I’ve been associated professionally with Cyndy Andrus over a period of 20 years. As the election for mayor draws near, I’d like to share a few observations about her for those who may still be undecided.

I served with Cyndy on the Convention and Visitors Bureau for the Bozeman Chamber of Commerce. Prior to Cyndy taking leadership of this committee, it was nearly defunct. In less than a year, she reinvigorated the CVB it to be a robust vehicle for encouraging sustainable tourism in Bozeman. In doing so, she brought together people with differing perspectives and helped them find the common ground on which to make positive things happen for our community.

Cyndy and I also served together as rangers in Yellowstone National Park. She cares deeply about preserving our natural resources and cultural heritage. She also understands the need for a strong economy. To her credit, she doesn’t see these two things as mutually exclusive. Cyndy understands the issues our community faces.

Most importantly, Cyndy knows Bozeman is one of the best places in the world to live and she wants to keep it that way. She loves this place. Cyndy has just the right suite of gifts and skills needed to lead Bozeman through these challenging times.

At first, I wondered how I would be able to summarize two decades of experience with Cyndy. Then, I saw it right before my eyes in her slogan: community, commerce and conservation. I simply can’t think of anyone more qualified to be mayor of our beloved town.

Carol Shively