Successful paths to elected office
Dear Editor:In California, Arnold Schwarzenegger was a successful movie star, and now he is the governor. He is regarded as the most effective governor California has ever seen. How did this happen? How did the governor go from Austrian immigrant to movie star to body politic? Answer: He rose to the top in California’s greatest industry – film. He proved himself a fearless leader in his industry. The people of California saw that quality and took an educated guess that this effective man could somehow do the same in politics. He did. California is the new leader in the green movement, health insurance and stem cell research. They are the sixth largest economy in the world, and they are setting a world example, far outpacing the federal government in everything that they do. They have Arnold to thank for it.In New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a billionaire businessman who made the claim to New Yorkers that he could make the city better. With no political background at all, Bloomberg won the election. Why? Because the people of New York recognized and respected Mr. Bloomberg’s financial accomplishments and took an educated guess that this effective man could somehow have the same efficacy in politics. He did. New York is now the safest big city in the world. Terrorism does not exist. The budget is balanced, and they have Michael to thank for it.In Aspen, Tim Semrau is running for mayor. With a successful career in green design and development, and two successful retail businesses in town, he is a prospering Aspenite. He used his accounting degree to get Burlingame built. He used his design firm’s policies to hold the project to the highest green standards. He used his creative business mind to build more affordable housing than any man in Aspen history. Now, Tim is offering to take what he has learned in his industries and apply that knowledge as mayor. He can reduce construction stress, achieve new levels of environmental stewardship, build better affordable housing, and increase our quality of life, and he can do it through experience.When you vote May 8, consider the real world accomplishments of Tim Semrau. He is successful by design. He embodies our mind, body, spirit ideology. He shares our love for Aspen. He will gently guide Aspen to its position as the world leader of the small town community, and he will do it through applied knowledge.Vince LaheyAspen
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