Bensten pulls curtain back on Boulder City cronyism

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Strider Bentsten

Longmont’s Strider Bensten rightly pulls back the curtain to expose the rampant cronyism shamelessly reflected in the Boulder City Council’s endorsement of Elise Jones for Boulder County Commissioner District 1.

There are those in my community who love to bash Boulder County and who will not be voting for either Jones of Garry Sanfacon in November. So be it.

As to the rest of us, the many active, dedicated progressives in Longmont and even those Democrats who do not necessarily embrace that description, we would like to see a Boulder County Commissioner majority that has a focus beyond the city limits of Boulder. And we are more than a little annoyed at the “machine politics” that have rallied behind Jones’ candidacy.

Those of us living outside the hallowed halls of the City of Boulder would like to have genuine representation. We take note of candidates who show up only during election season to stroke us for our votes and/or money. And we find it offensive.

Free Range Longmont endorses Strider Bensten’s willingness to call a spade a spade. We applaud him whether or not he has the official backing of the body politic known as Longmont Area Democrats.

Free Range Longmont also enthusiastically endorsed Garry Sanfacon in March in advance of Boulder County Democratic Assembly. We repeat that endorsement as the June 26 primary approaches.

Strider Bensten for the Daily Camera:

I offer my strong support for Garry Sanfacon for Boulder County Commissioner District 1.

While I rarely endorse candidates, Garry has proven to be an outstanding leader, hard worker, and friend. In addition to a record of broad competence in non-profits, community work, business, social justice, and environmental stewardship, Garry is possessed of a deep humility — a quality quite rare in a social leader.

We have wealth of competent candidates for local offices, for which we can give honor to our local history, and our network of activist involvement and education.

Boulder County is a vast area with mountain communities which also need and deserve representation. While I do not disparage the experience of opponent Elise Jones, I have concerns about the “Boulder Rules” game. If any or all members of Boulder City Council thought her to be their best choice, without, however, any acknowledgment of Garry’s credentials, that is their prerogative. But, to endorse as a body seems deeply improper, and perhaps a violation of the Colorado Open Records Act.

Having been recently a member of a quasi-judicial body, the Longmont Election Committee, we were required by law to pre-announce all meetings of more than two members, and that all meetings must be public.

I know of no such public meeting of Boulder City Council to discuss this matter, nor that the public had any right of either input or scrutiny. That Ms. Jones’ twin sister is a member of the council might be a factor.

Sheriff Joe Pelle has given highest praise for Garry’s work as Fourmile Canyon Fire Recovery Manager. We can expect more such emergencies with our cooking climate.

Garry Sanfacon is a visionary and a solid grass roots guy. He has held numerous meetings drawing creative input toward such community vision.

Longmont Area Democrats

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