Another candidate enters county race |

Another candidate enters county race

Jeremy Heiman

Another candidate has entered the race for Mick Ireland’s District 2 county commissioner seat in the August 8 recall election.

Pepper Gomes, a 33-year Aspen resident, announced that he’s running for the position yesterday. Gomes filed petitions, which he said contain 141 signatures, just minutes before the 4:30 p.m. deadline yesterday.

Having just returned from out of town, Gomes picked up petitions Thursday morning and collected all the signatures in one day. Gomes said he didn’t want to discuss issues or positions or his reasons for running yesterday afternoon.

“I just felt we need some new faces and some new philosophy,” he said. He complained that Aspen has become too polarized in the last 20 years.

Mary Ellen Smiddy Schembri, who declared her intention to run for the seat Wednesday, returned petitions yesterday containing about 185 signatures, said election clerk Linda Gustafson.

The candidate petition process differs from the petition process necessary to trigger a recall election. For candidates, there is no “cure” period allowing the collection of additional signatures if not enough are valid. If the signatures submitted by Gomes and Schembri prove to be insufficient, their names will simply not appear on the ballot, Gustafson said.

Signatures can be rejected for numerous reasons. Addresses shown must match the voter registration record of the signer, and names, including middle initials, must also be the same.

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