EDITORIAL: New Rep. B.J. Nikkel breath of fresh air over Lundberg
June 12, 2009
All that the Windsor Now editorial staff can think of to say about House District 49 Rep. B.J. Nikkel, R-Loveland is,” Wow! What a breath of fresh air!”
Nikkel was in Windsor on Thursday meeting with her constituents at the Rotary Club, our office and the Windsor Chamber of Commerce All-Town Barbecue before hosting an informal Town Hall meeting at Loodles.
And we have to say we were impressed.
Considering the lack of representation this district has received from Sen. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud, over the past six years, we are very optimistic the same won’t be true for Nikkel.
Since she was appointed to her position in January, she has made sure to keep us informed of everything she’s done down in Denver.
We have received multi-weekly press releases from her office, phone calls and now a personal visit. In just five short months, we heard more from Nikkel than we ever did from her predecessor.
And Thursday night, she took it one step further when she brought everyone with her to Windsor.
It was quite a sight, not only was Nikkel here to hear our concerns, but so, too, was Sen. Scott Renfroe, R-Greeley, who represents District 13, including the Weld County portion of Windsor; Lundberg, who now represents Senate District 15, including the Larimer County portion of Windsor; and Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, who does not represent Windsor but is the House Minority Whip and is running for the United State House of Representative 4th Congressional seat, currently held by Betsy Markey, D-Fort Collins.
Between the four of them, they did a good job of answering everyone’s questions and explaining what they thought went wrong in the last session.
But we have to say we are still disappointed in the turnouts for these meetings. We can only complain our representatives don’t pay enough attention to us when we truly try to reach out to them as well.
Only 12 people were in attendance for the Town Hall meeting. How often do we get the chance to have the undying attention of four members of our state legislature in front of us?
It’s a shame people don’t take more of an opportunity to talk to their leaders. And it shouldn’t matter what political party you belong to. These men and women are our elected officials and until that changes, they deserve our respect and our help in making this a better place to live. They can only work with what they are given, and unless they hear from you, they won’t know what you want.
Next time Nikkel, Renfroe, Lundberg or Gardner are in Windsor, take the 60 minutes of your time they ask for and let them know how you feel.
It takes a village to raise a baby.