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A champion of human services

Dear Editor:I am encouraging Aspen voters to cast their ballot for Mick Ireland on May 8. My reasons for this are simple. I believe Mick exemplifies the values and vision to keep this community socioeconomically diverse and vibrant. To this end, he has always been a strong advocate for employee housing, a necessary component of this diversity if Aspen is to keep any semblance of balance as we move into the future.Then, I admit, I have the self-interest of a human-services director when I encourage a vote for Mick. I know Mick to be a champion of area human services. Not only has he consistently supported funding our missions, but he has been the architect of two human service taxation campaigns that the good voters of Pitkin County have overwhelmingly supported. These are the services our families, friends and neighbors use on a daily basis. These are the services that protect and enhance the quality of life in our community.I realize over the years, Mick, on occasion, has alienated some with his demeanor. I can tell you at the same time, I have always found Mick’s heart to be in the right place and that he has a deep and abiding passion for this community. These are leadership qualities we need today more than ever. Please vote Mick for mayor May 8.Jeff KremerSnowmass Village


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