Aspen City Council nears decision on fifth member
ASPEN ” Elected leaders on Wednesday drilled five finalists vying for a seat on the Aspen City Council. But after more than two hours of listening to their answers, the four-person council decided to hold off on making a decision and absorb what they had learned.
“They were all really good, and I need time to adjust,” said Mayor Mick Ireland. “I think we need to think about it.”
City Councilman Steve Skadron said he was prepared to make a decision but would wait for his colleagues, who also include councilmen Jack Johnson and Dwayne Romero.
The council must reach a majority decision on who the fifth member will be by Saturday, according to the city charter. The council will deliberate in a public meeting Friday at 10 a.m. in City Hall to determine whether they agree on one person. If a majority can be reached, an announcement on the new council person will be made on Monday, Oct. 20.
That person will fill the seat of J.E. DeVilbiss and will finish out his term, which ends in June. DeVilbiss died Sept. 18.
The candidates are retired banker Howie Mallory, Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Board member Marcia Goshorn, Cloud Nine Brownies owner Jim Pomeroy, former housing board member Jackie Kasabach, and former city councilwoman and Planning and Zoning Commission member Jasmine Tygre.
Much of the conversation between the council and the candidates were follow-ups to the 23 questions they were asked to answer in writing last week.
The questions focused on a host of issues facing the community and the city. There were specific questions asked of each candidate that were geared toward their experience, or lack thereof, and their positions on certain issues.
The candidates agreed on most issues that they were asked about, with some varying differences in how to solve or address them. They all agree local businesses are threatened, more affordable housing needs to be built and traffic needs to be minimized, among other issues.
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