2008 Newsmakers – Arnie Mordkin: A wild ride | AspenTimes.com

2008 Newsmakers – Arnie Mordkin: A wild ride

Chad Spangler Post Independent file

SNOWMASS VILLAGE ” Election Day 2008 dawned bright for current Snowmass Town Councilman and mayoral candidate Arnie Mordkin, known for his cowboy hats, his sharp eye (and tongue), and the occasional long-winded speech.

Mordkin performed well in the town forums, demonstrating a clear grasp of the issues facing Snowmass. Citing his careful reading of town documents and his ability to take on developer Related WestPac, all three local papers endorsed him.

But by the end of Election Day, Snowmass voters had chosen his opponent, Bill Boineau, leaving Mordkin in his current position as councilman. To add insult to injury, early incorrect numbers made it appear that Boineau had beaten Mordkin by a 2:1 margin. “Bill Boineau wins in a landslide” screamed a headline in The Snowmass Sun. The actual numbers weren’t far off: Boineau, 763; Mordkin, 443.

But Mordkin didn’t stay down long. Just two days later, he was tapped to replace Gail Nichols as head of Aspen’s office of the District Attorney. As special trial deputy for the 9th Judicial District, he will primarily handle Pitkin County felony cases.

“It’s fair to say [I’ll be earning] a lot more than I’d be making as mayor,” Mordkin told The Snowmass Sun at the end of his roller-coaster week.

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