I wish to say thank you to all of the Ouray County voters who voted in the 2012 election. To my supporters, thank you. I am truly honored to have been selected to serve Ouray County for a second term as county commissioner. To everyone, I want nothing more than to find ways to work together, because we all love Ouray County and we all want the best for our communities, land, water, and livelihoods.
A strong democracy cannot exist without having informed and engaged citizens. Democracy also cannot exist without having multiple candidates come forward to provide open dialogue on policies and issues and to give voters choices. I wish to thank my opponent Jack Flowers for being willing to step forward as a candidate. He is a good man and neighbor. Our race was tough, and I appreciate that we were able to have positive campaigns centered on the issues. I sincerely hope Jack continues to be interested and will be active in county government.
No candidate runs without a lot of support, help, and sacrifice from family members and volunteers. I want to thank my husband Jeff and our kids for handling the extra stress and challenges of this campaign year with unending grace and understanding. Many thanks also go to the volunteers who opened their homes and businesses, and contributed with their hands, minds, and hearts.
Last, I wish to thank The Watch owners and staff for providing thorough coverage of our local government affairs and of this election. Having a good, local, fair, free press is an amenity that I think we sometimes take for granted. To have reporters waiting for returns and writing articles at the midnight hour shows your dedication to our communities and counties.
I encourage anyone with a county matter on their mind to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org), call me (970/258-0836), or stop by my office at 380 W. Clinton in the Lupita’s building.
– Lynn Padgett