Norm Benson: Observations about the Fraser election
To the Editor:
I am somewhat amused by the Fraser town election campaigns recently.
I do not intend this letter as an endorsement of any of the candidates!
Two weeks ago Fraser didn’t have enough candidates to fill out the ballot. After Clark Lipscomb announced (for trustee), half the folks in town are write-ins.
While I understand why both camps feel like they do, I feel compelled to bring up some points. First, Clark is going to get the votes from his personal base and from folks that either aren’t paying attention or don’t know about the write-in candidates.
Since there are so many write-in candidates, they are going to split the vote widely, and I think assure Clark of getting elected.
Clark thinks that Fraser has been jerking him around on some issues. The folks running against Clark see him as the “greedy land baron” that wants to take over the whole valley. There is probably some truth and a whole lot of BS to both sides.
What is gospel fact, is that no matter who gets on the Fraser council, they are going to get some education.
I am a fairly long-term resident of Fraser. I came here in 1954. I don’t like all the development, and I especially wish that land that used to be Denver Water Board land had been put in conservation easements, and available for public recreational use.
However, I have to assume that Grand Park and Cornerstone bought the land legally, are making the payments, and keeping up on the taxes. Therefore, I really don’t feel that I – or you – can tell them what to do with their land.
Only Cheri Sanders can claim that she is not here because of developers; all the rest are here solely because of development. Both Cheri and I depend on the development. All of the rest of the candidates are here totally because of development that has happened: All of us have benefited in some way from Clark’s enterprises.
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