Give Ittner a chance
I am writing this letter in support of Rob Ittner for the Pitkin County commissioner seat in District 1.
I have known Rob for most of my seven years in Aspen, and worked for him for more than a year when he owned Range restaurant a couple of years back. We haven’t always agreed on everything, but he’s always had my respect as an upstanding man of great intelligence, with a gift for speaking his mind and listening to others. He is one of the hardest workers I have ever met, and one of the smartest people I know in Aspen. Rob says what he means and means what he says – which seems a rare trait, unfortunately – which is just one of the reasons I was happy to hear he’s running for county commissioner.
Like so many folks in our beautiful valley, I have been personally affected by this painful and seemingly never-ending economic downturn. I lost one source of income and I am working harder for less money from another source. This kind of makes me the “average man'” these days. And as that average person, I’m really happy to have a person running for office who has to deal with the same stuff as I do every day; a guy that – this is in no way a fact, merely a guess – asks himself at least once a day, “How the hell am I going to make this work?” Same as we all do. And make it work he does.
He deals with our local economic slump day in and day out, and the financial viability of his business, his personal livelihood, is inextricably tied to the state of the local economy. For me, that makes him the guy to vote for. (In addition, briefly, he owns employee housing and is one of those sporty, outdoors fanatics who care deeply about the environment – both huge issues in Pitkin County in which he is personally involved.)
I think that if we, as a community, give him a chance, he can initiate some positive change in Pitkin County, set us on the path to a localized economic recovery, and probably put some money back into the pockets of us local workers. And if none of that really fazes you, then, well, he’s just a really cool guy. But don’t take my word for it. Go visit him at Rustique sometime.
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