Thank You Voters
On January 12, Estes Park voters participated in a special municipal election at unprecedented levels. More votes were cast in the special election than were cast within Town limits during the November election. Indeed, it was the highest number of voters in a municipal election ever.
Thank you to all those Estes Park citizens who voted in this past election. The strong turn-out demonstrated the power of open and transparent community debate. Thank you to all the financial contributors, petition circulators, letter writers, and volunteers who made certain our message was heard. We also thank Town Trustee Richard Homeier and the members of the Park R-3 School Board for taking a formal position on an issue of great importance.
Voters want greater say in our valley’s direction, not less. Although at times the process became adversarial, broad community participation in elections is necessary to ensure community interests are being met. Elected officials should rely on community input from diverse viewpoints for direction. No group or individual should be dismissed on the grounds that the speaker somehow lacks sufficient status or standing to contribute.
Before this election, many believed that urban renewal was the only option for planning our future. With its repeal, we can now examine a wide range of options for promoting successful growth in the Estes Valley. Since EPURA was presented as the community’s plan for progress, the election result suggests a new plan is needed. With voters seeking a new direction, other options can now be the subject of real deliberation and debate.
Bill Van Horn