Sheriff’s candidates focused on the issues |

Sheriff’s candidates focused on the issues

Garfield County Clerk Mildred Alsdorf was correct in asking Sheriff Tom Dalessandri to remove a link on the county’s website that went to a site designed by a campaign volunteer.

Although it seems to have been an honest mistake by Glenwood Springs attorney Don Kaufman, the site’s webmaster, the link was far too campaign-oriented to appear on the county-sponsored website.

That the sheriff’s link included a solicitation for campaign donations clearly sent it over the limit.

The website offered plenty of other valuable and nonpolitical information about public safety, particularly the fires and mudslides that have plagued the county this summer.

But any Internet presence of the official county government should clearly be separated from political messages. When it was brought to his attention, Dalessandri agreed and broke the site away.

And to his credit, Dalessandri’s opponent, Republican Lou Vallario, called the web link “an honest mistake” and declined to file a campaign complaint.

Dalessandri’s quick reaction showed his desire to maintain a clean campaign. Both candidates seem focused on the issues, and that’s where our interests lie as well.

– Heather McGregor, Managing Editor

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