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Tim Semrau for mayor

Dear Editor:I encourage the citizens of Aspen to get out and vote in the May election, I also encourage everyone to familiarize themselves with each candidate, what they stand for, their experience, their background, their resume, etc.Aspen is a world-class destination and city. Aspen needs a mayor experienced in both government and business. Tim Semrau is that candidate. It is not a negative that Tim Semrau’s professional career includes real-estate development. In fact, it is a huge positive that he designed, developed and built several projects of which affordable housing is the primary component. He is the only candidate who has the experience and expertise to run a city government with a $100 million-plus budget. Affordable housing is a very important issue in our city. Tim is the only candidate that has real-world experience in making a real estate project successful with incorporating affordable housing into it, without government funding. Other candidates may have been involved in policy decisions on affordable housing, but none of them has both the experience of taking part in policy decisions and actually implementing it and building it. With the large surplus of city funds dedicated to affordable housing over the coming years, the city itself is likely going to take on a larger role as a real-estate developer. Tim Semrau has the experience to lead the city of Aspen and to effectively balance good business with government policy.Aspen needs a leader who can take real world experience and knowledge and apply it to solving everyday problems. We need a mayor who is innovative in solving problems and has a rational, common-sense approach to implementing ideas. Tim Semrau is that candidate.Jeff KuhlmanAspen

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