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Letter: Having served with both, I support Ittner

Having served three terms as a Pitkin County commissioner, I am deeply concerned for our county populace, the land and the well-being of the Board of County Commissioners. Although we have two "good" candidates running for the District 1 commissioner seat, that is where the similarities end.

The choice between Rob Ittner and Patti Clapper, for me, is an easy one, as I served with both of them. There is no question that Rob has done a much better job representing the diverse interests of Pitkin County than his opponent did when she served. He is an articulate, compassionate commissioner with the right values relative to protecting our environment, including support for the Thompson Divide Coalition, our open space program, water issues, wilderness and the Wexner Land Exchange. He totally understands the needs of the county, be they those of the employees, seniors, less fortunate, business community, second-home owners or resort. His intelligent, professional approach never devolves into emotionalism. His understanding of the challenges we face as a county is based on his interaction with both locals and guests alike. His service on various committees ties in with the above and connects the county to statewide issues. His success as a local business owner brings a unique dimension to the Board of County Commissioners. His conservative approach to financial matters and the expenditure of public money serves the public and the county organization well. His relationship with county staff members is both professional and understanding of their needs. He understands the realities of land-use issues, respecting both property rights and our tough land-use code.

In conclusion, Rob has the vision, the understanding, the energy, the focus, the compassion and the right county and social values to continue to lead Pitkin County into the future. Bottom line: He is a fine commissioner, and as a result, I am pleased to support his candidacy.

Please return your mail-in ballot by Nov. 4 and vote for Rob Ittner for District 1 county commissioner.

Jack Hatfield

Snowmass Village