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Mullins’ record shows she’s worthy of re-election

I was delighted to read how many superlatives Maurice Emmer used in his letter to describe Ann Mullins: intelligent, thoughtful, hardworking and committed were among his list.

These are just the talents we seek and hope for in a city council member.

She supported the city staff’s quest to make our electric energy sources 100 percent renewable. This is an effort that began in the early 1980s with the joint city and county effort to install the Ruedi Reservoir generator. She and her colleagues will continue to work with Holy Cross in the quest to make the entire valley net zero one day.

She was bold to join her fellow council members to put in place a moratorium last year, covering all the commercial zones. She worked diligently with the council and staff to rewrite much of the commercial and lodging zoning. They constantly looked to the inspiration of the Aspen Area Community Plan to help chart their course. Already the city is being legally challenged by some landlords, which means that the new sections of the code are meaningful and have a bite.

She supported parking improvements, the We-Cycle program, the Castle Creek safety measures, and the much-needed renewal of the infrastructure of the pedestrian malls. She will continue to focus on transportation issues up and down the valley.

One of the recurring challenges of our ski resort town is the balance between the resort and the community. Keeping these two in harmony is not always easy but is what makes a healthy, prosperous lifestyle for locals and visitors alike. Ann has a strong grip on the pulse of this balance. She fully understands that measured progress is essential to the long term best interest of our town. She is able to make the bold decisions. She is always prepared and does her homework. She stays closely in touch with our residents.

We are lucky she has decided to stand again for another four year term. It will give her a chance to finish projects, initiate new ones and apply her experience to the challenging issues of the day. I urge you to support Ann’s bid for re-election and please talk to your friends and colleagues. Vote for Ann. Election Day is May 2, but this will again be a 100 percent mail-in ballot.

Bill Stirling

Aspen


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