Aspen needs Romero’s leadership |

Aspen needs Romero’s leadership

Dear Editor:”The older I get the less I listen to what people say and the more I look at what they do.” – Andrew CarnegieDwayne Romero is a close family friend and has been a mentor to both myself and my younger brother.I consider him to be one of the most solid human beings that I have had the privilege to meet. To Andrew Carnegie’s point, character is revealed in our actions. If you look at the actions that Dwayne has taken in his personal, professional and civic life, the character of an incredible leader emerges. Much has been made of Dwayne’s resume, and I would like to take this opportunity to elaborate on the implications of his resume and the leadership it exemplifies:In terms of his education, Dwayne’s character, intellectual capacity and commitment to the idea of service above self earned him a spot at West Point. West Point is one of the most vigorous and arduous paths any college freshman could dream of beginning, much less finishing. College for a West Point student is composed of intensive academic, military, physical and moral training, followed by a minimum of five years of service to our country in the U.S. Army. (Dwayne served seven years.) During his time with the Army, he served in Desert Storm for which his actions were honored by the prestigious Bronze Star for Leadership Valor in Combat. I am also a graduate of a military academy, Norwich University, and I am proud to call many servicemen and women my friends. Dwayne volunteered to serve his country; service to his countrymen is what motivated him to begin his civic journey at West Point. The same call of duty is what motivates him to serve the city of Aspen.Succeeding at West Point was only the beginning for Dwayne. Dwayne is also a graduate of Harvard University. Harvard is one of the most elite colleges in the entire world and graduates many of the most intelligent, innovative and capable minds. Dwayne is the caliber of leader Aspen desperately needs at this pivotal juncture in time.As a graduate with a political science degree, I am well aware of the consequences of poor leadership, but more important, my education and experience has taught me the value of great leadership. Aspen is an extraordinary town and it deserves exceptional leadership. Dwayne Romero is the most qualified, genuine and deserving of your vote for Aspen City Council on May 8.The older I get, the more I respect Dwayne and aspire to emulate his application of service.Jennifer E. DonovanBasalt

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