Letter: Steamboat Springs firefighters union should not have endorsed a candidate in race for Routt County commissioner | SteamboatToday.com

Letter: Steamboat Springs firefighters union should not have endorsed a candidate in race for Routt County commissioner

Editor’s note: The headline on this letter has been updated because it contained incorrect information. The Steamboat Springs Professional Firefighters Local 4472 Union endorsed a candidate in the Routt County commissioner’s race. The Steamboat Springs Fire Protection District did not issue any endorsements.

Speaking as a past board member and past president of the Steamboat Springs Fire Protection District and a former president of Steamboat Springs City Council, I can safely say that a small group of city officials acting in their scope as private citizens, including Kathi Meyer, worked tirelessly to get a 2 mill property tax approved by our voters to support the efforts and skills of our firefighters.

Frankly, I am shocked the firefighter union’s memory is so short. That successful campaign involved countless hours of meetings, talking to public groups and individuals, and using personal funds to support a small but effective marketing campaign. The overwhelming voter-approved tax allowed for significant expansion of our professional firefighting staff and provided a funding source for the much needed, state-of-the-art downtown fire station.

When public entities decide to endorse someone, I believe the most ethical process would be for them to interview both opposing candidates, so they are making an informed and fair decision. Or maybe yet, they should take a neutral position and stay out of politics that have become way beyond civil. I am very sorry that the firefighter’s union slapped Kathi in the face for all her incredible efforts.

Kathy Connell

Steamboat Springs

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