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True gives back

Dear Editor:Elections are just a week away, and by now everyone should have a good idea of who our county commissioner candidates are and where they stand on the issues.Mick Ireland states that “anyone can claim the mantle of leadership. It’s quite another thing to pick up the phone and cold call your neighbors and ask for their vote or knock on hundreds of doors and ask for their vote for a community cause.”Well, Mick, it’s one thing to work hard for something you want; cold calls and knocks on doors are all part of campaigning, to which Jim True is no stranger.However, it’s another story to give of yourself just because it’s needed. Jim True left the BOCC in 1997 due to term limits, but he didn’t sink into oblivion. He channeled his energies into his children and their activities, as well as other avenues of public service. Jim has kept his feet in county government by serving as the Pitkin County Airport hearing officer and the Pitkin County land-use hearing officer. Additionally, he serves or has served on the board for many, many nonprofit organizations, such as Aspen Junior Hockey, Valley Partnership for Drug Prevention, Friends of Africa and Grassroots TV. He is not just sitting on the sidelines but volunteers his time endlessly to our community.Jim True gives back to the public in ways that may not be in the limelight but are meaningful nonetheless. I’ve seen him volunteer to run the clock at hockey games, give “color” commentary when GrassRoots TV covers local school sporting events, set up and tear down gymnastics equipment, assist at the hospital health fair, moderate debates for other elections, direct parking for the college fair, time swimmers for the local swim meet, drive the supply truck for school outdoor ed. programs, etc. … the list goes on and on. He does these things not for public recognition, but because he truly believes in helping out – he cares.I ask the citizens of Pitkin County to join me in voting for Jim True for county commissioner, the candidate who has the education, experience, heart and disposition for the job.Vicki SeyffertAspen