Letter: Edelson, We need a commissioner who cares
June 1, 2016
We need a commissioner who cares
The turmoil at our County Board has now reached the point where it has paralyzed the entire county government. It is now unable to accomplish even basic functions like earning interest on excess cash or hiring a county manager. This dysfunction has actually gotten worse since Jane Tollett took over as District 1 Commissioner. Attacking dedicated public servants has not helped solve the crisis. Instead it destroyed morale and made communication even worse. Ms. Tollett has repeatedly reversed herself on key issues like the Henderson Mine tax break and her own pay raise, and didn't even show up at the Democratic Assembly to receive her own nomination. This lack of care wastes everyone else's energy and causes needless animosity. While Ms. Tollett is a highly accomplished multinational corporate executive, she doesn't have sufficient familiarity with our slow-paced rural community to appreciate how our county government has worked in the past, nor has she demonstrated the types of skills needed to get it working again.
Andy Miller does. He has lived here over 40 years, building his general contractor's business and growing along with the county. He also built the Broome Hut and other iconic Grand County structures that made our already beautiful county even better. He is a lifelong Democrat, unlike Ms. Tollett who switched parties less than a year ago, just in time to gain appointment to James Newberry's former seat. Most importantly, Miller is a good listener. We need a commissioner who hears what we say and cares what we think instead of imposing top-down "solutions" on us. Please vote for Andy Miller for District 1 Commissioner.