Letter: O’Flaherty, Why you should vote for Richard Cimino, Grand County Commissioner
September 20, 2016
Why you should vote for Richard Cimino, Grand County Commissioner
Grand County residents will be going to the voting booth this November and be faced with many difficult choices. The race for the President has unfortunately cast a dark shadow over politics in general, and made the average citizen frustrated and distrustful. That being said I think we have the opportunity to take a positive step and feel good about casting one vote. That would be voting for Richard Cimino as our newest Grand County Commissioner. I believe that Grand County needs a commissioner that can bring new perspectives along with a tremendous amount of practical experience. Rich is a recently retired member of the Air Force, having served for 21 years, including combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. He served in the capacity of Intelligence Officer. His military career has provided him a significant amount of experience that will benefit our community greatly. He has managed budgets in excess of $100 million, managed departments of personnel in excess of 300, overseen infrastructure projects involving water, roads, telecommunications and housing. In addition to his practical experiences and skills developed in the Air Force he has an above average educational background that provides a solid base for effectively dealing with complex issues, problem solving and analytical thinking. Rich is a graduate of the Air Force Academy with a Bachelor's Degree in Geography, and also holds two Master's Degrees, a Master of Business Administration from New Mexico State University, and a Master of Strategic Intelligence from the National Defense Intelligence College. In addition, he taught as a University Professor for three years for the National Intelligence University in Washington D.C., teaching primarily Masters Students. Simply stated, Rich is a fast learner, and someone who can take that knowledge and impart it to others. He wants to bring this skill set to the position of Commissioner. Besides his experience and education Rich is a true community member. He is a member of the Lions Club, Rotary Club, American Legion, volunteers as a Middle School football coach and is a Bible School Teacher. His three children attend EGSD Schools and his wife, Nicki, is a fifth grade teacher at Fraser Valley Elementary. As stated in the beginning of my letter, we are going through a period politics that is unprecedented and unfortunate. I can truly say that having someone to vote for, like Rich Cimino, is reassuring and hopeful. A vote that you can actually feel proud to cast.