Editor:

I am grateful to be your new representative on city council. Thank you. This was a collective effort.

To the 2A team — the highest voter turnout in Aspen history! A 21 percent increase. You should be proud.

To Rachel Richards, I look forward to serving with you — you are the definition of a public servant.

To the 1,433 voters who supported our campaign, I can’t wait to start implementing your vision for our community. To those who did not, I welcome the opportunity to serve you and to earn your support.

To the longtime locals, Art Daily, Bob Braudis, John Sarpa, Steve Wickes, Joe Disalvo — you helped me stay true to our history.

To the luminaries, Auden Schendler, Eden Vardy, Jess Ewart — you kept us progressive, inspired, and inclusive.

To the artists and experts, Steev Wilson, Chris Bendon, Peter Fornell, Nicole Birkhold, Alexis Ahrling, Kimbo-Brown Schirato, Fiona McDonald, Jamie Wedow — you gave this effort shape.

To the operators, Bear Matthews, Ashley Feddersen, Lizzie Cohen — we could not have run this campaign without you.

To those whose support we are honored to have earned, Gov. Jared S. Polis and Secretary White — I won’t let you down.

To my rocks, Nateal Pogliano, Linzy, Marilee, Larry, Peal, Arthur, Hellen and Elliot — I would not be here without you.

I ran to do big things. To make hard decisions and to insist and ensure our better days are ahead of us.

Housing is No. 1. We will keep our commitments to those who built this town and house 60 percent of our workforce. We will aim to be a shining light as the first city with 100 percent voter participation. We will work with new city management to remake our public engagement process, empowering us to accomplish long put-off community goals. We will invigorate our downtown core with affordable business and once again lead the world with scalable solutions to our climate crisis.

Throughout, I will strive to be honest, accessible and learning. I will remain eager to listen to anyone, regardless of income, occupation, years in town, or whom you voted for. I will strive to remain hopeful and positive, always grounded in Aspen’s history and traditions.

Mostly, I promise to give my all to the five-generation pledge that began this campaign: To leave Aspen better for our grandkids, than our grandparents left it for us.

Thank you Aspen. Onwards!

Skippy Mesirow

Aspen