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Vote Rachel, not Mick

Aspen Times writer

Dear Editor:And the answer is: NO.Contrary to rumor, I am not interested in appointment to the Aspen City Council. If there is a part of that word the rumor mongers do not understand (Is it the N? The O? The combination?), let me explain:I will not be applying for a vacancy on the council.If appointed in the absence of an application on my part, I will not serve.I have been in public service for 13 years, consuming most of my time and the better part of the only new automobile I have ever owned. If I were to return to public service as part of the Aspen Council, it would be via the ballot box.There is no “deal” with Rachel Richards, Torre or anyone else. I am supporting Rachel’s election, as I have many times in the past, precisely because she is a person who would not make the kind of deal being described in the rumors. I subscribe the Theodore Roosevelt’s view of politics (Citizenship in a Republic, 1910):”It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”Rachel does not stand on the sidelines muttering about solutions. She offers them and campaigns for them and accepts the political fallout for taking a stand on behalf of affordable housing (two Burlingame elections), transit (at least two RFTA elections), traffic solutions (light rail, modified direct), open space (the Smuggler purchase and open space vote) and recreation (The Rec Center and Ice Arena). You may not agree with all those efforts, but you can trust that there isn’t some sly deal making and waffling about her approach.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. She is the woman in the ring, and she deserves credit for that and that is why I work late at night on her behalf.We have worthy candidates here. I hope voters will focus on the substance of actual leadership and the character and spirit of the candidates rather than spurious rumors in making their decisions. However you feel, please vote on November 7, or vote early at the clerk’s office through November 3.Mick IrelandAspen

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