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Opinion: Please vote for Free Press Locals’ Choice

Ben Rogers
Free Press Opinion Columnist

For everyone who has voted in the first edition of the Free Press Locals’ Choice, thank you!

We have been amazed at the number of nominations and the number of votes we have received. As I am writing this column, we are at a total of 1,288 nominated businesses, people and events, and over 10,000 votes. With this being our first time running a ballot, we just want to express our gratitude.

Voting will last until Aug. 21, so make sure to go to http://www.GJFreePress.com to vote. Once we have all the votes tallied we will be reaching out to the businesses and people who were the top choices in each category. We will then publish our results section in September, where we will make public announcements on the winners.

We are happy to help create buzz around local businesses that make our valley unique. That is what this campaign is all about. It’s a way for the Free Press to help get the word out about the many great things our community has to offer.

A lot has changed over the last few years, and more change is sure to come, but the core that makes Grand Junction and the Grand Valley unique is still here. We have had to bid farewell to many great businesses, most recently Naggy McGee’s — which will be closing this weekend and leaving a void that will be hard to fill. Despite our losses, we have gained many great businesses as well. With the Avalon Theatre set to re-open Sept. 17 and new businesses opening each month, we are moving in the right direction. This week we will also be welcoming back Colorado Mesa University students for the fall semester.

We have a great town and a great community. For all of us who love this town, get out there and enjoy this season. It is the locals who make a place unique. So keep it up, and make sure to vote for your favorite businesses, people, date spots and hikes.

If you have any questions about the voting process, ideas for new categories or want to share your opinion, give us a call, 970-243-2200, or send me an email, brogers@gjfreepress.com. We would love to hear from you.

Ben Rogers is general manager of the GJ Free Press. He may be reached at brogers@gjfreepress.com.

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