Aspen City Councilwoman Mullins, in her own words
I am announcing my candidacy for re-election to the Aspen City Council.
I am running for my second term, and while much has been accomplished in the past four years, there is still much to do. Our major accomplishment in the past four years has been the complete rewrite of the land-use code. It now reflects and implements the goals of the Aspen Area Community Plan and ensures that we have a well-defined framework for maintaining and nurturing our town’s unique character.
In addition to that, we have made significant progress in supporting small lodges in town, addressing transportation and parking issues, developing a strategy for supporting health and human services, improving the downtown built environment and continually improving our response to environmental issues.
There is more that needs to be accomplished. We continue to be challenged by transportation issues, whether it is parking, transit and/or traffic. Our boards and commissions work hard but could become more integral in policy development and decision-making. Environmental issues continue to be at the forefront as our resources become more limited and vulnerable and the demand for them continues to increase. The same can be said for our human resources. Anticipating that federal support for health and human services will continue to decrease, we, the city of Aspen, need to support our population needs to the greatest extent possible. While we have experimented with many techniques for public outreach and continue to increase transparency, there is always a need to improve both. And all this while maintaining a strong economic base.
My qualifications: After four years on council I have learned a tremendous amount about how to get things done for the city. I am dedicated to the job and work hard. I bring knowledge and experience to the job gained from my years as a business owner and planner/urban designer/landscape architect. I want to finish the things I have started and initiate new efforts that are essential to the city. Most importantly though, I believe that as a dynamic and open-minded city, we have a chance to pursue civic mindedness, environmental responsibility and a collaborative approach to improving our home. I have laid the foundation for this over the past four years, and if elected will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that Aspen continues to be a great place to live, work and play.
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