Over the past twenty years the Roaring Fork Valley has shifted from a community that made its living through agriculture and mining to a recreation-based economy that has rapidly gained popularity. There's no question we live in a unique corner of the world, surrounded by the most spectacular mountains and ranch land. I believe in managed growth, where we set aside open space to preserve this rapidly shrinking rural vernacular we all love by utilizing our carefully thought out community master plans and support ideas like in-fill within our city limits to avoid sprawl and bike paths to lessen traffic and congestion. I also believe that all economic backgrounds should have the opportunity to enjoy living here and encourage the implementation of diverse housing opportunities. I feel a responsibility that reaches back to my roots to see that we honor this land for the next generations.