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A conflict of interest

Dear Editor:As a resident of Aspen, I am truly concerned about Tim Semrau running for any political position that affects affordable housing. Regarding Tim’s proposal to revamp the affordable housing system, he demonstrated that he has no political integrity. This mayoral candidate is a developer of affordable housing, and lives in affordable housing. In an obvious attempt to garner votes and pad his personal bank account, Tim shows his conflict of interest between what is good for him and what is good for Aspen. This is similar to the proverbial fox being in charge of the hen house.As Mick Ireland clearly states, “Using the public treasury to increase an individual’s profits from his home is a negation of the deal between the city and the citizens made more than 20 years ago.” The contract between those CHOOSING affordable housing and the city was clear was clear when they willfully entered into the contract. Now Tim wants to change these contracts. The affordable housing concept ergo the real estate transfer tax was never intended to be a retirement fund for those choosing to live in affordable housing. If elected, what other laws will Tim change for his personal aggrandizement?Rob GileAspen

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