I am honored to have the support of the following residents, elected officials, community group leaders, organizations, and media:
State Representative Jonathan Singer, HD11, Longmont
State Representative Sonya Jaquez Lewis, HD12, Longmont
State Senator Mike Foote, SD17, Longmont
Polly Christensen, Longmont City Council, Mayor Pro Tem, At Large Representative
Marcia Martin, Longmont City Council, Ward II Representative
Marta Moreno, Victor Vela and the Longmont Latino Voice
Gordon Pedrow, former City Manager of Longmont
Dr. Karen McCormick, Longmont
Pat Davis, Longmont
Marilyn Hughes, Longmont
Shari Malloy, Longmont
Jake Marsing, Longmont
“I heartily endorse Susie Hidalgo-Fahring, who will make an excellent addition to Longmont’s City Council. She has skills and experience that will help her move Longmont’s Vision forward, and she has an established track record of diligent effort within the community behind her. I am especially excited about the idea of another young professional joining our City Council.”
— Marcia Martin, Longmont City Council, Ward II Representative
BOULDER WEEKLY ENDORSES SUSIE:
“…were extremely impressed with Hidalgo-Fahring. She is a teacher who is skilled in negotiating at the management level. She has a heart for people who are struggling and she is a doer, a problem-solver with a successful track record for getting things done and creating positive change. She was well equipped to answer our questions on the most pressing issues facing Longmont, and we believe she will be a great fit on the current Council. We strongly endorse Susie Hidalgo-Fahring.” — Boulder Weekly 2019 Vote Guide
From the Longmont Daily Times-Call, Letter to the Editor, 10/14/19:
Hidalgo-Fahring understands what Longmont needs
City councils hold an important responsibility as they mediate tone, voice and direction for how we the people shape our collective present and future. Our choices for council during times of dynamic growth — with its great opportunities, its hard challenges — can have greater impact on our everyday lives than debates we regularly follow from CNN, Fox, or Twitter feeds.
Three things make me an enthusiastic supporter of Ward 3 City Council candidate Susie Hidalgo-Fahring:
1) Susie is a confident listener — confident because she shows comfort using her great ability to first actively listen, learn, reflect and study before forming her plan that moves her forward. Not everyone has this confidence. Perhaps she’s developed this with being the kind of educator in our own St. Vrain Valley School District we hope our children can have.
2) Susie is an accomplished and persistent problem solver, even in the face of the most difficult, low-control challenges. As a mother and wife who has navigated family challenges we all can face, Susie’s commitment to help her own children as well as all of ours shows a grit, compassion, and expansive sense of community we all can use. For example, she’s been instrumental in promoting and providing family awareness and skills training around mental health issues, including suicide interventions.
3) Susie is representative of a wider swath of Longmont, and is a bridge to a variety of constituencies, often less heard, whose common ground is the very foundation of a thriving Longmont. As a long-time live-and-work-here community member, Susie understands the issues of affordability, inclusivity, and meeting growing service needs while maintaining what we already love about our city.
I choose Susie Hidalgo-Fahring for Ward 3 City Council representative.
Ruth Sanders, Longmont
Susie is endorsed by COLORADO EDUCATION ASSOCIATION (CEA): the largest union of educators in the state with more than 35,000 K-12 teachers, higher ed faculty, and education support professionals, as well as students preparing to become teachers, and retired educators.
Susie is endorsed by the BOULDER AREA LABOR COUNCIL — “…one of nearly 500 state and local labor councils of the AFL-CIO… democratically elected bodies dedicated to represent the interests of working people at the state and local level. We mobilize our members and community partners to advocate for social and economic justice and we strive daily to vanquish oppression and make our communities better for all people—regardless of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, or ethnic or national origin.”
From the Longmont Daily Times-Call, Letter to the Editor, 10/16/19:
Hidalgo-Fahring will get the job done
I had the opportunity to meet with Susie Hidalgo-Fahring on Saturday, Oct. 12, and I am asking you to consider voting for her when going to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 5. I found Susie to be smart and well-informed about the issues, facing Longmont all leading to improving the quality of life for all residents. She is down to earth, compassionate, articulate and speaks from her heart. I enjoyed her “can do” attitude, and there is no doubt that she will roll up her sleeves to get the job done. I was completely impressed by her ideas and believe the residents of Ward 3 are lucky to have such a candidate. Please visit her web site: susieforward3.com or better yet, try to meet her!
JoAnn Burton, Longmont
Susie is endorsed by the SIERRA CLUB, Indian Peaks Chapter “The Indian Peaks Group, or IPG, is named after the mountain range consisting of Shoshoni Peak, North and South Arapaho Peaks, Navajo Peak, and other summits on the Continental Divide in western Boulder County. The IPG works to protect the environment in Boulder County. All of the Sierra Club-Indian Peaks Group activists working to protect the environment are volunteers who give their free time to help protect what we all love.”
I received a 100% rating from Colorado Rising’s 2019 Candidate Scorecard. Click the graphic, above, to see my answers to their survey. “Colorado Rising is powering a people’s movement to protect communities and future generations from the dangers of fossil fuel activities and to promote the transition to a fossil free future.”
From the Longmont Daily Times-Call, Letter to the Editor, 10/16/19:
Local elections are important
Longmont voters, election day is Tuesday, Nov. 5. This is a great opportunity to have your voice heard regarding local political matters. Four seats on the City Council will be filled, and three ballot measures decided. Your vote counts as much as anyone’s in this election.
One at-large and two ward City Council seats will be decided. For those who are still pondering their ballots, I would like to share my selections. Of the four candidates running for the at-large seat, I find Joan Peck to be the best choice to be re-elected. I marked Susan Hidalgo-Fahring as my selection from the two first-time candidates in Ward 3…
Gordon Pedrow, former Longmont City Manager, Longmont
From the Longmont Daily Times-Call, Letter to the Editor, 10/18/19:
“…Susie Hidalgo-Fahring has been helping people both inside the classroom and in our community for several years. She knows how to communicate with people from many different backgrounds. She would be an outstanding addition to our City Council…”
Linda Schlake, Longmont
Susie is endorsed by YELLOW SCENE MAGAZINE. You can find the Yellow Scene 2019 Election Guide, here.
From the Longmont Daily Times-Call, Letter to the Editor, 10/22/19:
Letter was wrong about leadership, Hidalgo-Fahring
There was a recent op-ed that gets many things wrong not only about Susie Hidalgo-Fahring, but what leadership is as well. While I am sure it was well-intentioned, this incorrect narrative requires a response.
The writer determines that while working with 10-year-olds is admirable, it couldn’t possibly compare with the leadership skills that a financial analyst has. This couldn’t be more wrong.
I am coming from the experience of having worked as a director and coordinator of a business for several years before getting into teaching, as well as a person who possesses a master’s degree in both education and business, specifically organizational management and change leadership.
The best leaders in the world are people who understand people, problem solving, and collaboration. They are people who are dedicated to the goal, not the role. In reality, they are teachers. No matter what their actual job title may be. Great leaders teach others how to solve problems, believe in themselves, and create systems of community that help everyone get better.
Do I wonder if Susie Hidalgo-Fahring, a fifth-grade teacher who daily transforms the lives of students, who builds community through her parents, and dedicates herself to solving problems with her colleagues as a leader of the teaching community through her service in SVVEA, has leadership skills? Of course I don’t.
And perhaps more important than the way the writer discounts the unmatched qualifications of leadership that Susie Hidalgo-Fahring proves day after day, year after year, is the fact that they discount that what we need in the City Council isn’t actually knowledge of “economics, creating relationships and building businesses.”
What we need on the council are public servants. People who speak on behalf of the community, people who solve problems, people are willing to make tough right choices. People who understand that there is no bottom line in public service because it’s about improving lives. Those are qualities that great teachers and public servants like Susie Hidalgo-Fahring have.
Kate Ryan, Longmont
Susie is endorsed by 350 COLORADO ACTION. 350Colorado.org