Memorial Day this year found me walking through the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Paonia with my children. After visiting the graves of three generations of their great-grandparents we began to talk about the other North Fork Valley families who are represented by numerous headstones.
I remember doing this with my grandmother and great-grandmother. The stories they shared of the people they knew gave me a unique understanding of our valley. The lives and perspectives of the diverse people who built this area are woven together into the beautiful and unique tapestry we call home.
I believe in the wisdom of representative government. Republicans in Delta County have a distinct choice for a District 3 county commissioner candidate. As District 3 encompasses the North Fork Valley, we need to consider who will best represent this unique valley. Commissioner candidate Mark Roeber's roots in the North Fork go even deeper than mine. He understands the unspoken "code" that wove the attractive cultural tapestry of District 3. Historically, the North Fork has been characterized by an independent, freedom loving people who respect the rights of others to live as they choose. Property rights are foundational and must be protected, but tempered with respect for others rights.
The "spirit" of Mark's words concerning property rights have been twisted by supporters of candidate Roger Bentley. Mark is not in favor of regulation, but rather encouraging responsible citizenship by fostering a culture of respect among neighbors. This is NOT the job of a county commissioner so he qualified his statement of "not offending the neighbors" was his personal view as a private citizen.
Mark is principled, balanced, and rock solid. He patiently considers all perspectives and does not jump to conclusions. He listens far more than he speaks and has an amazing ability to work with people. A lifetime of ranching has developed creative problem solving skills, (legendary farm boy ingenuity), and a healthy respect for the land and its resources. A candidate's personal life does matter, and his family is a good reflection of his character. Mark's knowledge of industry in the valley has been gained by experience and whatever he doesn't know he will learn quickly as he's intelligent and approachable. Because of his decades of work on federal land boards he is respected and connected across the state and nation, which will prove valuable when representing the interests of Delta County.
If you desire to preserve the unique heritage and balance of responsible freedom within Delta County for the present and future generations please vote for J. Mark Roeber for District 3 county commissioner.
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