Opinion: Jake Marsing–Joan Peck Will Finish The Job She Started

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Joan Peck has unfinished business. When she was elected to City Council four years ago, she went to work right away addressing Longmont’s affordable housing crisis, promoting environmental sustainability, and standing up to RTD. She has been a remarkable advocate for our community and, if we are going to continue making progress on all of these critical issues, she must be given the chance to finish the job she started.

Joan has stood up for working class families in our community who are feeling squeezed out by rising housing costs. She was one of the two most forceful voices on council for crafting our new inclusionary
housing program, and nobody in the At-Large race has nearly the understanding of how to solve the affordable housing crisis or the passion to actually get the job done.

Joan has been a leading voice for expanded air quality monitoring and keeping drilling away from Union Reservoir. She is doing all she can to protect our City’s natural beauty, and there is no one I trust
more to implement our sustainability plan and get us to 100% renewable energy.

Over the years, I’ve seen lots of local leaders talk a big game about RTD. Joan is the only one I’ve ever actually seen get anything done. She worked with partners in the region and in the transit industry to develop a plan for “peak rail” service that could actually get Longmont a train to Denver decades years sooner than RTD anticipates.

If she isn’t re-elected, I fear we will lose all the progress we’ve made. Losing her voice would be an enormous step back for our city. I urge you to
support Joan Peck when you cast your vote in the November 5th municipal election.

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Letter is by Jake Marsing

Longmont

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