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Economy, library key to Snowmass voters

SNOWMASS VILLAGE - Voters flooded polls across the U.S. on Nov. 6, and Snowmass Village was no exception.

Many residents showed up to cast ballots at Town Hall on Election Day. This year they were voting on a variety of items, from U.S. president on down to a mill levy increase in support of the Snowmass-Wildcat Fire Protection District.

On the local level, many residents said voting in favor of the Pitkin County Library expansion was important to them. The advisory question on single-use bags also interested people.

"I love the bag initiative," said Deborah Madsen.

"I was watching a lot of the Town Council meetings, and they talked about that a lot," said Kristina Simpson.

For some residents who have children in the Aspen School District, such as Madsen, measure 2B approving a sales tax in the city of Aspen that would support the district was important, although Snowmass Village residents couldn't vote on it.

More people tend to show up to vote when the office of president is on the line. For some Snowmass Village residents, the economy was the most important issue in choosing a candidate to lead the nation.

"The economy ... the whole direction of the country basically," said Doug Hamley, who voted for Mitt Romney. "So it's kind of major."

"The last four years have really been miserable," said one resident, who wished to remain anonymous. "Hopefully the next four years will be better."

Others voted according to party affiliation. Simpson, who voted Democratic, said she chose the state and national candidates who were most "in sync with my values."

Susan Muenchen said she was voting "against the conservative agenda."


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The Aspen Times Updated Nov 6, 2012 03:06PM Published Nov 6, 2012 03:04PM Copyright 2012 The Aspen Times. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.