Kruger, Markle apply for Aspen council seat |

Kruger, Markle apply for Aspen council seat

Andre SalvailThe Aspen TimesAspen CO Colorado

ASPEN – Former Aspen Planning and Zoning Commissioner Ruth Kruger and self-employed landscape architect Cathy Markle applied this week for the interim City Council seat that Dwayne Romero is vacating to serve as Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s director of economic development.Markle filed her application on Tuesday and Kruger beat the Thursday 4 p.m. deadline by filing yesterday. They join seven others who want to fill the remainder of Romero’s term by serving on the council in April and May. Previously, Patti Kay-Clapper, Adam Frisch, Marcia Goshorn, Dan Kitchen, Howie Mallory, Jag Pagnucco and Cliff Weiss provided letters of intent with the city clerk’s office. The selection will be up to three council members – Derek Johnson, Steve Skadron and Torre – and Mayor Mick Ireland. They have 30 days following Romero’s last official day as a councilman, Feb. 28, in which to make a decision. Though Romero’s last regular council meeting was Monday, his departure is not officially final until the end of this month.Interviews with candidates are expected to be conducted in early March. A decision is likely sometime between middle and late March.Kruger is an Aspen commercial real estate broker, owner of Ruth Kruger and Company. During the previous decade, she served on the P&Z for five years, and was its chairwoman toward the end of her time on the commission.”I am experienced in the way the government works and with most of the personalities, both elected and employed,” she said in her application. “My learning curve should be short, as is the appointed term.”Kruger said she would bring a well-balanced, business perspective to the table. “As an active member of the (Aspen Chamber Resort Association), I can also be useful to facilitate the dialogue between the two organizations,” she wrote.Markle pointed out her past work with groups such as the Colorado Chapter of the American Planning Association, Colorado Municipal League, Colorado Association of Ski Towns and Northwest Colorado Council of Governments on a variety of projects. “My platform, if I have one, is the importance of giving back to my community and helping to be a part of solutions, not just to complain about problems. Our community is only as strong as we make it and I would like to contribute,” Markle wrote to the council.Markle added that she wants to work with the council as a team, “not to invent new agendas, but also to thoughtfully examine the issues from my own perspective.”

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