There have been rumors circulated in regard to the mayoral election in Cherry Hills Village. We know that at least one rumor is untrue. Having listened to the candidates opposing Mayor Tisdale, we are sure that no one on the opposing “slate” would have circulated it because we are convinced they are all honest citizens of the Village that simply have viewpoints that differ from the mayor’s.
The rumor is that City Manager John Patterson would resign if Doug Tisdale is re-elected. We’ve always believed in approaching a problem directly so we simply asked John whether there was any truth to this rumor. His reply was the equivalent of “Nonsense!” We were pleased with his response because we know John and have appreciated his actions and comments at the many council meetings we have attended as well as his former competence as police chief. It’s alarming that rumors occur far outside the boundary of honest differences.
We must confess, we have seen few of the new candidates for council at the council meetings in the past so it is difficult to understand why some appear to oppose the many valuable activities the mayor has undertaken on behalf of the Village and reported upon at the meetings. They must be aware that he does not vote unless there is a tie. Village actions have had to be approved by the council majority.
As members of the community, we have seen no obvious dissent when we attend the open meetings. Much of the discontent appears to come from persons that do not appear to have participated in the functions of the council and mayor during the most recent administration.
I hope the citizens of Cherry Hills Village will look objectively at what has been accomplished on their behalf by the council and Mayor Tisdale and are not sidetracked by persons who have had little recent experience with the Village’s progressive activities. We ought re-elect him to continue his conscientious advocacy on our behalf.
Alice and Fred Abrams
Cherry Hills Village
Martha is not running against the Republicans, but rather for the residents of Arapahoe County. As a practicing lawyer in the County for 38 years specializing in estate planning, probate and elder law, Martha has also served on the County’s Ethics and Budget Review Committees and on the 18th Judicial District Nominating Committee. She is aware of some of the inequities that face many of the middle and lower income residents of the county and would like to participate in finding solutions to remedy the needs of that population. One of Martha’s top priorities would be to bring programs that benefit the greatest number of people in the county, such as strengthening the middle class by bringing affordable housing to Arapahoe County. She would address the needs of the growing senior population. Another area of concern of which Martha is aware of that may affect the environment is fracking. Economical disparity is another area of concern for Martha. She would also like to bring balance to the County Commission by addressing the needs of the underserved in the county. As a county commissioner, Martha’s concerns would not be politically motivated, but rather a concern for all residents of Arapahoe County.
As reported in The Villager last week, Rep. Republican Kathleen Conti (HD 38) has corrected the campaign-finance discrepancies filed in a complaint by Betty Harris, a supporter of Conti’s Democrat opponent. These discrepancies were mostly late reporting of campaign contributions by Conti’s volunteer campaign treasurer who was required to spend weeks out of state dealing with her aging mother’s dementia. They were technical in nature and did not require any legal action. When Rep. Conti became aware of the problem, she responded to correct any and all errors.
Having been Rep. Conti’s campaign-finance manager for the last two elections, I’m well aware of her honesty and integrity. She has the highest standards for herself and her volunteers. The oversights by her volunteer treasurer were just that – unfortunate oversights. Kudo’s to Rep. Conti for responding to this situation quickly and openly.
Colorado HD 38 is indeed fortunate to have a representative that is so responsive and transparent, especially when faced with difficult situations beyond her control.
Campaign finance manager for Rep. Kathleen Conti
This year we have the opportunity to elect a smart, honest, experienced leader to head the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office. That man is Dave Walcher, and I encourage all my neighbors to vote for him.
Walcher’s experience makes him uniquely qualified for the job – and he is much more qualified than his opponent. Walcher has 33 years of Colorado law enforcement experience, a master’s degree in criminal justice, plus additional advanced training from the FBI and other leading centers.
I have two young daughters and like all parents, I worry for my kids’ safety. I serve on the South Metro Fire Rescue Authority Board of Directors to ensure that my kids, and all our kids and family members, are protected by a top-notch fire and ambulance service. I want our sheriff and police departments to also be top notch. If we want an excellent Sheriff’s Office, we all should vote for Dave Walcher.
Treasurer, South Metro Fire Rescue Authority
The Villager recently reported that Democrat Betty Harris filed a complaint against Colorado state Rep. Kathleen Conti (HD 38) claiming, among other things, that there were unreported campaign items such as yard signs. Mr. Bowen wrote, “She has not reported thousands of dollars probably spent for yard signs, literature, paid canvassers…”
Terry and I are part of more than 50 unpaid part-time volunteers working to re-elect the Honorable Rep. Conti. Our responsibility included picking up hundreds of yard signs from the 2012 election and storing them. During this year’s election, another volunteer and I used those same yard signs so that the Conti campaign would not incur the needless expense of buying new signs. It was my great pleasure to help the team canvas and place signs on Franklin Street in yards near Rep. Conti’s opponent’s residence. We hope it didn’t scare him too badly.
The Conti campaign wisely used previously purchased yard signs. Rep. Conti has always run a clean, bi-partisan and grassroots campaign using many volunteers. On rare occasions, a volunteer might have an oversight or forget something, but that can happen to anyone. It is a pleasure to volunteer for someone like Rep. Conti who has such high standards.
Jim and Terry Hargis
In the 1960s, that phrase was everywhere, meant to show that women were becoming more independent and confident than ever. If you look at the single-issue campaign Sen. Udall is running today, you’d think we were back in the 1960s fighting for women’s rights. We should be hearing about all that he’s done for us in his two decades in Washington, D.C. Sadly, his campaign blankets the airwaves with negative ad after negative ad, trumpeting a faux “war on women.”
While Colorado workers fear layoff notices, struggle with the skyrocketing cost of their health insurance, stress about the rising cost of living, and worry about threats from ISIL, Sen. Udall spends millions of dollars in advertising about a non-existent threat to contraception and abortion. Sen. Udall voted with the president 99 percent of the time. Now he’s trying to distract us from his disastrous record with an election year gimmick.
Sen. Udall would have you believe that his opponent, Congressman Cory Gardner, doesn’t respect women and doesn’t believe that they can make their own health care decisions. I believe that women can, and should, make health care decisions that are right for them. I know Congressman Gardner believes the same. So why can’t Sen. Udall show women that he respects us by being honest with us and discussing issues that truly matter in our everyday lives?
I’m disappointed in Sen. Udall – both because he has had 16 years to sponsor legislation to help Coloradans and, having failed to do that, is now attacking his opponent with millions of dollars in negative ads. Sen. Udall seems to be living in the past, when these issues were settled decades ago. Fortunately, Coloradans will send Cory Gardner to the United States Senate – a senator who will finally be concerned with the forward thinking women of today and Colorado’s future.
State Rep. Libby Szabo
Why have GMOs never been labeled since first introduced in the ‘90s? Genetically modified organisms are now in most American foods – with no way to know. Americans have grown sicker and more obese than citizens in all other developed countries. I’ve beaten debilitating illness only after many years of figuring out food ingredients. Regardless, I’m tired of decrypting labels, while most countries require American manufacturers to label GMO foods.
Chemical companies that develop GMO seeds spend hundreds of millions of dollars lobbying against labeling in the U.S. They dictate GMO safety based solely upon their own research – while worldwide masses of farmers, scientists and organizations cry out the myriad perils of GMO industry. Consumers should know genetically engineered crops are designed specifically to withstand high levels of toxic synthetic pesticides, (the latest being D-2,4, a main ingredient in the agent orange biowarfare defoliant in Vietnam). They are patented species borne of crossing DNAs impossible to create in nature – such as virus or animal DNA with varieties of plants (or animals).
But Proposition 105 is not about banning or warning about GMOs. It is strictly about labeling GMO packaged foods – (excepting meat and dairy). Whatever your political or scientific stance, without GMO labeling there is no choice. Vote YES on 105.
In a Letter to the Editor, Democratic candidate for House District 38, Robert Bowen, falsely accused incumbent, Rep. Kathleen Conti of “filing false campaign disclosures.” He further goes to say, “She has not reported thousands of dollars probably spent for yard signs, literature, paid canvassers, handouts at Western Welcome Week, or the cost of renting the hall and food for her August fundraiser.” As a first-hand witness, I have seen Rep. Conti recruit volunteer walkers and I and many other volunteers have walked with her; she does not have paid canvassers walking her precincts. Conti has worked tirelessly to get her district walked this summer as she has done for each of her successful campaigns.
Laura Christman and I met more than 30 years ago and have shared being moms, lawyers and business partners across these three decades. Today, Cherry Hills Village has the opportunity to elect her its mayor.
Like many who work daily to keep Cherry Hills the lovely, semi-rural refuge we cherish, Laura has volunteered hundreds of hours and her considerable skills in zoning, town planning and land preservation over the last eight years, including serving on and now chairing the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Laura runs public meetings with efficient good humor, ensuring everyone present is heard and respected and decisions are fair. Her work has earned the endorsement of her mayoral candidacy by at least three former mayors, five of the six current city council members and the leaders of most of the city’s boards and commissions.
She has developed deep knowledge and appreciation of the legal, economic, and human aspects of the challenges facing Cherry Hills Village, including increased traffic, noise and pressure for development as surrounding communities grow exponentially, security and privacy for our residents and the many children who come into Cherry Hills daily to attend school, and dwindling opportunities to purchase or seek grants of open space or conservation easements as large properties are passed to the next generation or sold for development.
Your vote for Laura Christman is a vote for proven competence, effective leadership and trusted stewardship.
Former member and chair, Cherry Hills Village Board of Adjustment and Appeals
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