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Trautman shows leadership

Posted: March 30, 2008 4:05 a.m.
Updated: May 31, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
To The Editor:

Beyond the fray of "hit" mailers and the illegally funded endorsements backed by big-developer money, there is a candidate who has quietly pressed on with the important issues that matter to all of us. That candidate is Diane Trautman.

No matter where you live, or what stage of life you're in, Diane works tenaciously on our valley's biggest issues: education, traffic congestion, accessible medical care, and senior services, among a few.

As I've watched the process unfold on a number of major developments in the last few years, Diane's work as a planning commissioner has been remarkable. She stands out among her peers by demanding balanced controls on development, and by looking deeply into contracts like the proposed hospital expansion to ensure that their suggested services are actually realized in the future.

Diane remains steadfast in expecting new development to comply with city codes regarding traffic flow and parking. She refuses to accept "fuzzy math" approaches to planning which lead to the urban sprawl our citizens loathe.

The opposite of anti-growth, Diane knows that the value of our homes, our quality of life, and our city's long-term success all depend on smart, balanced development.

As an educator, Diane understands the critical issues facing our kids and the importance of quality schools and educational resources in our valley.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, she has dedicated herself to the concerns of our senior citizens as co-founder of Save Our Seniors. She advocates balanced spending along with affordable housing and similar critical services for our seniors in need. She is a true champion for the greater good.

This election, look beyond the noise, the name calling, and the vague assurances of greatness from candidates who've already shown us their true colors. Look to someone who has demonstrated their commitment to what matters and who is already doing the work required of a true leader.

Diane Trautman will ask the hard questions and stand by the tough decisions. She deserves your vote on Election Day.

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