Grand County has been capably represented by Udall
To the Editor:
Grand County was one of several counties to wisely elect Mark Udall as our representative to the United States House of Representatives, where he has served since 1998. Now Mark Udall is asking for our vote to elect him to represent all of the state of Colorado in the United States Senate.
Despite the fact that he represents a much larger constituency on the Front Range, Mark Udall has been a very good representative for Grand County.
During the debate about the proposed James Peak Wilderness Area, Udall listened to the Grand County commissioners and their constituents and compromised to have the area in Grand County designated as the James Peak Protection Area (in 2002) so that bicycles, snowmobiles and driving cars on roads would continue to be allowed in the area.
Mark Udall supported Betty Dick in her fight against the federal government. Because of Udall’s intervention, she was allowed to stay on her homestead in Rocky Mountain National Park until her death in 2006.
Aware of the devastation and fire danger that the mountain pine beetle has caused in Grand County and other mountain communities, Mark Udall has worked in a bi-partisan way to pass significant legislation to help solve these problems.
Mark Udall has spent many years supporting the development of renewable resources for our energy needs. At the same time, he recognizes the continuing need for oil and gas extraction in the state of Colorado. He has worked hard with communities of the Western Slope to ensure that oil shale is developed in an environmentally responsible manner.
Unfortunately, Swift Boat advertising has come to Colorado. These organizations use scare tactics, half truths and outright lies to convince you that a candidate or issue is evil. These out-of-state organizations have already spent $12 million attacking Mark Udall. They represent big business and big oil companies. They know that Mark Udall is going to work for YOU and not for them.
Four years ago I met Mark Udall and found him to be a down-to-earth, genuine person.
Mark’s father Morris Udall served 30 years in the U.S. Senate. His uncle Stewart Udall was the secretary of the Interior under the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. Following in his family’s footsteps, Mark Udall is one of the few politicians of our times who is a true statesman. He is known in the halls of Congress as a legislator who is willing to reach across the aisle and work with members of both parties to get things accomplished for us, his constituents.
Mark Udall has proved that he will work for us in Congress. Let’s keep him there by voting for him for the U.S. Senate.
If you wish to learn more about Mark Udall, visit his Web site at http://www.markudall.com.
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