We were as surprised as other observers that the Grand Junction City Council chose Laura Luke, an unknown in city politics, over more experienced and familiar people to fill the vacancy created by Bonnie Beckstein’s resignation.
But it’s clear that the majority of the existing council, as well as two not-yet-seated council members elected this month, saw something special in Luke when they questioned her and other applicants for Beckstein’s slot. The vote was 6-1 in favor of Luke, with newly elected council members Bennett Boeschenstein and Jim Doody voicing their support for her even though they don’t yet have a vote.
Luke has a background in stock and finances, but has been a stay-at-home mom of late. She has followed city issues in the news and has regularly contributed to the city’s online surveys.
We share Luke’s hope that in a few years, city residents will be glad she was appointed to the council. It can be realized if Luke is an active and thoughtful participant in council activities, puts the city’s needs first and is willing to challenge city administrators.
For now, though, congratulations to soon-to-be Councilwoman Laura Luke. We wish her the best.