A great threat to us all is the huge increase in fracking, the current method of hydraulic fracturing for mining natural gas, with 100,000 new wells to be drilled in Colorado. A Denver Post editorial took a position that municipalities do not need more control over drilling on their land because the state of Colorado already has strong regulations. These regulations, championed by Colorado Environmental Coalition and others, are meaningless because they have not prevented the great environmental damage to air quality, drinking water, public health and property values near fracked areas in Colorado. We read examples of this in Weld County and now in Erie.
Garry Sanfacon takes the strongest pro-environment position of any county commissioner candidate. Garry has been publicly opposed to GMOs since 2004 and, unlike other candidates, is committed to a ban on GMOs and fracking. Hundreds of communities across the nation, regardless of their political affiliations, have taken this courageous approach.
Garry Sanfacon will also introduce a resolution prohibiting county commissioners from seeking a job with the county for 24 months and supports a county resolution for overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling. He himself has no political ambitions beyond the stewardship of Boulder County.
Garry Sanfacon is the candidate who most represents common values for a viable community, healthy environment and political justice.
By Padma Wick
Garry Sanfacon is committed to providing bold leadership and action on behalf of the residents of Boulder County. Will Toor is term-limited. Garry Sanfacon, a Nederland resident, will make a great county commissioner because he has spent the last 8 years listening, watching, learning, growing and doing as he prepares to serve the people of Boulder County.
An active member of the Boulder County community and county employee, Garry has worked with all sectors and geographic areas of the county.
Two of Garry’s top priorities are having people at the center of decision-making and ensuring transparency. Garry says “I intend to make myself accessible so I can listen to peoples’ concerns and ideas and keep people informed about County business. I will hold regularly scheduled ‘Coffee with the Commissioner’ in locations throughout the county.”
As a civically-engaged Longmont resident, I can attest to Garry’s Longmont involvement for the last 8 years in issues that matter (most recently stopping fracking).
As county commissioner, Garry’s action items include: 1) Banning GMO’s on open space; 2) Proposing a resolution prohibiting Commissioners from seeking County jobs for 24 months after leaving office; 3) Proposing a community-rights ordinance to end corporate and state interference with our right to local self-governance. This ordinance would better protect our environment, health and quality of life and include a ban on fracking; 4) And proposing a resolution in support of overturning Citizen’s United–specifically stating Constitutional rights are for people, not corporations.
Boulder County is under pressure to conform. Garry maintains we must transform if we are to leave a legacy of local self reliance and true sustainability. Boulder County needs a bold leader and that person is Garry Sanfacon.
Learn more at garrysanfacon.org. Registered Democrats can attend caucus on Tuesday, March 6 and become a delegate for Garry at the county assembly/convention on March 24.
By Shari Malloy