Basalt council will lose familiar faces
BASALT ” There is potential for big turnover on the Basalt Town Council this year with the terms of four board members expiring and three incumbents leaning against running for re-election in April.
The terms of council members Laurie Dows, Mark Kittle and Glenn Rappaport expire this spring. Each is nearing the end of a four-year term. Kittle said Monday he will not run again. Dows and Rappaport said it is unlikely they will try to retain their seats.
Mayor Leroy Duroux said he is uncertain if he will seek re-election to another four-year term.
Personal commitments are influencing the direction of each council member.
“More than likely I will not run for re-election primarily due to being a full-time single mom,” Dows wrote in an e-mail to The Aspen Times in answer to an inquiry.
Rappaport, who was traveling in Texas on Monday with his son’s Pee Wee hockey team, said he has two kids in college and two younger children at home, so family time and his work as an architect probably trump additional service on the council.
“I won’t decide [until] the end, but I’m not really thinking about running,” Rappaport said.
Kittle said he soon will be building a house and his job as the chief building official at Snowmass Village is particularly demanding right now. Snowmass is in the midst of major redevelopment with Base Village and other major projects.
Term limits aren’t a factor in the race. Officials are limited to two consecutive four-year terms. Duroux was elected mayor in 2004 after serving nine years on the council. He was initially appointed to the council, then won two four-year terms.
Prospective candidates have until the end of next month to decide. Monday, Feb. 11, is the first day nomination petitions can be circulated, according to the town government’s election calendar. Those petitions must be submitted to the town clerk by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 29.
Friday, March 7, is the last chance for a person to withdraw their nomination, according to the election calendar. Tuesday, March 11, is the last day to mount a write-in candidacy. The election is Tuesday, April 4.
The big question in the race is whether or not any candidates will emerge. Former councilwoman Jacque Whitsitt said she is considering whether to run for mayor. She said she will decide during a three-week trip to Thailand that starts later this week. Whitsitt said her decision will not hinge on Duroux’s direction.
The council positions that have no chance of turning over in April are held by Amy Capron, Chris Seldin and Gary Tennenbaum. They are each two years into four-year terms.
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