To the editor:
I have had the opportunity to know Jo Ann Baxter for nine years.
Eight of those years, I was able to proudly serve beside her on the Moffat County School District Board and was excited to see Jo Ann announce her candidacy for Colorado House District 57. Throughout our years on the board, four of which Jo Ann presided as our Board President, she brought composure to conflict, extensive years of classroom experience, and a wealth of knowledge and familiarity regarding legislative issues.
I came to depend on Jo Ann's enthusiasm and expertise on legislative matters. She was able to provide guidance and explanation on the many complex issues we addressed and possesses the ability to lead the board with professionalism, efficiency and compassion.
When presented with some of the more difficult decisions the we a a board had to make, Jo Ann consistently listened to our constituents and the professionals we retained, gathering all the available information. She would research the issues and bring concerns and suggestions to the forefront of all discussions before presenting her own findings or opinion on individual issues.
There were several times when Jo Ann's diplomatic skills came shining through when faced with conflicted discussions. She was able to reconcile all parties and bring everyone at the table to a respectful dignified discussion so that a resolution and/or compromise could be reached.
Whether she agreed with a position on a particular issue or not, Jo Ann always allowed parties the opportunity to voice their own thoughts and present information. She stays true to the issues and the impact it will have on all stakeholders.
If elected, it is my belief that Jo Ann will serve the people and represent Colorado House District 57 well. I will be casting my vote for Jo Ann Baxter, and ask that you do your own personal inquiry into her experience and principles to determine if you will do the same.