Romero says he’ll run for Aspen City Council

Staff report
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO, Colorado
Paul Conrad/The Aspen Times

ASPEN – Former Aspen City Councilman Dwayne Romero announced Sunday that he plans make another run in the upcoming May election.

Romero joins Art Daily as the second Aspen resident to announce his candidacy for City Council. There are two open seats on the council in the May election.

Romero served on Aspen City Council following a win in the May 2007 election. He left the council in January 2011 after Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed him as executive director of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade. He left after six months on the job and currently is president of Related Colorado, which owns commercial and lodging properties in Snowmass Village.

“I have the skills and abilities to help lead Aspen over the next four years as we tackle the challenges of today and tomorrow,” Romero said in a statement. “I believe that we can and should improve on the public trust, confidence, and respect held for city government. This starts at City Council, and it hinges upon the individual performance of each elected official.

“I am confident I can be a vital and essential element in elevating the collective leadership performance of council. The community deserves nothing more than our best.”

Romero is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and served in the Army for seven years, both stateside as a planning and operations officer for the Corps of Engineers and in a leadership role in combat in the Persian Gulf War. He also has earned his MBA from Harvard Business School.

So far, Adam Frisch, Steve Skadron and Torre, all members of Aspen City Council, have formally announced a run for mayor. Current Mayor Mick Ireland can’t run because of term limits, and he has yet to make an announcement about whether he will run for a seat on City Council.

Petitions to qualify for council or mayor are available in the City Clerk’s Office starting March 18. Mayoral candidates must record at least 25 valid voter signatures under the process. The deadline to turn them in is 5 p.m. April 5.