Hotter lacks common sense, leadership

In driving around the county, I am noticing Kellie Hotter signs that tout her as having “common sense leadership.”

Despite what Hotter’s campaign signs say, it seems apparent that she has demonstrated neither common sense nor leadership. Is it common sense to vote for a gravel pit in a neighborhood right next to the Animas River (Little Fishes)? Is it leadership to throw away $750,000 and disenfranchise hundreds of people who worked for years developing a La Plata County comprehensive plan? Is it leadership to reappoint ideologues to the Planning Commission instead of people with background and nonbiased experience in planning? Is it leadership to ask for recommendations on climate and energy then vote against all the recommendations when right-wing activists oppose it? Is it leadership to vote against a resolution calling for disclosure of chemicals in fracking fluids? Is it common sense to vote to allow a dog-training operation in the middle of a small subdivision when the project violated four out of six of the county’s standards for compatibility and was unanimously opposed by the neighbors? Is it common sense for us to re-elect her?

The answer to all of the above is “no.” And it is time to say no to the narrow, special interest decisions that lack both common sense and leadership. Join me in supporting Gwen Lachelt, a fearless leader with a proven record of common-sense solutions to difficult problems.

Ed Lehner

Durango