To the Editor:
After careful consideration, watching the last debate streamed online, and several discussions over morning coffee, we have decided to cross party lines, vote for, and endorse two Republicans for county commissioner, Chas McConnell and Merrit Linke.
Both Chas and Merrit are successful business owners in Grand County, who we believe have the best skills to give Grand County business owners and those who make a living in the real estate and construction industries an opportunity to not only survive, but thrive in this difficult economy. In addition to being successful Grand County business owners, Chas and Merrit are longtime locals and political outsiders, who we believe have the best ideas to create a dynamic support system to both attract new business to Grand County and halt the ever-escalating number of failed businesses and families forced to leave Grand County due to our sluggish economy.
Chas and Merrit are the candidates most focused on and capable of improving our economy while maintaining our local character that makes this community special.
We believe Chas and Merrit will be good stewards of the environment and natural resources in Grand County.
I (David) was involved with the school budget issues faced by Grand County school districts in 2011 as a member of the Ad Hoc Budget Committee tasked with solving those issues. We firmly believe that there was no individual who spent more time and is more responsible for preserving Fraser Valley Elementary School than Chas McConnell. Chas did not accept the purported budget crisis declared by the East Grand School Board at face value. He dissected the East Grand School Budget and knew even before the superintendent that, in fact, there was no budget crisis.
We believe that Chas will bring the same oversight, determination and ability to seek out the facts to the county commissioner seat. There is no person that we know who we would prefer watching our tax dollars than Chas McConnell.
We believe that Chas and Merrit are the right commissioners to bring new direction, creativity, and sound decision-making to Grand County. We believe that Chas and Merrit will bring greater accountability, transparency, and efficiencies to our county government. Chas and Merrit are leaders that we would feel privileged to follow.
We encourage Grand County voters, regardless of political party, to vote for Chas McConnell and Merrit Linke for county commissioner.
David and Meara Michel
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