Ittner has paid his dues |

Ittner has paid his dues

Dear Editor:

I support Rob Ittner for Pitkin County commissioner. Rob is qualified in many ways.

Rob is owner of Rustique Bistro. He has first-hand experience with local worker issues, employee housing, and the local economy.

Rob is invested in the community. Rather than migrate to a large city for “better” opportunities and lower cost of living, Rob was an integral part of the creation of the Aspen Young Professionals Association. AYPA was founded in 2003 by a group of nine young professionals living/working in Aspen who wanted to network with other young professionals in the Aspen community.

The goals of AYPA are to help recruit and retain a young, vibrant professional community in Aspen and the surrounding area. AYPA has three focuses: business development, community awareness and involvement, and providing networking opportunities. What started as a group of nine young professionals has grown to a nonprofit organization with currently 250 active members.

Rob served on the board of AYPA for six years. I had the opportunity to sit on the board with Rob for five years. While passionate about certain issues, Rob has always conducted himself in a professional manner, stating his opinion and providing others the platform to state theirs – listening and understanding those whose opinions differed from his.

Rob is a skilled leader. Rob is a recent graduate of Roaring Fork Leadership. RFL is a program that teaches skills to make people more effective leaders – whether it be at work, home, or in the community. Skills learned in RFL include: critical thinking, collaboration, and engaging diverse perspectives.

And as if all that weren’t enough … Rob is a Big Buddy with the Buddy Program.

Local business owner, involved in the community, invested in the community, and experienced leader … Rob Ittner will work to make this valley a vibrant, thriving community for those who live and work here.

I urge you to support Rob Ittner and vote for him on Aug. 10

Bill Simon


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