Dan Williams' Statement on Economic Recovery in Teller County
I spent about 6 hours speaking with business owners in Woodland Park on Saturday. Enjoyed spending time with Murph at the Ute for the first part of the day and supporting his efforts and that of others. Our business owners privately shared their concerns, fears and hopes with me and their recommendations for our economic recovery. I also spoke with several members of the Woodland Park Council who were there on Saturday. One theme stands out from all of these conversations...and that is our cities, our county and our collective community must stand together. Our economic recovery will only be possible working together. We must stay united and not let anyone try and divide our community at this very critical time.
Economic recovery will be hard work and will require us to stand shoulder to shoulder - citizens, business owners and our local governments. I cautioned folks not to succumb to populist messages offering quick solutions when folks are running for office. I have spent the last 6 weeks with the COVID-19 Crisis Response Force, long days and hours, and have spent weekends and evenings speaking with residents all over our county. I have not and will not use the pain of Teller County residents for short term political gain.
Some of you have asked me why I have not posted my private conversations with business owners on my website or on Facebook or why I have not posed for quick publicity pictures and a few talking points for my campaign as my opponent has...I have not because your pain and situation is very real and many of you have it all on the line right now. More than a few of you have teared up telling me your story...as I have I listening...and I respect you, your dignity and your situation…folks...our business owners deserve our support and respect and should not be used selfishly as part of a political campaign for anyone running for office.
For the dozens of you who shared part of your day with me, sharing your concerns and ideas for the future...you know who you are and I stand with you. For those at the Farmers Market, at the Rally, at the Ute and on Thursday at Russ's ….keep the faith. My focus as your next District 1 County Commissioner will be the economic well being and recovery of our businesses and of the residents of this county. Rather that shouting at each other and allowing folks running for office to divide our communities...its time to be united now more than ever. Its time to take a hard look at what lies ahead and to collectively work together.
--Dan Williams, District 1 County Commissioner Candidate