Bruce Baizel will make a great county commissioner. Bruce's broad experience with issues in the county gives him a deep understanding of the issues.
He is a practicing attorney, has testified before federal and state legislative committees, and operates a small ranch in western La Plata County. Bruce has worked extensively on gas and oil issues and assisted in drafting legislation to protect surface owners' rights.
He understands the economic importance of the gas industry to the county but also recognizes the need to protect the environment and plan for the inevitable future when gas production declines.
I watched Bruce work with state and federal agencies years ago in discussions around the proposed East Fork ski area. Bruce understood the agencies' needs and calmly and professionally presented his views. In a county like ours, with extensive federal and state lands, understanding how agencies operate is a critical skill for a county commissioner.
We're lucky that Bruce is ready and willing to dedicate himself to more years of public service. We'd be hard put to find a better person to fill that role.
Gary T. Skiba, Durango