Mayor hopefuls speak: Part 6 of 6 | AspenTimes.com

Mayor hopefuls speak: Part 6 of 6

Karl Herchenroeder
The Aspen Times

Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron and former Councilman Torre will compete for the mayor’s seat in the May 5 election. This is part six in a six-part series with the candidates. (Read parts one, two, three, four and five at http://www.aspentimes.com.)

Today’s question: Ask yourself a question and respond.

Torre

What would you like to say to voters?

I ask for your vote in this election to bring representation, leadership and accountability to City Hall. I will represent you by listening and working with you on the issues that challenge us. I will have public input at work sessions, respect our volunteer boards and open lines of communication to ensure your voice is heard. I will bring much-needed leadership back to City Hall. The mayor needs to show strong leadership. Instead of deferring to the manager and staff, it is the mayor’s job, as lead representative, to make sure the council is setting policy and it is being followed. As mayor, I answer to you, and my top priority is accountability. I will take responsibility for City Hall performance. I will set outcome measures for what we do as well as how we do it. I promise to reconnect this community to its council, lead council direction to staff and demand accountability from City Hall. This election, vote Torre for mayor.

Steve Skadron

In “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” episode “De Ja Q,” what is Q’s solution to Bre’el-IV’s dilemma when its moon begins to fall out of orbit and threaten their planet?

Change the gravitational constant of the universe.

Sometimes in this job, I feel like that’s what we’re trying to accomplish. A mere thing like “changing the gravitational constant of the universe.” The fact is, we’re up against strong market forces and changing demographics. The constant in our universe is to ask, “What is the effect on our community in pursuit of a healthy resort economy?” Both my track record and my goals are to balance those interests and ensure a sustainable future.

herk@aspentimes.com


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