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Skadron, Frisch win Aspen City Council seats

ASPEN - Steve Skadron earned a solid victory in the race for one of two open seats on the Aspen City Council on Tuesday, avoiding a runoff and winning re-election by taking an adjusted 56.8 percent of the vote among a field of six candidates, complete but unofficial results show.Making his first appearance on the Aspen City Council by winning the other open seat will be Adam Frisch, who narrowly lost in his bid for council two years ago. Frisch, a former New York currency trader, avoided a runoff by garnering an adjusted 53.6 percent of the vote.The percentages are doubled because there are two open seats on the council. All six candidates in the race were running against each other, and anyone who received more than 45 percent plus one vote (adjusted by doubling the actual percentage) was automatically elected.Thus, there will be no June 7 runoff either in the council race or the mayor's race, which was won outright by Mayor Mick Ireland with 50.7 percent of the vote. Ireland and Skadron return to their roles; Frisch will be the sole newcomer to Aspen's elected government, replacing Dwayne Romero, who vacated his council seat in February to work for the governor.There was a great divide between the numbers posted by the remaining four candidates and Skadron and Frisch, who received 905 and 853 votes respectively out of 3,185 total votes. Voters were asked to make two choices, but 333 decided to cast a single vote, skipping their extra option.Developer Scott Writer ran third with 507 votes and Planning and Zoning Commissioner LJ Erspamer was fourth with 329 votes. Property manager Marcia Goshorn ran fifth with 307 votes, edging P&Z Commissioner Cliff Weiss to avoid last place. Weiss garnered 284 votes.Skadron, a marketing specialist, said he's ready to get on with the business of the council."I mentioned before that working a day job, then working on the City Council which is a night job, and then adding an election campaign which is an added responsibility ... I'm tired," Skadron said.Skadron noted that it was his first time to run for re-election and he found it unusual."It was curious to me that after serving four years on the City Council where we are covered pretty extensively by the media, I was asked 'What's your position on [things]?' " he said with a laugh, adding that he knows the redundancy is just part of the political process.After the results were in, an elated Frisch and his wife rushed down to The Cantina restaurant at Mill and Main streets where he bought drinks for some of his closest supporters. Skadron and Ireland made their way down to the restaurant as well, for what had the makings of a victory party.Though it's apparent from campaign-finance reports that Frisch received a lot of his backing from the pro-business crowd, he pointed out that he enjoyed broad-based support. Anyone thinking that he will vote a certain way on an issue based on his business background might be in for a surprise, he said."I'm humbled and honored and excited and relieved," he said of winning the election and avoiding a runoff. Frisch said he wants to work closely with his fellow councilmembers to steer a balanced path for the city that is focused on economic sustainability."Anyone who wanted a one-issue candidate probably didn't gel with what I was doing," he said. "And I think that was one of the reasons I was able to get a lot of votes."asalvail@aspentimes.com


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The Aspen Times Updated May 4, 2011 06:49AM Published May 4, 2011 03:22AM Copyright 2011 The Aspen Times. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.