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Vote for Derek Johnson

Dear Editor:

This May, Aspen will vote to elect two new council members as well as a mayor at a time when optimism and hope for a new tomorrow reign throughout our country, yet the harsh realities of tough economic times weigh heavily on our nation and the community of Aspen.

Now more than ever, we need smart leadership that can deal with the issues of today but still shape a vision for the future of Aspen. I am running for city council because I believe we are at a unique crossroads in the history of Aspen and I can better represent the diverse Aspen community. Our community and resort are inextricably linked. We are not either or, we are both: a community and a resort.

There is an urgent need for a City Council that is responsive and accountable to residents, business owners, second home owners and visitors alike. We are facing an economy that will force us to respond with creative solutions to derailed development projects, worker layoffs and decreased sales and lodging tax revenues, to name a few.

I have the skills and experience of a business owner, I live in and understand employee housing and I balance the realities of smart development with the concern for overdevelopment. I believe that residents want innovative solutions; that leadership requires teamwork and that my 18 years spent collaborating with business partners in the Aspen community, with school board officials and families in the Aspen School district, participation in the Lift 1A COWOP and with Snowmass Resort Association members positions me well for a seat on Aspen City Council.

My wife Kerri and I have lived here in the valley for nearly 20 years. We are raising two sons and are expecting our third child. We own an employee housing unit, run a business and I’ve coached the high school football team, all within the city limits. I want and am committed to ensuring that future generations have these same opportunities.

This May 5, vote for our future, vote for Derek Johnson, the candidate with the right experience, attitude and balanced priorities to deal with the problems of today and help shape and preserve our future. Vote because you care about Aspen as much as I do.

I thank you for your support. For more information please visit my web site, http://www.VoteDerekJohnson.com.

Derek Johnson

Aspen


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