As a nurse, I can’t think of a more important skill than listening. Marsha Porter-Norton has that skill in spades. Marsha has demonstrated the skill to listen and then distill the important wishes and needs of a group into a workable focus of common goals and action.
I met Marsha during the time in the early 2000s that basic health care for seniors, families and kids was sorely lacking in our county. The provider out of Alamosa, Valley Wide, had suddenly pulled out of La Plata County, leaving many with no provider and no access to essential/basic health care. Our group, the Community Health Action Coalition, worked very hard to get these services back. I am happy to report there are now many options for everyone.
Marsha has always been one of the calmest voices at the table. Since then, I have seen her as the facilitator at many meetings when the topic was contentious. Again, she remained the steady, even voice that sought out opinions and needs, but kept order and focus on problem-solving. Can you think of a skill we need more in these polarized days? I’m voting for Marsha!
I hope everyone will look into her work and volunteer history, and see the skills and experiences she would bring to the table. She is for healthy communities and a strong, vibrant economy. The election for county commission is Nov. 3.