Marsha for county commissioner

To the editor,
My friend and colleague Marsha Porter-Norton is running for La Plata County commissioner, and the election is this November 2020. I am writing this letter to let you know more about her and to offer my strong support. I met Marsha in 2000 when she was the executive director for a nonprofit called Operation Healthy Communities and she was the project manager for two La Plata County summits, bringing together all segments of La Plata County to set strategic plans, goals and priorities for a healthier community. From the time that I first met Marsha, I recognized her as a born leader, community advocate and extraordinary volunteer. In the years to follow, we served together with many other community groups to benefit the health and well-being of the entire community including seniors, children, homeless, business, students and often vulnerable residents who needed her to be a voice on their behalf. Over the years, she has worked with nearly 100 organizations in SW Colorado, which has greatly contributed to her breadth of experience.

Marsha has been a strong advocate for primary care, affordable housing, transportation, and mental health and wellness. She is an extraordinary mediator and facilitator and her ability to actively listen and identify the issues for any group she is working with is her top priority. Marsha has a unique ability to take a leadership role and bring everyone together to create a synergy and positive outcome which includes individual perspectives, strengths and concerns in order to get the job done. La Plata County needs this set of skills now more than ever.

Marsha has a deep, genuine caring for our community and a depth of experience no one else will bring to the job of commissioner. Marsha is a proven leader and her roots are deep, as she is a fourth-generation Southwest Coloradoan. She grew up on a ranch and lives in Durango so understands both our urban and rural residents’ needs, concerns and ideas. Marsha is a true Coloradoan.

I also know Marsha as being one of the most humble, accomplished and authentic people I know. Her tireless energy and genuine concern for our community is nothing short of outstanding. I will work hard to help her get elected as our next La Plata County commissioner. Find out more at her website: www.marshaporternorton.com

– Sheila Casey, Durango