us in check.)

Personally, I find it unsettling that our mayor would vote against the recommendation of our town attorney, who stated a petition to purchase the CDC parcel was illegal according to state law. There was nothing dismissive about the council vote – they simply voted to abide by the law, our mayor voted to break it

Rick Stevens will represent our town with honesty, integrity and vision of a future Basalt for our children and grandchildren. He represents a vision that supports sustainable initiatives, walkable neighborhoods and a thoughtful balance of open space and development. He has a 20-plus-year history of working collaboratively with the citizens of Basalt to accomplish dozens of community enhancing projects.

Basalt deserves a solid candidate who is honest, fair-minded and extremely devoted to our community.

Denise Latousek


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