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Letter: Rob Ittner is the kind of leader we need

Rob Ittner is the kind of leader we need

I write to express support for Rob Ittner's reelection to the Board of County Commissioner.

Rob is an outdoor enthusiast who loves our valley and the nature that surrounds us. I've hiked with him, skied with him, and discussed difficult environmental issues with him. Rob has worked hard to protect the Thompson Divide from future oil and gas development. Rob's actions (and votes) speak for his respect for our valley.

Rob's commitment to our community and the welfare of the people who live in it also speaks for itself. He voted to increase the "Healthy Community Fund". He is active in Rotary, the premiere service organization in the valley which raises approximately $250,000 each year that goes to support youth sports like junior hockey, youth golf, gymnastics, AVSC, Boy Scouts, as well as Raise-A-Reader, English in Action, and many other valley organizations. He helped found Aspen Young Professionals Association – with the goal of supporting a community of young people who will stay here to build careers and keep our community vibrant. He has volunteered as a big buddy in the Buddy Program. Rob's actions (and votes) speak for his deep caring about the citizens of this valley.

Rob has successful business and leadership experience. Rob started as a young professional in this town and made smart decisions, sacrificed, and built a successful and respected business. He knows how to write a budget, manage resources, and build a loyal staff who stays with him year after year because he takes care of people. The BOCC oversees a $90 million budget and approximately 250 employees. Rob's success story speaks to his ability to lead the business of our county.

Rob is moderate, thoughtful, accessible, and humble. He is standing on that street corner day in and day out because he wants to earn your support and respect. He does not think the seat belongs to him or that the community owes him a job. He has been successful – and he offers his skills and abilities to better his community.

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Please vote for Rob and encourage your friends to do the same — he is the kind of leader we want and need in local government.

Peter Waanders

Aspen

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