Wampler makes his pitch | AspenTimes.com

Wampler makes his pitch

Dear Editor:Two years ago I ran for City Council. I was unprepared, lacked focus, had a scattered agenda, and was lacking confidence facing a crowd and a camera. And I lost BIG!But I wanted the job. So I went to school. I applied for and was accepted for a position on the Planning & Zoning Commission. I started attending council meetings and every political event I could. When decision time came up about two months ago, I consulted my family and my shop staff as to time commitments and if I was truly ready to make a run for council. The decision is obvious.I want this job. I have dedicated my past two years with the preparation needed to win and then be a good councilman. With the current economic situation, our council needs a businessman/retailer now more than ever.I will: Treat everyone equally and with respect. Continue to cherish the small-town character we all know and love. Work to make city government the right size and to provide the best in service. Be a good steward of your tax dollars and bring fiscal responsibility to our City Hall. Give fair, balanced viewpoints not make rash decisions, and have an open-door policy. Compromise as with all politics there is a give/take balance that is needed to be fair to all participants. Help elevate the role of council to a policy level, decision-making board as called for in the charter and to give the various commissions more consideration. To sum up, I am a longtime local (30-plus years) with a strong retail/business background (24-plus years). I am ready and able to unite the locals with the second-home owners and tourists. I have the patience to sit through long, boring meetings. I have common sense, courtesy, civility, and the ability to filter out the good from bad with decisions about Aspen.If you are really ready for a change, its time to bring in new blood to our council. Its time for someone who will make the hard decisions and stand by his answers. Its time to elect me, Michael Wampler, for Aspen City Council.Michael WamplerAspen

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