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Marilyn for mayor

Dear Editor:

For the past 14 years or so, I have been a part-time Aspenite ” roughly five months each year.

I have watched with growing amusement and now with some disdain the goings-on with the local government. I really liked my neighbor and former mayor, Helen Klanderud. I felt she had a real sense of representing the folks in town who could make things happen ” for the better. Alas, she could not run again due to term limits.

Since she left, I have watched Mick Ireland dis more people than I can even count. He is heavy handed and seems to care very little for folks like me who pay substantial taxes, but have no say in who runs things in Aspen.

Aspen has been good to me in many ways. The main reason we moved to Aspen was the summer music festival. Then, we were introduced to the Institute and other amenities that only Aspen offers. Though I could enjoy skiing many places in Utah and Colorado, there simply is no place like Aspen in the summertime.

That said, I feel the local elected officials simply don’t give a rip about us part-timers. It is my opinion that Marilyn Marks would be an excellent mayor and would bring to the job great insight into existing problems and future opportunities. She has super credentials from having “run things” in a real business and accounting skills that have served her well as she uncovered “bad stuff” in the Burlingame debacle and other wasteful and poorly managed projects.

Marilyn would call upon the people in our community who have skills that are needed but are rarely utilized. How many ex-CEOs are at least part-time residents here and would gladly participate if called upon?

I’m hopeful we will have a new, clean slate to help bring Aspen back to be a wonderful thriving community once again.

David Grimes

Greensboro, N.C., and Aspen

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