Letter: Sid Sullivan will provide fresh perspectives for County Commissioner

Thursday, July 24, 2008 | 10:51 a.m. CDT; updated 10:59 a.m. CDT, Thursday, July 24, 2008

Sid Sullivan, candidate for Boone County Commission, offers genuinely fresh and informed perspectives and qualifications for this important office.

Sullivan's insights into how crucial land use decisions are to residents' health and safety and into how essential coordinated decisions between county and city government are for all residents make him a splendid candidate. He will bring to the County Commission his (1) training in social and criminal justice; (2) keen eye to reviewing and revising, as needed, county planning and land use policy; 3) commitment to coordinated discussion and work between county and city government; and 4) capacity for fairness and balance among all units, employees, and citizens to whom he is accountable. Sullivan's understanding of the importance of preserving the character of rural land while also planning thoughtful urban growth demonstrates the kind of complexly balanced intelligence our region needs in order to design adequate solutions to current and future challenges of successful and fair development to benefit and protect us all.

Sullivan's Web site,, gives details of his experience, qualifications and main points of the service commitment he offers to his fellow citizens. Most refreshing and meaningful is his closing statement: I offer my candidacy not to build a long career but to make a difference for the next four years. I offer a different perspective from a variety of experiences and associations. We can no longer address the same old problems in the same old ways. Sid Sullivan is the kind of County Commissioner we all need.

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