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|July 17-23, 2008
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Why we’re voting for Will Shafroth
As you consider your choices in the upcoming Democratic Primary, we wanted to take a few moments of your time to tell you why we support Will Shafroth and to encourage you to vote for him.
We believe Will Shafroth is the best candidate in the 2nd Congressional District race because he has a proven ability to bring people from diverse backgrounds together for the common good. As a political outsider, Will has the opportunity to bring a much needed fresh perspective with him to the House of Representatives. Congress hasn’t had much success lately, and if we want to change Washington, we need to change the kind of people we send there. Will Shafroth is the best choice to bring honest change to our nation’s capitol.
His leadership at Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) built one of our country’s most successful land conservation programs. That success is owed to Will’s ability to forge partnerships between unlikely allies like ranchers, environmentalists and business leaders. Thanks to Will, we have been able to achieve the shared goals of Coloradans, protecting 325,000 acres of open space and greatly expanding trails and recreational opportunities.
His goal now is to bring these skills — and his vision — to Washington, D.C., where unnecessary conflict and partisanship keep us from moving forward. Will represents the kind of leader whose focus on finding creative solutions can help transcend party politics.
This is a crucial moment. The United States needs to move quickly on energy solutions if we are to maintain our standing in the world, our security, our economic health and our climate. Will is the only candidate in the race who will make energy his top priority.
Will Shafroth is the natural choice to continue the legacy of environmental leadership in the 2nd CD, and he will meet the high standards of collegiality and effectiveness set by Tim Wirth, David Skaggs and Mark Udall. Like his predecessors, he will focus his efforts on protecting our planet and our way of life.
If you know Will, you know his passion for the environment is deeply held. He’s an avid hiker, cyclist, skier and angler, and he is the kind of person who can bring his enthusiasm even to the gray halls of Congress, reminding us all of a perspective that is often lost in policy deliberations.
Will also has a solid grasp of the entire range of issues that are important to the average person in the 2nd District. He pays a mortgage on his family’s home where he and his wife of 22 years are raising their three kids who will soon be of college age. He is helping his elderly mother and father-in-law reckon with the challenges of health care and housing.
Once the underdog in this race, Will has spent long days knocking on doors and learning about the concerns of people in communities throughout the district. He has also worked hard at keeping pace in fundraising with 99 percent of the $1.3 million in contributions to his campaign coming from individual donors.
Will has earned our support by doing the hard work of getting to know his prospective constituents and committing himself fully to a life of public service. The energy he brings to this campaign — and to everything he does — will also allow him to serve us tirelessly as our next representative in Congress.
Please vote for Will and encourage everyone you know to vote for him, too.
Former State House Minority Leader Ruth Wright, Former Secretary of Transportation and Energy Federico Peña, John Fielder, Boulder County Commissioner Ben Pearlman, Former BVSD Board Member Stan Garnett, Boulder Deputy Mayor Crystal Gray, Mayor of Lafayette Chris Cameron, Former Mayor Pro-Tem of Louisville Don Brown, Former Mayor of Lafayette Chris Berry, Mayor of Superior Andrew Muckle, Louisville Councilmember Robert Muckle, Former State Rep Matt Jones, Boulder Council Members Lisa Morzel & Susan Osborne and Former Boulder City Council Member Gwen Dooley.
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