The horse race and the substance
Aspen being a part of America, much as we would sometimes deny it, and American politics being ever more a sporting contest than an exercise in choosing leaders based on substance, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that public interest focuses more on election outcomes than political hopes and aspirations.
Thus, the question I hear most often with a week left in the campaign is: Who will win? Not who should win, not what will happen if certain people win and others don’t, not why, not how but who, who, who will win.
Mesirow has the energy to work hard for our community
Over the past seven years the Hope Center has worked diligently to spread the word about mental illness and resource accessibility. The goal was to begin conversations about suicide, substance use and depression in order to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and reaching out for care.
Mesirow is the voice of a generation
Recently I ran into two people who — against all odds — didn't know Skippy. "You must know Skippy," I told them. "Young, energetic, articulate, dramatic sweep of blond hair — he's running for Aspen City Council. He's a passionate, progressive entrepreneur. Kind of a prodigy, but super social and charismatic. Skippy is the voice of our generation."
They seemed intrigued, so I told them why I'm voting for Skippy: He's our candidate for a modern, sustainable, happy future, I said. He aims to digitize housing inventory in Aspen so we can see the full picture — like, how has this not happened yet? Skippy wants to open up empty, under-used spaces for small businesses, start-ups, and collaborative workspace. His position on urban development reflects an understanding that community connection in this valley is crucial to individual wellbeing. He's traveled the world on personal and humanitarian missions — no wonder he's against dams that might jeopardize our precious water supply. Everyone's pro-environment, but Skippy will be around the longest to endure climate change … so you know he cares the most! And he has the vitality to get real work accomplished, not just talk about it.
Skippy is the voice of our generation, I repeated. Let's make sure that voice is heard loud and clear.
Skippy for mayor 20XX!
Aspen's golden boy
I have heard Skippy Mesirow described as outgoing, talented, intelligent, reliable, etc., and while I agree with all these descriptions, I am lucky enough to call him my big brother and best friend. In the past 20 years, there is no one I have ever looked up to like I do Skippy. I admire him so dearly not only because he is my brother but because there is no better role model anyone could have.
Skippy has always made sure to lead by the best example he could set for a little sister 10 years younger. One of the most important things that he taught me, however, was to put 110 percent into everything as he does, whether it is work, philanthropy, helping out other Aspen residents, or his relationships. I know that just as he has always put 110 percent into everything I have ever seen him do in 20 years, he would put 110 percent into being your councilman.
Mesirow is a model citizen
I write this letter to speak about one of my oldest and dearest friends and confidants, Skippy Upton Mesirow. He would be an amazing council member for the city of Aspen. Skippy is always around when you need a hand, sage advice or any type of assistance; to be frank, he is one of the kindest and most caring people I have ever met. If given the opportunity, he will make Aspen a better place for all its residents.
Skippy and I worked on the campaign of the secretary of state for Illinois, Jesse White. During this time, I saw first-hand the passion he held for civic duty. It is hard to explain the grind of a political campaign to someone never involved in one; it is like rubbing stones together to make sand. We phone banked, made donor calls, worked with other politicians, created mailers, and worked with local voters and individuals. For many, this would feel overwhelming, but with Skippy on my side, we always learned, helped others and had fun. He is what politics needs, a true outside thinker who acts for the betterment of society and not for personal gains.