A message from county commissioner candidate, Christian Beckwith: JACKSON, Wyo. \u2014 Yvon Chouinard, the legendary climber, surfer, fisherman and Founder of Patagonia, has endorsed Christian Beckwith for Teton County Commission. \u201cChristian\u2019s the only candidate for Teton County Commission who is willing to fight for the longterm interests of this community,\u201d said Chouinard. \u201cThe quality of our ecosystem, our quality of life and the quality of experience it provides for visitors are interconnected,\u201d he said. "A pro-growth agenda that makes a few people rich at the expense of this place and the community that calls it home is an agenda we can\u2019t afford.\u201d \u201cChristian gets it. He has the vision to make Teton County sustainable, the courage to fight the special interests working against it and the tenacity to persevere.\u201d \u201cHe has my full support.\u201d With his announcement, Chouinard joins the growing list of local and national leaders who support Beckwith\u2019s candidacy. The support comes from a wide array of sectors and perspectives. Beckwith founded the conservation organization SHIFT in 2013. Under his direction, the organization evolved to focus on the health benefits of outdoor recreation, advancing a cost-effective component of comprehensive health care while strengthening the argument for nature in the process. \u201cChristian\u2019s vision, tenacity and inspired thinking have quickly made him a national leader in the space,\u201d said Michael Suk, MD, JD, MPH, MBA, Board Trustee of The American Medical Association and the System Wide Chairman of the Geisinger Musculoskeletal Institute for the Geisinger Health System. \u201cI\u2019m excited to see what happens when he applies those same leadership qualities to a community he deeply loves.\u201d Jonathan B. Jarvis, the 18th Director of The United States National Park Service, agrees. \u201cThanks to Christian\u2019s vision and tenacity, SHIFT is a global leader in the health and nature movement,\u201d said Jarvis. \u201cI have no doubt that if he were elected as Teton County Commissioner, he would apply a similar vision and tenacity to the challenges and opportunities facing one of the most iconic places in the world.\u201d \u201cHaving worked with Christian on the SHIFT board as well as through the leadership program at Central Wyoming College, I\u2019ve been witness to his undaunted courage, relentless energy and ethical values,\u201d said Sandy Schultz Hessler, the Founder of Six Minutes Daily and former Assistant Dean of Harvard Kennedy School (2009-2011). \u201cHe\u2019s what we most need now as County Commissioner.\u201d Kathryn Mapes Turner, the artist and a lifelong Teton County resident, echoed Hessler\u2019s assessment. \u201cThrough his years of experience as the Executive Director of SHIFT, Christian has gained a comprehensive understanding of the complex challenges that face Jackson Hole,\u201d she said. \u201cIn his role as county commissioner, I believe he will demonstrate the same dedication, hard work, passion and insight that we know him for\u2014and our community will be better for it for generations to come.\u201d Business leaders, too, support Beckwith\u2019s candidacy. \u201cIn my long career, I\u2019ve had the privilege to work with some of our country\u2019s finest business, political and non-profit leaders,\u201d said Peter Metcalf, the Founder of Black Diamond Equipment. \u201cWithout question, Christian is one of the most impressive.\u201d \u201cChristian understands that Teton County\u2019s economy is directly tied to its natural resources,\u201d said Luis Benitez, the Founding Director of Colorado\u2019s Office of Outdoor Recreation and the Vice President of Government Affairs and Global Impact for the VF Corporation. \u201cHe has a proven track record of creating jobs, educating the next generation and bringing the world to Jackson Hole.\u201d \u201cChristian says what he thinks, has a clear vision for what he would do if elected, combines passion with a great intellect and has a moral compass carved from Teton granite,\u201d said Alex Friedman, the Co-Founder of Jackson Hole Economics and former CFO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. \u201cHe is exactly the county commissioner we need.\u201d \u201cI have known Christian for over 20 years,\u201d said Rob Werner, the Founder\/President of Jackson Temp Service, Inc. \u201cI don\u2019t think I\u2019ve met anyone so tenacious when he\u2019s fighting for his vision. He sees the big picture, thinks big and is willing to work very hard to make things happen.\u201d A number of those supporting Beckwith hail from the climbing world. Beckwith started his first climbing magazine, The Mountain Yodel, shortly after moving to Jackson in 1994. One of his earliest climbing partners was Nat Patridge, who is now the President and co-owner of Exum Mountain Guides. \u201cI have watched Christian work as a writer, editor, community project organizer and recently the Director of SHIFT with boundless energy and inclusive vision,\u201d said Patridge. \u201cI have no doubt that he will do great work for this community and environment during these complex times.\u201d When the first issue of The Mountain Yodel was published, Beckwith gave a copy to Chouinard, who proposed to The American Alpine Club that they hire Beckwith as Editor of The American Alpine Journal (AAJ), the world\u2019s foremost mountaineering publication. The AAC complied, making Beckwith the youngest editor in the Journal\u2019s history. Phil Powers, the owner of Jackson Hole Mountain Guides and former CEO of The American Alpine Club (2005-2020), assisted Beckwith as the regional correspondent for Pakistan\u2019s Karakoram Range. \u201cI have known and worked with Christian for over 20 years,\u201d said Powers. \u201cHe is aware. He is thoughtful. And he is relentless when on the path to an outcome in which he believes. I can not think of a more deserving person to serve as county commissioner.\u201d In 2001, Beckwith co-founded Alpinist Magazine, a coffee-table quarterly that Reinhold Messner, the first person to climb all 14 of the world\u2019s 8000-meter peaks, called \u201cthe best climbing magazine in the world today.\u201d In 2009, he led a public-private initiative that resulted in the creation of the Teton Boulder Park at the base of Snow King Mountain. Bob McLaurin, Jackson\u2019s Town Manager from 2008-2018, worked with Beckwith on the boulder project. \u201cChristian\u2019s leadership and commitment, as well as his effectiveness in fundraising and building partnerships, were instrumental in building the Teton Boulder Park and ensured the implementation of this important community project,\u201d he said. More recently, Beckwith founded The Teton Climbers\u2019 Coalition, a local climbing organization that in August completed its first stewardship project, a rehabilitation effort that built belay platforms and undertook trail work for the popular local climbing area, Rodeo Wall. Understanding the importance of Latino engagement in the community, Beckwith invited Sahir Enriquez to serve as the organization\u2019s Vice Chair. \u201cChristian Beckwith is an advocate for the backbone of this community: the Latino community,\u201d said Enriquez. \u201cHe wants to engage and better serve this vital part of the community that for too long has not had a voice at the table. I will be voting for him this November.\u201d Marian Meyers, a physical therapist and longtime resident of Teton County, also joined the Coalition\u2019s board. \u201cAs the resources of our beloved valley and community have been stretched past their capacity in recent months, we desperately need leaders who have not given up on working towards a vision that looks at the long-term implications of their decisions,\u201d she said. \u201cI\u2019ve known Christian Beckwith for over 20 years. In that time, he has demonstrated he has the tenacity and work ethic necessary to see challenging projects through to completion. Our community would be fortunate to have Christian serving us in the capacity of County Commissioner.\u201d Other community members, such as Ben Ellis, Teton County Commissioner from 2006-2014, view Beckwith\u2019s candidacy through the prism of public office. \u201cChristian would make an excellent elected leader for our community,\u201d he said. \u201cHe is committed to working through the hard issues to balance conservation and development. Christian has my vote because I know he will work hard for Teton County.\u201d Still others support Beckwith as a champion of Teton County\u2019s ecosystem. \u201cIf you want someone who will protect wildlife and preserve some semblance of Wyoming lifestyle in Jackson Hole, vote for Christian Beckwith,\u201d said Tom Turiano, the author, guide and pioneer of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. \u201cHe has the vision and skills to make a difference.\u201d Perhaps not surprising, Beckwith also has the support of his wife, Giovannina Anthony, MD, an Ob\/Gyn and partner at Women\u2019s Health Center and Family Care Clinic. \u201cPlainly put, I do not know anyone who will work harder for Teton County,\u201d said Dr. Anthony. \u201cHis passion for this community, his drive, commitment and work ethic are literally a force of nature. In these complex times, Christian is uniquely prepared to serve this community.\u201d \u201cI\u2019m honored to have the support of so many people I respect, and who care, as I do, about the future of Teton County,\u201d said Beckwith. \u201cIf elected, I will strive to uphold the opening words of The 2012 Comprehensive Plan: to \u2018preserve and protect the area\u2019s ecosystem in order to ensure a healthy environment, community and economy for current and future generations.'\u201d You may learn more about Christian Beckwith\u2019s candidacy and positions at www.christianbeckwith.com.