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My friends, thank you for the support you've given merecently when questions about me were raised in the press. I trulyappreciate it. Every citizen has a right to inquire into my actionsand those of all elected officials. And, in turn, every elected officialhas a duty to explain his or her actions when called upon. You areentitled to answers to the honest questions the press recentlyraised about me.So here it is. I have done nothing improper, illegal orimmoral while serving in office as a County Commissioner, StateSenator or State Representative and I deny all allegations to thecontrary. Frankly, I don't know how to convince you that I am tellingthe truth, so instead I will share some facts that were convenientlyleft out. There are three main issues that have been written aboutin the Denver Post and I will address each with more details.First, there's the idea that I tried to bribe someone to hiremy son-in-law for a county position by overpaying for a paving jobat my home. That's ridiculous - the paving job at my house came
my son-in-law was hired, not before, and there was nooverpayment for the work that was done. What is described as alittle overlay for which I supposedly paid three times the going rate,was much more involved. The extent of the job included tearing upthe old asphalt, loading it up and trucking it way. Then the oldconcrete under part of the area had to be jack-hammered, dug up,broken into small pieces, loaded on trucks and hauled away. Next,an area was dug out and compacted and a concrete apron wasformed and poured. Then drainage ways were dug and stabilized.Only then could the actual overlay be done. I don't think weoverpaid at all for the work. Sure, that's not what the "expert" saidwho was quoted in the article, but considering he wasn't told abouteverything that was done, how could he determine what was fair?Next, let's talk about the county taking my mother's house.While I had been elected before the case ended, I had not yetbeen sworn in as commissioner so I had no vote on the matter,nor was I on any of the board's discussions on the case. Since thisissue came up, I’ve talked with two attorneys about it and bothsaid the whole thing was handled routinely. The county’s initialoffer was $240,000, and the appraiser my husband hired valuedthe property at $450,000. In the end, the county settled on andpaid $390,000 for the property. By the way, my mother didn't askthe county to buy the property. She didn't even want to sell it. Thecounty took it by eminent domain. Also, it wasn't just the houseand land that were taken. A domestic well and an agricultural wellwere on the property.My cousin, Elaine Valente was on the board ofcommissioners that approved the purchase, but the vote wasunanimous among her, Democrat Larry Pace, and RepublicanTed Strickland. I'm a life-long Democrat but, like many AdamsCounty citizens, I have great respect for Mr. Strickland. He hasalways been a fiscal conservative and a champion of responsiblegovernment spending, yet even he found no fault with the price. It'salso been said that the check for the property was delivered a dayearly, before the board signed the proper documents. I don't knowif that's true, but the board had already approved the deal and thedocuments were eventually signed. Should the documents havebeen signed before the check was delivered? Sure. Were they? Idon't know. However, the question seems to be whether I shouldhave checked to see if they were signed before my husbandaccepted the check. Even though I wasn't a commissioner at thetime and the check wasn't made out to me, do you think I shouldhave checked? Would you have thought to do that?
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