The choice is clear

October 15, 2012

Garfield County

Candidates for Commissioner District 2 speak out
Aleks Briedis and Mike Samson

Candidates for Commissioner District 3 speak out
 Sonja Linman and John Martin

In his October 2 letter to the editor, Jeff Fandrich said: “John Martin has always listened … I know, because he’s listened to me …” Martin listens because Fandrich works for Bill Barrett Corp.

In his October 11 OpEd, Mike Samson said, “I have done what I felt is in the best interest for Garfield County.” Behind his smile Samson wears two faces, as a county commissioner and chairman of Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado (AGNC) he has placed special interests — profit over people — at every opportunity.

Last month when I complained publicly about poor air quality in Silt, both commissioner candidates, Aleks Briedis and Sonja Linman contacted me about my concerns. Did I hear from Martin or Samson? Of course not.

On September 18, a Citizen – Candidate Discussion Forum on the Impacts of Oil and Natural Gas Development in Garfield County was held at the Silt Community Center. Commissioners Martin and Samson didn’t bother to show up, although they were invited. However candidates Aleks Briedis and Sonja Linman were among the first to arrive and the last to leave. They demonstrated the capability and eagerness to work together on the tough issues. Our conversation lasted two and half hours. Aleks Briedis said, “I could talk about these issues all night.” Sonja Linman said, “We need more public discussions like this.”

From water quality to air quality to education, the quality of life for residents here in western Garfield County has declined in ways that were unimaginable in 2008, because Martin and Samson put special interests in the oil and gas industry over public health, welfare, and the environment. Briedis and Linman have shown us over and over during this campaign season the only special interests they intend to serve are the residents of Garfield County.

This election the choice is clear. We need the combined talents of these two exceptional community leaders to restore county governance to the people.

Vote for Aleks Briedis and Sonja Linman.


Linman2012 Your  Voice — Our Future

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