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A closer look at Aspen council candidates

Carolyn SackariasonThe Aspen TimesAspen CO, Colorado

ASPEN Five finalists are in the running for the open Aspen City Council seat. Who are they?

Marcia Goshorn works at the Aspen Meadows Resort. She is the chair of the Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority board and serves on the citizen budget task force affordable housing subcommittee.Why she wants to serve on council: I think we are at a crucial time in Aspen and we need to continue the progress we are making. The work done with the budget task force made me think seriously about the direction for Aspens future and the complexities of paying for it. The need to look at the bigger picture has never been more important than it is now.

Jackie Kasabach is retired, after working at The Gant for 28 years. She is a former housing board member and recently worked with the citys community development department doing research on locally-serving businesses.Why she wants to serve on council: A passion for the community and a belief in public service. Aspen has been good to me and to serve on City Council would be a payback. Desire to get things done, to keep things moving. I believe in collaborating decision making based on healthy community debate. I would guess I am somewhat in tune with the current council and would represent J.E.s constituency. I will admit to two personal agenda items: 1. Affordable housing is the keystone to maintaining community. The sustainability of locally serving businesses is also a critical component of community.

Howie Mallory is a co-founder and executive vice president of Community Banks of Colorado. He has served on several boards, including the Aspen/Snowmass Nordic Council and the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association. He is a former board member and president of the Aspen Valley Land Trust and the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. Committees he has served on include Free the Bells, which sought to reduce the scale of the public facilities planned by the U.S. Forest Service at the Maroon Bells.Why he wants to serve on council: Over the past 30 years I have been a regular volunteer for numerous city and county committees as well as various nonprofit organizations. Specifically, most recently, my participation in the citys economic sustainability committee, the city of Aspen Open Space and Trails Committee and the citizen budget task force affordable housing subcommittee has given me a good understanding and appreciation for what it takes to run the city of Aspen. Not presently employed full time, I have the time and energy to devote to the council position. In a larger sense, I am committed to the ongoing improvement and sustainability of the Aspen community. To achieve this, I recognize that difficult decisions will have to be made in the face of fiscal and physical limits. Part of the decision matrix must include insuring the preservation of the human scale of our towns public and private buildings, streetscapes and landscapes.The next several years will pose demanding economic and financial pressures on both the public and private sectors of the Aspen market. The intensity of these challenges will may very likely be greater than anything recently experienced. Rigorous fiscal management for both day-to-day operations and multi-year capital projects will be essential to successfully manage the future pressures. I would like to use my over 30 years of financial management as a local community banker to guide the responsible growth of the community based on a belief that we can capitalize on our limits to sustain our long term community well being.

Jim Pomeroy is owner of Cloud Nine Brownies. He has been the general manager of BJ Adams and Company Real Estate, and worked at Land Title Guarantee Co., Otis, Walker & McCormick Real Estate, Pomeroy Builders. He also served as a substitute teacher for Aspen and Roaring Fork School districts.Why he wants to serve on council: I desire to be on City Council for the simple reason that I wish to serve my town. I am not the sort to list all of the positions I will take on different issues; instead I plan to use my own experiences as a lifelong resident of Aspen, as well as my business experience, to examine each issue on its merits and make a decision at that time. I can tell you that I have two issues that I do feel strongly about employee housing and growing local business. To deal with the second issue first, let me clarify that as a local business owner myself, to me a local business is primarily the small stores, offices, and restaurants that fill our town. These are the businesses that pay the budget of the town, employ most of our citizens and may very likely be owned by a local citizen as well. As to employee housing, as someone who lives in deed restricted housing, and can still remember the old Aspen where all walks of life shared Aspen together, I believe that our employee housing is vital to the continuing strength and vitality of our city. I also believe that recent difficulties with the program, as well as inherent problems with it, have left housing ripe for attack. I truly believe that there is a strong and resolute group in this valley that wish to do away with employee housing, and I fear that if it is not bolstered and strengthened soon, it may very well go away.

Jasmine Tygre was appointed to the council in December 2006 after Rachel Richards was elected as a Pitkin County commissioner. Richards resigned her council seat and Tygre, who had been a longtime member of the citys Planning and Zoning Commission, finished out Richards term, but did not seek election to the seat. She currently works at Aspen Sothebys International Realty.Why she wants to serve on council: To serve the community. To represent the constituency that elected J.E. DeVilbiss to council. Although no one can replace J.E. I was privileged to serve with him during my previous stint as council temp and was pleased at how often my opinions and philosophy coincided with his. To use my extensive experience on Aspen P&Z and my background in local private sector real estate. Its been a long time since I was on P&Z, so its unlikely that I will have to recuse myself. To provide my historical perspective. I am a longtime local resident with surprisingly good recall (considerably the loss of brain cells over the years) of community issues; the I was there factor. Last but not least, to represent non-moose killing, non-book banning women!csack@aspentimes.com

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