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I worked closely with Gary Hodges at NOAA for 15 years. We traveled throughout the U.S. maintaining and calibrating scientific equipment used in making solar radiation measurements. As there were many long road trips to distant sites we had a lot of time to talk, and I got to know him very well. Without reservation I can attest to his excellent character, honesty, and capacity for deep and thoughtful opinions.
With regard to other qualities Gary would bring to City Counsel, I always appreciated his fiscal responsibility, and even frugality, concerning government resources. I was also impressed with how the entire team we worked with interacted; with kindness, dignity, and respect for differing opinions.
Gary is considered an expert in his profession, and is internationally respected by others in this field. He is honest, wise, and analytical. The citizens of Longmont can be assured he will use available resources wisely, and that he can effectively communicate with those holding differing viewpoints. I wholeheartedly endorse him for City Council. Longmont will be well-served to have him on board.