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Dwayne can lead, with moxie

Dear Editor:I’ve been reading a lot of letters to the editor lately about all the good people running for public office. Voters certainly have a wide range of choices, and I want to offer a quick story on Dwayne Romero, one of the council candidates. I also want to share with you the definition of “moxie.” It is a somewhat out-of-use term (especially in politics), used to describe someone with energy, pep, courage and determination, who possesses know-how and expertise.I have known Dwayne since he and his wife, Margaret, first moved to town. I first met them on a 10th Mountain Division hut trip. They were part of a group of strangers who arrived at the Betty Bear Hut one winter weekend. We all had a great time, cross-country ski touring around the hut during the day and swapping stories around the wood stove at night.On that hut trip, I learned that Dwayne was a bona fide East Texas Cajun, that he had served in the army, and was working on the Aspen Highlands base village project. He made no mention of the fact that he was a West Point or Harvard business school grad. He was too modest, I later figured. Instead, Dwayne was all grins, explaining that Margaret was pregnant with their first child, and Dwayne was so proud of her for having the moxie to ski all the way up to the Betty Bear for a weekend of fun, exploration and making new friends. Fast-forward several years to the present. Dwayne and Margaret now have three beautiful daughters, and Dwayne’s moxie has also been tested. He has been very successful, first with Hines, then with Obermeyer, and now on his own business pursuits, and he and Margaret are living proof that the American dream still exists.Dwayne was raised by a single mother who taught him that genuine happiness comes in service to others. Dwayne is giving back to our community, as witnessed by his local volunteer efforts with Rotary, the Aspen Historical Society, the Aspen Fire Protection District and Roaring Fork Leadership. As you consider your choices, I recommend Dwayne for City Council. He is superbly qualified to lead. With moxie.Thomas J. ToddSnowmass Village

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