Put Tim’s credentials to work | AspenTimes.com

Put Tim’s credentials to work

Dear Editor: I am writing in enthusiastic support of Tim Semrau for mayor.My rationale:• Tim brings a needed balance of public service as an elected city official and a solid track record as a local businessman.• Tim brings the creativity of a scrappy entrepreneur who started in Aspen with little, and took advantage of the then-open society and opportunities to create stable local businesses. (Unlike others, he does not want to now close the community to other newcomers or entrepreneurs.) • Tim wants to encourage job opportunity and income growth for Aspen’s citizens, unlike his opponent, who is on the record for limiting job growth and opportunity, which obviously holds down wages for working citizens.• Tim appreciates the value that local businesses bring to Aspen and wants to encourage local entrepreneurs with incentives and support, rather than discourage their investment with punitive, impractical regulations.• Tim has demonstrated fiscal responsibility in city government and local business. He understands how to maintain proper financial controls, invest wisely and achieve success. • Tim understands firsthand the challenges and opportunities small businesses face in Aspen, and the environment we need to nurture their growth.• Tim believes in the benefits of affordable housing so much that he has invested the vast majority of his time and assets into building and promoting millions of dollars of such housing, which benefits this community. This is an example of creating and implementing REAL, practical solutions – not just talk.• Tim knows the negative impacts and the positive benefits of construction and knows, firsthand, practical ways to manage construction impacts hurting the employment base by shutting down construction.• Tim favors healthy economic growth and, unlike his opponent, does not desire an “economic slowdown,” which would decrease local employment opportunities and hurt local businesses. • Tim has diverse experience, which brings wisdom and valuable perspectives. He has lived and worked in other resort communities. He has been an employee, a resident of affordable housing, a business owner, a business partner with others, has risked his own capital, has been an elected official and an involved private citizen. These experiences demonstrate his ability to work with others, solve problems, execute ideas and find practical, successful, fiscally responsible solutions. Those are very unusual credentials for a political candidate. We will do well to put them to work for our city again.Marilyn MarksAspen

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