Saturday, April 7, 2007

CD At-Large: North Denver Tribune endorses Doug Linkhart

The endorsement of Doug Linkhart by the North Denver Tribune helps us to understand what some North Denverites may be thinking about this race:
Politics generally rewards the loudest voices, not the deepest thinkers. Thus the dilemma for the most serious man in Denver city government, Doug Linkhart. Linkhart has served as a thoughtful and considered conscience on the Denver City Council for the past four years, filling an at-large seat that represents the whole city. Denver voters should send him back for another term.

Linkhart has brought a focus on safety, kids and economic development for four years. He has embraced a role that gives City Council a perspective on city-wide issues when most members are focused intently on the narrow issues affecting their districts. Linkhart is true testament to the wisdom of at-large representation, leavening the debate and lifting the discourse.

Beyond that, Linkhart is a smart and savvy policy guy in a city that could use more. Voters choosing Linkhart are voting for a long-view, investment-based future for Denver. More a role player than a rock star, Linkhart would metaphorically be a key ingredient in a championship basketball team. As Denver’s focus seems slightly adrift in this age of consensus government, Denver needs Linkhart’s vision and perspective to take on the changing needs of a changing city.

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