Basalt candidates compete for three council seats
BASALT – Five candidates are running for three seats on the Basalt Town Council in the April 3 election. A sixth candidate, Mayor Leroy Duroux, withdrew from the council race after a legal opinion determined he was ineligible because of term limits. Today kicks off five days of coverage of the council candidates. The Aspen Times will make endorsements on Friday.
Age: 31 Occupation: Marketing entrepreneur (lbsocialmedia.com) Neighborhood: Willits Years in Basalt: 6 Years in valley: 6 Prior experience in elected office: Bethany High School Class of 99 president; Lakeside Condos HOA presidentCivic endeavors: — Summarize why are you running: I think communities will find the best solutions to the issues they face when people start caring and get involved. It seems easier to blame government for a lot of things, but I think if you aren’t involved in the process then the first person you should blame is yourself.Our HOA at Lakeside Condos certainly doesn’t come close to having the amount of issues that the Town of Basalt has, however, being the HOA president has given me a model to follow when finding solutions to problems. First you need leaders that care and are willing to step up and do the work. These leaders must be willing and able to engage the community and surround themselves with others that have skills better suited to address certain issues. Lastly, leaders have to be the catalyst to new ideas. If you can’t bring new ideas to solving issues then you shouldn’t lead the conversation.I’m running for town council because I want to be part of process in order to make Basalt better. I want to engage our community and lead to finding solutions to the issues we face by interjecting new ideas and enthusiasm.
Age: 47 Occupation: Ski instructor, general contractor, licensed real estate broker Neighborhood: River Oaks on the Roaring ForkYears in Basalt: 7 Years in valley: 24 Prior experience in elected office: I have not previously run for elected officeCivic endeavors: president, UJA Aspen Valley; president, River Oaks HOA; founding member, Golshim L’chaim, Ski To Live; Gentlemen of Aspen Rugby Football Club, vice president, director; Aspen Board of Appeals, member; volunteer coach, Basalt Little LeagueSummarize why you are running: I am running for Town Council because I love Basalt and want to ensure that I raise my family in a vibrant community with first-rate schools, a thriving economy, environmental sustainability, and a true sense of pride.
Age: 53 Occupation: Architect Neighborhood: Aspen Junction Years in Basalt: 21 Years in valley: 25 Prior experience in elected office: 0 Civic endeavors: 14 years on the Basalt Planning and Zoning CommissionSummarize why are you running: I believe that the Basalt Town Council would benefit from a fresh perspective and a new way of thinking, one that has however, been steeped in the core issues of town government for more than a decade. I have participated in the creation of two town master plans a river master plan and countless code amendments. My prime concerns are to help develop Basalt’s economy in an economically and an environmentally sustainable manner, to ensure that affordable housing remains a town priority and promote the integration of all segments of Basalt, neighborhoods and social strata. Without a diverse population, a vibrant community is difficult to achieve. In my professional life, I conduct municipal development approvals in other communities, I have a thorough understanding of development from both the private sector and the civic world. I have a broad experience when a situation is good for the community or “too good to be true.”
Age: 69 Occupation: Family dentist Neighborhood: Downtown Years in Basalt: 19 Years in valley: 33 Prior experience in elected office: Town of Snowmass Village councilman, 1984-1988; Pitkin County commissioner, 1988-1992Civic endeavors: Founding committees Food and Wine Classic, Snowmass Aspen Repertory Theater, Rotary Club of Snowmass Village, Snowmass Business Association, past president of Rotary Cub of Carbondale, on boards of RFTA and Aspen Community Theater, newspaper columnist and reporter for Snowmass Village SunSummarize why you are running: I have the unusual combination of both a lot of experience and a fresh eye for just the kind of big decisions the Basalt council is facing over the next four years.
Age: 60Occupation: Ski instructor on Aspen Mountain, Glenwood Springs varsity lacrosse coach, president of Aspen Earthmoving Neighborhood: Riverside Drive in Elk Run Years in valley: 36 Prior experience in elected office: mayor of Basalt from 1994-2004 Civic endeavors: BACH Board, volunteer soccer coach, citizen activist and participant in community affairsSummarize why you are running: I am running because several people have approached and asked me to run, initially again for mayor. I have decided to run for a council seat instead. I have always enjoyed participating in the community’s decision making and planning and would like to see us achieve our full potential.
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