Letter: Ittner the right choice for Pitkin County
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 organization. Although we have two “good” candidates running for the District 1 BOCC 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 it those of the employees, seniors, the less fortunate, the business community, second-home owners and the 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 BOCC. His conservative approach to financial matters and the expenditure of public monies serves the public and the county organization well. His relationship with county staff 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 Ittner has the vision, understanding, energy, focus, 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.
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