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Representative Julie McCluskie (District 61)
Senator Kerry Donovan (District 5)
Representative Joe Neguse (US Representative Colorado 2nd District)
Myra Warren Isenhart, Ph.D., Co-chair and Founder of the Summit Conflict Resolution Coalition
Josh will bring his talents as an artist, his skills as a business leader and his passion for our community values to the role of County Commissioner. My family has known Josh for more than a decade and know him for his integrity and commitment to his family. He will be a great leader for Summit County.
I'm proud to support Josh Blanchard for Summit County Commissioner. He holds the highest standard of integrity, is a wonderful father and husband, and is a problem solver with intelligence, diplomacy and creativity. We are lucky to have someone with such talent willing to work in politics to help our community.
Josh brings broad perspective to the community. Beyond his leadership role at the theatre, he has found time to serve on numerous boards and task forces. His current service with Summit County's zero waste task force and the Lower Blue Planning Commission is providing him strong understanding of our community's environmental and land use issues.
A popular myth about arts executives is that we are “creative types.” But arts organizations are complex small businesses. We identify sales trends, manage labor relations, develop multiyear projections and take out the garbage. Blanchard is no exception. He brings years of accountability for balancing revenue and spending at Lake Dillon Theatre Co. to his candidacy. Blanchard can read between the lines of a financial statement and uncover important issues. These are the skills I want in a leader to guide a fiscally responsible government.
As co-chair and founder of the Summit Conflict Resolution Coalition, I heartily endorse Josh Blanchard for County Commissioner. Josh has been a valuable contributor to our nonprofit, giving generously his time and talent to support the cause of conflict resolution education for children and adults.
As a doctor, I particularly admire Blanchard for his commitment to community, public and behavioral health. He has been a strong supporter of the Summit Community Care Clinic, Building Hope Summit County and other health related projects...Blanchard has the experience, the skills, the commitment, the personal discipline and the creativity to serve as an outstanding Summit County Commissioner.
Blanchard has shown how much he cares for our community with his many volunteer activities, culminating in current positions as commissioner on the Lower Blue Planning Commission, member of the Summit County Arts Forum, board member of Growing Together and more. While working with Blanchard on volunteer activities, he’s impressed me with his new ideas, his ability to problem solve, and his commitment to do the work and do it well. He’s well-prepared to tackle the challenge of revitalizing our economy while maintaining our public health, safety and natural resources.
He is known for his ability to collaborate, bring fresh ideas to the table and, most importantly, follow through on what he commits to and get things done. Blanchard brings a tremendous amount of experience to the table – not only working with the public/private sectors, but also working directly with members of our community to understand their needs. He worked for several years in the resort industry helping to create the Warren Station project and driving financial results.
As a psychologist, I have seen firsthand programs and activities that Blanchard has been involved with to help with local public health, mental health issues, education and community outreach. Blanchard has had a plethora of experiences in public, private and government settings, and I see him as an innovative individual with integrity who will listen to and advocate and work hard for all Summit County residents.
Blanchard is committed to our Summit County quality of life, being a good steward of development, enhancing our arts culture, and preserving the natural environment essential to our economy and valued by our citizens. He alone will preserve our open space, ensure our Blue River is clean and maintain the rural character in the Lower Blue River Valley.
Blanchard is no stranger to big challenges. As a business owner and nonprofit leader, it is a must to reinvent and recalibrate, to be agile. From his experience at Lake Dillon Theatre Co. and previously at Keystone, Blanchard has demonstrated his understanding of building relationships with locals and visitors alike. He is a strong advocate for business both small, large and nonprofit.
Of course, we all want our workers and businesses to survive this horrid pandemic. I believe Blanchard will listen to the scientists and public health officials in making decisions about further opening up of the county.