Laid-off Aspen city employee runs for council seat
ASPEN ” Jason Lasser, an Aspen government employee who was laid off last week, has announced his candidacy for City Council.
Lasser, 40, is the special projects planner for the city’s Community Development Department. He was informed last week that as of April 6, he no longer has a job.
The abrupt end to his employment is what prompted Lasser to run for one of two open council seats, which hold four-year terms. But as a 20-year resident, Lasser said he also cares about the future of the community and is clued in to the issues more than most people.
Lasser has been the lead planner on several projects and closely involved with many community-wide initiatives, including the ZG Master Plan, which contemplates redeveloping downtown’s civic area. As a community development planner, he also knows the land-use code inside and out.
As a former member of the Historic Preservation Commission, Lasser has reviewed and made decisions on many land-use projects. Now, he wants to take that experience to a higher level.
“For me it’s like [junior varsity] decision-making and I want to go to varsity,” Lasser said.
An architect by trade, Lasser worked for Al Beyer on various public projects, including the environmentally friendly treehouse and strawbale structures at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies.
Lasser also worked on the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club building, as well as the Fritz and Fabi Benedict, and Braun huts, which are part of the 10th Mountain Division system.
See Thursday’s Aspen Times for more on Lasser’s candidacy.
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