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Another candidate joins council race

John Colson

Yet another political newcomer has entered the race for a seat on the Aspen City Council.

Bruce Meyer, 50, turned in his candidate’s petition this week and will be on the ballot if 25 of the signatures are determined valid.

Meyer joins two other candidates – Anthony Hershey for City Council and Helen Klanderud for mayor – who have turned in their petitions.

Meyer’s entry into the race brings the total to nine known candidates vying for either the mayor’s job or two vacant seats on the city council: incumbent council member Rachel Richards and challengers Helen Klanderud and Michael O’Sullivan for mayor; and candidates Tom McCabe, Tim Semrau, Roger Haneman, Steve Felt, Hershey and Meyer for council.

When asked why he is tossing his hat into the ring, Meyer said: “I feel that the City Council and the county commissioners don’t respond to the mandate of the people.”

And, he continued, “As a concerned citizen, I think I can get things done.”

His specific concerns about the present local government have to do with housing and transportation.

“Everybody talks about affordable housing. Nobody gets anything done,” he stated flatly, maintaining that housing projects too often get shot down by complaints from neighbors.

He also criticized the present government for focusing on single-family housing, saying, “I feel there should be a greater concentration on studios, studio-lofts and one bedrooms.” That, he said, is where the demand is, not for suburban-style, single-family homes.

Another of his big concerns is the expansion of Colorado Highway 82 into four lanes.

“I know I’ve voted at least three times for a four-lane [into Aspen] in the last 20 years, so why are we still voting on the train?” he asked. He conceded that his is an “anti-train” position, favoring a full four-lane artery into Aspen over the presently planned two lanes of traffic and two lanes of mass transit.

As a member of the Castle Ridge Apartments Tenants’ Association for the past 10 years, he has worked closely with local housing officials on issues related to a host of management problems.

His current job is manager of the Backdoor Catering company in Aspen.

He said he is not affiliated with any local political organization.

“I’m running as an individual,” he said. “I’m still wrestling with the point of whether to take campaign contributions, because I don’t want to be beholden to anybody.”


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