Most of the members of City Council have pleasant personalities, but they are not all equally skilled in listening to public opinion. Steve Skadron is not only sensitive to what the public wants, he is able to distinguish between common sense for developers versus common sense for residents. If memory serves, Steve Skadron was the only council member who took a stand against the art museum, which was clearly the choice of the voting residents, and Skadron spoke out against the library expansion, which was also the choice of the voting public. Steve Skadron has been the only council member who consistently agreed with public opinion protecting our small-town character against overgrowth and speaking pro-Aspen as opposed to pro-development. We need to strike a balance and I believe Steve can accomplish that balance to maintain our town’s charm and character.
Steve indicates he wants to restore strong fiscal oversight with a more efficient decision-making process, maintain a vibrant downtown core while maintaining Aspen’s small-town character, and bring civility back to the local government process. Sounds like the right priorities to me. Steve is one of the few conscientious council members who consistently responds to my communications, so I don’t feel I’m communicating into a void.
I firmly believe Steve Skadron can most effectively maintain a respectful balance between Aspen’s visitors, its second-home owners, and Aspen’s locals. I like the fact that Steve has extensive international travel experience and has lived in other places because I don’t think anyone who has lived in Aspen for 30 years has sufficient varied, diverse experience to bring lessons learned from other towns to improve our beloved Aspen. I encourage you to vote for Steve Skadron for Aspen’s mayor.