I write in favor of Sean McCoy’s candidacy as Ward 3 representative for Longmont City Council. Although I live in Ward 2, his actions on council affect me, particularly with respect to airport issues. I appreciate his thoughtful approach to citywide matters like budget, growth and water management.
I am a licensed pilot and former airplane owner, and I live within the landing pattern of the airport. Sean understands that, in contrast to what has been printed in these pages recently and seized upon by his opponent, lengthening the runway will not abate takeoff noise. When you take off you use full throttle even if you have 10 miles of runway in front of you! And are you among the many residents whose only airport concern is the jump plane’s noise? Then surely you don’t expect the total noise to be reduced by opening the runway capacity in the expectation of an (actually unlikely) fleet of corporate jets.
I sit on Longmont’s Water Board, and I appreciate Sean’s understanding of water issues as they relate to Longmont water’s long-term security. Our water supply is affected by climate change and the interplay of agriculture and municipal growth. These factors are complex in their interactions — some are within our ability to control; others ultimately depend on worldwide cooperation. Sean pays attention to the various forces at play. He is not himself an expert in water matters, but he has the judgment to pay proper attention to what he is told by experts and to incorporate that information in making decisions for the interest of the citizenry at large.
Additionally I know Sean and his family on a personal basis, and I enthusiastically attest to his fine character and his devotion to the residents of Longmont. Please vote for Sean McCoy.