Reasons for Mick |

Reasons for Mick

Dear Editor:Next fall, Aspen Middle School students will be moving into a “green,” structurally sound, beautifully lit, healthy learning environment. The Aspen School District Superintendent and Board of Education deserve a lot of credit for this project.The district’s planning and policies led to the concept and construction of this wonderful school – but without Mick Ireland’s help at the polls, we might not have passed the middle school bond on election day.The 2005 middle school bond election race was particularly tough because it was a non-presidential-election year. Mick volunteered countless hours of his time to helping the cause. Without Mick’s campaign strategies and expertise, the bond for the middle school might not have passed.Mick stepped up to the plate because he cares about Aspen’s schools. His beloved niece and nephew (Kate and Jack) are enrolled in the Aspen public school system. He is a substitute teacher at the school district.Even if I do not personally agree with Mick on every issue, I do know that his record is one of honesty and integrity. He is not in this mayoral race for personal gain.He is in this race because he cares about Aspen as a community. His vision for Aspen is one of environmentally sensitive, slow growth. This will ensure that Aspen will continue to be a magical place for us to raise our kids.These are the reasons I’m voting for Mick for mayor May 8.Blanca O’LearyAspen

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