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Johnson has proven record

Dear Editor:Jack Johnson is the most experienced and qualified candidate running for Pitkin County Commission. He deserves our support and vote. While he has had to endure the unfortunate malicious and vindictive attacks by the creators/writers of the “Red Ant,” we should all consciously ignore this carefully planned smear campaign, and concentrate on the real issues and what matters to locals, businesses and residents of Pitkin County.We all came to this valley because of the beautiful environment, recreation, the arts and cultural events that Aspen and its surroundings has to offer. Jack recognizes the importance of promoting these interests, and has worked with ACRA and Skico to promote eco-tourism and jobs, as well as local residency for our hardworking people and their families.He is one who will encourage sustainable jobs through sound policies and sensible growth, not the “boom-and-bust” mentality of his Republican opponent Rob Ittner.Jack has a proven record as a former member of Aspen City Council and P&Z, and he has served on the Community Office of Resource Efficiency and Ruedi Water and Power Authority boards. He understands the important issues at hand, will work hard for long-term sustainable green strategies to create jobs, and protect our water, environment and agriculture throughout the valley.Our valley has maintained its rural character and appeal thanks to our first responsible land-use commissioners and stewards of decades ago: Dwight Shellman Jr., Joe Edwards and Michael Kinsley, all of whom had the foresight to set in motion open space protection from sprawling subdivisions, mini-marts and shopping centers. Jack will strive to continue these policies to preserve our rural character from rapid expansion, sprawl and development. He will put forth policies which are sustainable through “resource efficiency and mitigation” and will preserve the values of our community.As the best man, vote for Jack, a hardworking, intelligent man who will help set good policies for Pitkin County.Junee KirkAspen