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Insider’s view of Ittner

Dear Editor:

In response to your readers who have expressed that they feel that they do not know Pitkin County commissioner candidate Rob Ittner or do not know where he stands on issues, it is not too late for them to learn about Rob, his positions, and the qualities he possesses that make him worthy of the support of the voters of Pitkin County. Rather than relying on the media or the materials of Rob’s opponent, I encourage voters to contact Rob directly with their questions and concerns (e-mail at rob@voterobittner.com) and to read his outline of issues and ideas on his website at voterobittner.com.

While I strongly believe that Rob Ittner and the materials he has prepared are the best sources of information about his candidacy, I do feel that – being his girlfriend – I have an insider scoop on Rob and his campaign that may be of value to voters.

Every politician had a first campaign. This is Rob’s. While Rob Ittner does not have a track record in City Hall yet, his positive impact on the county is evident in the diverse projects he has been involved with. When Rob recognizes an area that would benefit from improvement either personally, in his business, or in his community, he seeks a solution. It’s not just his experience but also his actions and his can-do approach to life that distinguish him as a candidate and demonstrate that he is prepared to represent the county.

Another hot topic seems to be Rob Ittner’s party affiliation. Rob has been open about the fact that he is a registered Republican. Although it might have been more popular to change his affiliation before the election, he was confident that voters could discern that his intention is not to serve a political party, but rather to serve the best interests of the county. Rob is an independent thinker and decision maker. He examines situations from multiple perspectives that he actively seeks out and makes assessments from a place of integrity. (For the record, I am a registered Democrat, and Rob and I get along just fine.)

Finally, Rob Ittner has run an issues-based and positive campaign. When the controversial hittheroadjackj.com website appeared, Rob personally contacted Johnson and Milias to express his disapproval of the site and asked Milias to take the site down. Rob also publicly announced his disapproval of the website, yet he has continued to receive criticism. I don’t know what pound of flesh Rob’s critics want from him, but the issue has been utterly exacerbated. Throughout the campaign, Rob has kept to the high road and refrained from engaging in defensive tactics despite enormous pressures. I couldn’t be prouder of him.

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Rob Ittner is intent on preserving the quality of life in Pitkin County and has the skills, intelligence, and judgment to be its steward. Please take the time to learn about this remarkable candidate and vote Rob Ittner for county commissioner.

Frances Atkins

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