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Excellent support for True

Dear Editor:I am Jim True’s former spouse. While we are no longer husband and wife, the deep respect I have for Jim as a father, public servant, lawyer and friend has not diminished. Colette Penne, Herschel Ross, Shellie Roy, Wayne Ethridge and Bill Tuite, all former County Commissioners, wholeheartedly support Jim’s candidacy. They believe, as I do, that there is a clear difference between the candidates.Jim is a proven leader and has always made himself available to those who need his help. Jim was elected to the Board of County Commissioners in 1988 and was re-elected in 1992. He is a former president of GrassRoots Television, Aspen Junior Hockey and the Friends of Africa; he has served on the boards of directors of numerous other organizations, including RFTA, the Aspen/Pitkin County Housing Authority, the Early Learning Center, the Aspen Child Care Center and the Valley Partnership for Drug Prevention. He is currently Pitkin County’s land-use hearing officer and the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport hearing officer.Jim is a dedicated environmentalist. Pitkin County was not recycling trash in 1989 when Jim took office. Within Jim’s first year as a commissioner, Pitkin County instituted its recycling program.Jim has the courage to stand up for his convictions. He promoted the controversial legislation to protect rural and remote areas of Pitkin County from development. Individuals with interests in these areas have been given the opportunity to build homes in more accessible areas, and Pitkin County is a better place because of it.Jim gets things done. During Jim’s eight years in office the Health and Human Services Building, the Assisted Living Facility, the new library and the former Youth Center next to the courthouse were all built in Pitkin County. The county purchased the Courthouse Plaza Building and donated the land on which the co-housing employee housing project was built. The Twin Ridge, Williams Woods and Williams Ranch employee housing projects were also built and Jim helped the tenants at Aspen Village, Lazy Glen and W/J to purchase their homes.Substantial improvements were made to Highway 82 between 1989 and 1996 due, in large part, to the effort of the Board of County Commissioners. During the same period, Pitkin County secured the public’s access for the bike path from Aspen to Glenwood Springs by purchasing the right-of-way.Jim is a problem-solver. As a practicing attorney in Aspen for 27 years, Jim has helped people attain their goals and solve their problems. He has represented homeowners in real estate transactions, helped clients start businesses and others plan their estates. He has helped citizens who have been injured and those who have lost loved ones. He has been honored to help friends adopt a child.I am grateful for Jim’s hard work and proud of his many accomplishments. He is intelligent, compassionate, kind and humble. Please join me in voting for Jim True for Pitkin County commissioner on Nov. 7. Nina TrueAspen