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Words of gratitude from Frisch

Adam Frisch
Guest column
Adam Frisch

I would like to offer congratulations to Skippy Mesirow and Rachel Richards for being elected to City Council for the next 4 years. Clearing the run-off hurdle with two other strong candidates in the race is a notable accomplishment. Bert Myrin and Linda Manning also worked hard to make their cases to the voters.

I offer sincere congratulations as well to Torre and Ann Mullins for moving forward to the run-off for mayor. Hopefully Cale Mitchell will also find a way to continue to add to the community discussions. All candidates should be congratulated on putting themselves out in the public eye, under scrutiny, to serve our community. Everyone’s participation elevated the dialogue during the election.

With the Lift One corridor now decided, during the run-off process I hope the community will get back to focusing on the other important issues and opportunities that face Aspen in making sure we remain an authentic community.

While there is no doubt the Lift One question brought out an increase in voters, the March election date also needs to be credited for a major part in the large voter turnout. While it was a lot more hectic to campaign during the busy season, and difficult for some voters to focus on the election as much as they would have liked, the increase in voter participation gives me comfort in my public support for moving the election day to March.

I want to thank Nicole Henning, Jim True, Andrea Bryant, the Election Commission, and all the volunteers who helped run a smooth and well-run election process.

I would also like to thank all of those that helped during our campaign. For me, the hardest part of any election is seeking help from others, especially when all I am trying to do is offer my own help to our community. Thank you to those that donated money, and even more importantly your names in support and words of encouragement. A special note of thanks to the Helzberg and Potamkin families, Barbara and Bruce Berger, and Sarah Broughton and John Rowland for the most personal level of support, opening up your homes on my behalf. To my chief volunteer and treasurer, Pam Cunningham, a sincere thank you.

Lastly, I want to thank Katy, Felix, and Quintessa for their support and understanding of my passion for elected community service and leadership. The sacrifices I imposed on our family over the past 8 years will hopefully be a life lesson for my family in how to always find time to give back to the places we call home.

It has been an honor to help lead this community forward during my terms. I will continue to remain involved in other aspects of community service for this town that remains a special place to live, work, play, and raise families — including my own. Until my term ends on June 10, I will continue to work hard at the council table to make sure that Aspen’s future remains even brighter than its very remarkable and important past.