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CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE :  Christine Benedetti, Ruthie Brown, Blanca O’Leary, Barbara Reid, Bill Stirling, Gyles Thornely

It’s a runoff election!

Intelligent, strong, balanced leadership to preserve what we love and effect change where it is needed.

Vote for Ann in the second mayoral race on April 2nd

CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE :  Christine Benedetti, Ruthie Brown, Blanca O’Leary, Barbara Reid, Bill Stirling, Gyles Thornely

The Issues

Responsible, Controlled Growth

It is critical that we direct growth in ways that make sense. Developers will be held to mitigation requirements in our land use code, and if the code is inadequate Council must amend it so it works for the community.

Transparency and Engagement

Our city government can and should reach out and engage more effectively with the community. This moment in time is our unique opportunity to rebuild city hall management with the transparency we seek, with strong direction from city council and input from city staff.

Environment & Climate Change

We need to keep protecting our environment. We must continue to support our strong environmental initiatives and address the tough issues will still face with transportation, waste management and green building practices.

Affordable Housing

We need to build more housing now. The city has saved more than $30 million in housing funds and has enough revenue over the next 5 years to finish Burlingame III. We can also get to work on planning new housing at BMC West and develop policies that allow the program to flourish into the future.

Public Transportation & Congestion

Provide safe routes to schools for parents and children. Continue to work on congestion and transportation issues, beginning with recommendations from the 2017 Transportation Forum hosted by the Aspen Institute.

Supporting Small Businesses

Aspen needs a healthy mix of downtown businesses. Council has the tools to support locally-owned, locally serving businesses based on our success supporting with locally-owned lodges.

Child Care

Expand child care options and capacity in the city in order to support both the parents of our community and the local economy.


A strong leader serves a strong vision.

Aspen needs strong and consistent leadership…now more than ever. I have a deep love for this city. As mayor, I will make decisions that are best for Aspen—now and into the future.

My vision for Aspen is a healthy, thriving community standing apart from other communities because it is utterly unique. We can achieve this through diversity—diversity in housing options, job opportunities, small businesses, transportation options, cultural and recreational activities, people and perspectives.

I am an experienced and decisive leader. I am assertive, not aggressive. I listen, not just react. I am thoughtful, not headline grabbing.

We are at a crucial juncture in our city’s governance. I look forward to leading a strong, effective council, engaging with the public, working strategically with a professional city manager, and leading our city with clear direction and objectives.

About Ann

I grew up in southern Illinois and then Chicago where, as a grade school student, I attended the University of Chicago Lab School. After several moves, I graduated from New Trier High School in Winnetka IL. In 1971, after earning a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Wells College in Aurora, NY, I moved to Aspen and spent three years waitressing, hiking, singing in bars, learning to ski, and just being outdoors. My love of the environment and the outdoors inspired me to pursue an advanced degree in landscape architecture, graduating in 1979 with a Masters from Utah State University.

I worked on both coasts before moving to Colorado in 1984 and co-founding Civitas, one of the state’s most respected landscape architecture and planning firms. After 20 years at Civitas, I made a change and was hired as Campus Landscape Architect at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

But Aspen was calling me, and in 2006, I moved here and founded the landscape architecture firm, wjmdesign.

I began my public service as a member on Aspen’s Historic Preservation Commission and was then elected to the Aspen City Council in 2013, where I have served for the past six years.

I have two sons, Matt Johnson, who currently lives with his wife in London, and Will Johnson, who sadly passed away in 2015.

As a longtime resident of Aspen, I understand the importance of managing growth. As a landscape architect, I know how critical it is that we address environmental issues. As a business owner for 35 years, in a business that connected people to their community and the community to the environment, I know how to get things done. I serve on City Council because I know that is how I can make a difference.

Civic Involvement

2017 to Present Mayor Pro Tem, City of Aspen City Council, Aspen, CO
2017 to Present Re-elected Council Member, City of Aspen City Council, Aspen, CO
2013 to 2017 Council Member, City of Aspen City Council, Aspen, CO
2017 to Present Colorado Municipal League Policy Committee
2015 to Present Roaring Fork Transportation Authority
2013 to Present Health and Human Services POD Board
2013 to Present Pitkin County Board of Health
2013 to Present Pitkin County Noxious Weed Board
2013 to Present Ruedi Water and Power Authority
2013 to 2018 Red Brick Council of the Arts
2008 to 2009 Aspen Modern Task Force
2006 to 2013 Aspen Historic Preservation Commission (5 years as Chair)

Professional Experience

2009 to Present Principal, wjmdesign,llc, Aspen, CO
2006 to 2007 Landscape Architect, Designworkshop, Aspen, CO
2003 to 2006 Campus Landscape Architect, CU Boulder, Boulder, CO
1984 to 2004 Principal, Civitas, Inc., Denver, CO
1980 to 1984 Associate, Sasaki Associates, Inc., Watertown, MA
1980 Associate, Carol R. Johnson Associates, Cambridge, MA
1977 to 1980 Landscape Architect, Jones & Jones, Inc., Seattle, WA
1976 to 1977 Landscape Architect, Roy Mann Associates, Cambridge, MA
1975 Landscape Architect Intern, Novak/Carlson Associates, Chicago,IL

Letters to the editors


Thank You to My Supporters

Anne Adams
Marty Ames
Joyce Amico
Camilla Auger
Raymond Auger
Harris Belinsky
Christine Benedetti
David Bentley
Mark Bethel
Al Beyer
Bob Blaich
Jason Bradshaw
Courtney Brown
Darcey Brown
Ruth Brown
Jane Click
Charles Cuniff
Art Daily
Jeanette Darnauer
Jim de Francia
Bernice Durand
Randy Durand
Julie Engles
Bruce Etkin

Jerry Evans
Shelley Evans
Emily Farrell
Dorothea Farris
James Foerster
Mary Fox
Karen Friedberg
Marc Friedberg
Mark Fuller
Michael Goldberg
Bryce Gordon
David Guthrie
Jenny Hamilton
Simi Hamilton
David Harris
Pam Harris
Patty Harris
Heidi Hoffman
Morris Hogan
David Hyman
CP Kanipe
Jackie Kasabach
Matt Lanning
Kim Levine

Brian McNellis
Liz Means
Ashley Miller
Steven Miller
Harriet Moyer
David Myler
George Newman
Blanca O’Leary
Cavanaugh O’Leary
Candice Olson
Fonda Paterson
Hensley Peterson
Barbara Reid
Nasser Sadeghi
Landen Saks
Bill Schaffer
Jack Schur
Gail Schwarz
Dennis Seider
Elizabeth Siegel
Lorenzo Semple
Sarah Shaw
Neil Siegel
Bill Stirling

Nan Sundeen
Shelly Supplee
Harry Teague
Karen Teague
Toney Thomas
Gyles Thornely
Karen Thornely
Caroline Tory
David Tryba
Stephanie Tryba
Amanda Vanderpool
Linda Vieira
Eliza Voss
Elizabeth Voss
Betty Wallach
Hoswie Wallach
Becky Ward
Ryan Waters
Nancy Westfeldt
Phillippa Whitcomb
Wendy Winkleman
Tom Yoder