Skippy wants to win honestly | AspenTimes.com

Skippy wants to win honestly

You deserve a representative who treats you with respect and honesty, whether it benefits them or not.

Recently, an op-ed and a letter to the editor containing misleading information were published. I am correcting the record so you may vote based on accurate information.

The op-ed stated, “I (Bert Myrin) am the only City Council candidate against contributing $4.36 million of our community tax dollars, (and) against sacrificing affordable housing for 44.9 employees.” This is untrue.

I am unequivocally against any reduction in affordable housing mitigation and unnecessary investment of city funds. In a Jan. 28 Aspen Times interview, I stated “1. I would never sacrifice housing for any development. 2. I would not put city funds into subsidies of $1,000-plus/night hotel rooms.” My position has been consistent throughout seven public forums, a multitude of posts and questionnaires, my website, and my record at P&Z meetings going back years. Tellingly, Bert sits on the council that permitted this incentive program, resulting in less affordable housing, without any attempt to alter the code.

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This article also implies that a “No” on 1A is possible, which is misleading. Both a “yes” and a “no” vote result in development, just of different types.

In a recent letter, a citizen concerned with an “under-parked project” wrote, “(P&Z) ignored the concerns and voted 4-3 to approve. … A vote for Mesirow will be a vote for development.” This represents a fundamental misunderstanding of what P&Z does. We approve or deny projects based on existing code, not opinions in the room. Parking met the code set forth by this council. I am running precisely to create better policy that will protect against overdevelopment.

I have approached my campaign with straightforwardness, respect, a willingness to listen, and an acceptance of differing viewpoints. I have knocked on the doors of more than 4,000 voters, speaking to each with 100 percent candor. That’s how we passed 2A with over 2,400 votes!

I am always available to you for further discussion at skippy.mesirow@gmail.com / 847-530-0811 / skippyforaspen.com.

Please vote March 5!

Skippy Mesirow

Aspen


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