Pitkin County GOP to set up camp in Aspen
Ryan Summerlin September 1, 2014
The Pitkin County Republicans are establishing campaign headquarters on East Hyman Avenue in Aspen as they gear up for November’s election.
Chairwoman Frieda Wallison said the group will occupy 3,000 square feet at 312 E. Hyman Ave., a space that previously served as an extension for the Crystal Palace’s operations. This will be the second time the group has set up camp in Aspen, as it worked out of the Poppies Bistro space on West Hallam during the 2012 election.
“Because of the importance of this election, we thought we’d try it again,” Wallison said. “It was fantastic. We had a lot of interest. People came by, we were able to have a lot of events there, and it created a lot of excitement.”
She added that those interested will have a home base where they can register to vote, pick up campaign materials and talk politics.
Blanca O’Leary, head of the Pitkin County Democrats, said her group will not have a headquarters because she doesn’t anticipate a need for it. Her operations, she said, will not require formal meeting space, though Sen. Mark Udall, who is defending his seat against Rep. Cory Gardner, will have a coordinated operation in Carbondale.
“All of our operations can be done without a headquarters,” O’Leary said.
The GOP’s local affiliate has been given the OK from the city of Aspen to move into the East Hyman space, and it is planning on painting the outside and putting up campaign signs either on today or early this week.
“We’ll probably have some big opening event when it’s up and running,” Wallison said. “We’d love for people to come by. This is going to be open to the public, and we’d love to have folks drop in, see what we’re all about, pick up some literature, register to vote, have a chat. We’d be delighted if folks would come visit us.”