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Ireland devoted to Aspen

Dear Editor:

Mick Ireland is one of the most fulfilled and self-realized persons I know. As an Aspen Times reporter from 1980 to 1985, his beats included covering the BOCC and City Council. His obligatory column – “The View from Ireland” – displayed an intellectual fascination with the political process.

He got a law degree, came back to Aspen and waited for his chance. Fortune favors the bold and opportunity is caught best by the prepared. He was 42 when he caught the brass ring of an interim BOCC appointment in 1993.

From then until now, he has had one vote among five on three successive BOCCs and two City Councils. Local governance is a process of immense complexity.

I once asked J.E. DeVilbiss how much time he had to give to be a councilman and he said: “As much as you want.”

Mick is a policy wonk and a political negotiator. He has never been a radical. He is very mainstream; he negotiates with his colleagues and the citizenry to move business forward. Mick is also a community organizer in the Obama-in-Chicago sense. He has had the magic touch to turn apathy into enthusiasm and voter turnout for issues that he has committed himself to. He is an acknowledged master of progressive politics.

A third term will give him time to help bring current projects to completion and to direct the orientation of new ones. He is at the peak of his powers to keep making things happen. He loves his job and this town. Who wouldn’t feel happy and fulfilled?

Stick with Mick.

David Bentley

Aspen


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