Letter: Stevens for Basalt mayor
Denise and I decided to move from Aspen to Basalt eight years ago; I never knew I’d someday be writing a letter to the editor endorsing my friend and neighbor Rick Stevens for mayor, but this only goes to show how much we appreciate what he has done for Basalt in the past as well can do for Basalt’s future.
I (Michael) got to know Rick back in the early ’90s when we taught skiing together at Buttermilk. Me, fresh out of college at the time, and Rick a veteran ski instructor, he gave me my first insight into how cool Basalt really is as a community. Rick raised his two boys here in Basalt, so he has not only experienced our schools firsthand but can have an opinion for my wife and our two girls, who are also going through this wonderful Basalt Elementary School.
I ran into Rick skiing Ajax a couple of months ago, and we got talking about the Pan and Fork riverfront park/development, and he pointed out to me that “we really need to keep an eye on our entire community and not get stuck on one project.” This made such a huge impact on me in not only does he care so much about all of Basalt but he also experienced firsthand most of our major projects that occurred in the last 25 years here in Basalt.
He pointed out that of course we do have an amazing opportunity for our future in downtown Basalt but to also not forget about other amenities and projects that will benefit us all besides the downtown riverfront. Having Rick as our mayor gives us huge hope in knowing that our children will get the best representation for our community since Rick can get things done and has proven to get things down for the better.
Michael and Denise Latousek
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