Johnson a man of integrity |

Johnson a man of integrity

Dear Editor:

A recurring debate during campaigns for local offices is whether the more experienced candidate, one who has served the public for years in various civic and volunteer capacities, is a better choice than someone who has never served, but believes he represents new, “dynamic ideas.”

The current Pitkin County commissioners all came to the board with vast and varied experience in advocacy groups, caucuses, volunteer boards and commissions, leadership councils, and state and local positions. Nowadays, it takes much more than an idea or two to be fit to govern.

Issues in Pitkin County are complex for a reason: We have a history of progressive preservation, conservation, controlled growth and social causes. It would be naive to think that someone with no experience in any of those areas, or any previous inclination to participate, would be effective.

Due to term limits on the board of county commissioners, we must replace a most experienced and savvy commissioner, Patti Clapper. Jack Johnson is the candidate with the heart, grit and expertise in all facets of Pitkin County governance to be immediately effective in that position.

It disturbs me greatly that Rob Ittner, showing a certain wily cynicism, continues to try to hide his political affiliations and agenda. Additionally, he is endorsed by several people who repeatedly prefer to operate anonymously and viciously, at least until they are called out. Being vigilant against their brand of sneaky politics is disheartening and exhausting.

Jack Johnson brings integrity and transparency to this campaign, as he will to the BOCC.

Ann Owsley

Woody Creek

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