Six candidates vie for three Basalt seats
Ryan Summerlin February 28, 2014
A field of six candidates is running for the three open Basalt Town Council seats in the April 1 election.
Candidates had to turn in nomination petitions signed by 25 qualified electors by 5 p.m. Friday. Those throwing their hats in the ring were Richard Duddy, Bernie Grauer, Mark Kittle, Cathy Miller, Jeff Orsulak and Gary Tennenbaum.
Two other Basalt residents — Teresa Hackbarth and Sharon Hall — picked up nomination petitions but decided against seeking candidacy, according to Town Manager Mike Scanlon. They didn’t turn in their petitions before the deadline, he said.
Two incumbents, Glenn Rappaport and Karin Teague, aren’t running for re-election. Kittle holds the third council seat that’s up for election. He was appointed to fill out a term after Anne Freedman resigned.
Kittle also was elected to the council for a four-year term in 2004. He didn’t seek re-election in 2008. Kittle is the chief building official for the town of Snowmass Village.
Tennenbaum also is a former council member. He served one term from 2006 to 2010. He is assistant director of the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Department
Grauer is chairman of the Basalt Planning and Zoning Commission, a board of volunteers that advises the council on land-use issues.
Duddy is a real estate agent in Basalt. Orsulak works for Lipkin Werner Design, an architectural firm based in Basalt.
Miller is a member of the Basalt Parks, Open Space and Trails Committee.
The candidates are running at-large for the three seats rather than against specific candidates for specific seats.