BY FREDA MIKLIN
Tory Leviton has lived in Cherry Hills Village for three years. He is troubled by the tone and tenor of the current election for mayor and city council members. He came to the city council Oct. 16 to express his concerns. He wanted to be heard and he wanted to put it on the record.
Leviton said he was upset by divisive political issues. He said, “I like to think that as a community, we should work on inclusion and commit to progress…We’re all in this together. Rather than looking at how we’re different rather than how we’re similar… I’ve been blasted by social media, in my mailbox, phone calls, texts, email, everywhere, I just cannot avoid it. I’m here to speak my mind about how upset I am that the politics have gotten to this place.”
He went on, “I wanted to specifically address the #Save Quincy. I see where it started saving Quincy from this roundabout, but I also want to look at what “save” means. Is it really threatened? I don’t think a roundabout is a great idea, but I don’t think it’s going to ruin Quincy forever. Second, what is Quincy? My address is directly on that corner. I’m the one you guys have to work with if land has to get shifted around. What does Quincy mean? Is it a community? Is it a street? … I don’t know if Quincy needs saving necessarily. I’d rather see, strengthen Quincy, develop community on Quincy, do positive things…. There’s so much opportunity in this community… I see a lot of energy going into trying to divide everyone rather than trying to bring us all together…Save Quincy has somehow morphed into, save Quincy from certain (city) council members. Apparently, they’re being targeted. I know it because they’re reaching out for my support. I’d rather see us save Quincy from division, save Quincy from infighting…”
Leviton finished with, “The election will bring closure… I hope many of you have some ideas that will help me feel included as a community member, respected as a community member…. We’re all neighbors… I love this place. I’m very optimistic for progress, working together for unity, and looking forward to a positive future for Cherry Hills Village.”
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