Show La Plata County Your Love: Elect Marsha Porter-Norton
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Good food & cash bar. A tribute to Veterans
Silent auction: Local Art & Experiences, Donated with Love
Why I'm Running...
I want to use my skills in bringing people together and finding common ground to make our
great county an even better place to live, to build healthy communities. Together, we face
complex challenges: rapid growth, a changing economy, a distinct "urban/rural" divide,
drought and more. We need a leader with a proven track record in getting things done.
I know what it takes to create results. For 26 years, as a professional with skills in mediation,
listening and leadership, I have worked hard to help groups craft solutions across topics
such as water, land use, forest health, transportation, health care, human services, rural
economic development: topics this county deals with every day.
Our county's diversity is what makes it so unique and special. I am a 4th generation
Southwest Coloradoan having grown up on a ranch in Lewis, north of Cortez.
This rural background taught me the value of hard work, the importance of community, and
a love of landscapes. So, working together isn't some campaign promise. It is who I am
as a person and as a professional.
I will work hard. And, as someone who has run my own business for 18 years and started a
regional nonprofit before that, I know what it takes to piece things together. I know it's hard
to make a living here. That is why I'm ready to roll up my sleeves and work for everyone.
I have done 40 listening sessions and here is what I will work for. My vision but our priorities:
Grow an Economy that works across La Plata County
We need to grow and bring good jobs to La Plata County to improve quality of life for everyone.
People define a "good job" in many ways. I define it as a job that contributes to a good quality of
life, and healthy communities for families of many kinds.
Provide Adequate & Excellent County Services
We must plan for adequate County Government service delivery including taking care of
our Roads and Bridges as a priority. This will take resources to address a growing population.
We can also streamline County Planning honoring the hard work of the District Land Use Groups.
We must use tax dollars wisely and make the case to voters for any future revenue questions.
Ensure more Affordable Housing
Many in the workforce, young people and seniors on fixed incomes are getting priced out.
We need to put more tools in our tool kit. We can do more and should.
Increase Safety and Respond to a Changing Climate
Southwest Colorado is getting hotter and drier impacting everyone. We need to continue the
good works happening such making permanent a weather radar system. We need to increase
our capacity to respond to droughts, beetle kill, wildfires and flooding. We also need to encourage
projects that address forest health since that is where our water comes from, and, our forests
are a significant economic and recreational driver.
Be the model for Modern/Clean Energy on the Western Slope
Our society is moving to renewable energy quickly as the cost comes down and many have a desire
to reduce carbon. We could become the leader among all Western Slope communities while
recognizing a need for energy reliability and diversity. Can we move the energy conversation
to growing good jobs and being a model for modern/clean technology(ies)? How can we involve
all sectors? This is a very complex and controversial topic, and, I am learning.
Take care of our Land, Air and Water and Balance Interests/Needs
Private and public lands, water and landscapes are valued by all. There are many interests involved
in finding practical solutions. As with all issues, I will do my homework and balance perspectives.
Work to Bridge the "Urban/Rural Divide"
Our county is very diverse but we're all in this together. Too often, geographic or political differences
or a lack of understanding get in the way of problem solving. I will build bridges because
that is how we move forward.
What are Your Ideas, Your Concerns, Your Solutions?
Marsha Porter-Norton, Democrat for La Plata County Commissioner, 2020
Current County Commissioners
Commissioner Julie Westendorff
Commission Gwen Lachelt
Commissioner Clyde Church
Former County Commissioners
LPEA Board Member
Jack D. Turner
Former City of Durango City Councilors
& Sweetie Marbury
John and Cissy Anderson
Ken and Lois Carpenter
Lauri Costello, M.D.
Barbara and Bill Dodds
Ken and Susie Francis
Illona Hruska and Mark Swanson
Susan Koonce & John Lyons
Laura Lewis Marchino
Stephens (Steve) Parker
Steve and Deb Ruddell
John and Aline Schwob
Nancy and Robert Shanks
Jon and Kathy Sherer
Carolyn (Jigger) and Paul Staby
Liza and Peter Tregillus
Bill and Chris Warren
Louise Van Vonno
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