I am an unaffiliated voter and as such I was pleased to see an announcement in the DCI some weeks ago about an upcoming debate between the candidates for the 3rd Congressional District: Scott Tipton, incumbent; and Diane Mitsch Bush, his opponent. The debate was held Sept. 9 at the Hotchkiss High School.
Even though this was the opening day of the NFL season and I planned to watch my team, the Cleveland Browns play the Pittsburgh Steelers, I wasn't going to miss that debate. What better way to learn about the candidates than to hear from them directly, right? There was only one problem -- Scott Tipton didn't show up. Was he at a Broncos game or at a watch party? I was able to tear myself away from a tied Browns game, in overtime, to get to the debate and he had much more at stake than me.
Our incumbent congressperson is hoping to keep his job but he didn't show up for his interview. I viewed the debate as a job interview since I would be selecting one of them for the position. The organizers of the debate said their multiple phone calls and emails went unanswered. They contacted both candidates well in advance of the debate (at least one month in advance) so there was plenty of time for someone from his office to reply. How rude not to have the common courtesy to respond. This tells me that he doesn't care about his constituents in Delta County and which is why I'll be voting for Diane Mitsch Bush.
Diane Mitsch Bush wants to move Delta County and all of the 3rd District forward; utilizing all of our natural resources responsibly and using the best available science to drive decisions. Diane wants to improve rural infrastructure: water, transportation, energy and the internet. She supports keeping public lands public and recognizes the economic value that our public lands bring to the 3rd District. To learn more visit her website: www.DianeFor
Thank you, Diane Mitsch Bush, for showing up to your job interview on Sept. 9. You gave an excellent interview and you made my selection very easy.