Former Aspen City Councilman Dwayne Romero said he is “seriously considering” running for his old elected post.
Romero, who is president of Snowmass Base Village development firm Related Colorado, said the desire for leadership roles is “in my DNA” and that he has a track record of working to serve the greater good.
If he runs and is elected to one of the two council seats that will be open in the May 7 election, he said he would work for more regional cooperation between Aspen and the rest of the valley.
He also said he would like council to “be a bit more long term in its view, and start to think about what the valley looks like 10 to 20 years from now, as opposed to blocking and defending the current status.”
Political leadership also is about “being relevant, setting a good example for my kids and illustrating that if you want to make the world a better place, you have to put yourself in the middle of it,” Romero said.
Romero stepped down from council in February 2011 with about four months remaining on his term when Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed him to head the state’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade. He left that post within a few months, however, because of the grueling travel schedule that kept him in Denver and other locations around the state for a majority of his time.
Romero, 47, originally from East Texas, is a West Point graduate and former U.S. Army officer who served in the first Gulf War. He holds an MBA from Harvard and first moved to the valley to work for the Gerald Hines development firm that redeveloped Aspen Highlands in the late 1990s.
Romero, married with three daughters, said a council seat makes more sense than the mayoral post because of his already busy family and professional life. Related, after losing and then regaining the stalled Base Village project, hopes to start work again on the development during what would be Romero’s four-year council term.
Current council members Derek Johnson and Torre will see their terms end in June. Both men, as well as councilmen Adam Frisch and Steve Skadron, are considering a run for the mayoral seat being vacated by Mick Ireland. Meanwhile, Ireland is considering running for a City Council seat, as he cannot run again for mayor because of term limits. Other potential council candidates have yet to emerge.