Boineau wins Snowmass mayoral race |

Boineau wins Snowmass mayoral race

Katie Redding
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
Aspen Times fileBill Boineau won the Snowmass Village mayoral race in Tuesday's election.

SNOWMASS VILLAGE ” Bill Boineau beat Arnie Mordkin in the Snowmass Village mayoral race Tuesday, receiving 762 votes compared to his opponent’s 443, according to uncertified results from the Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder’s Office.

Candidates John Wilkinson and Markey Butler won the Town Council positions, with 793 and 744 votes respectively, the county said. Kay Honigman-Singer received 451 votes.

Snowmass Clerk Rhonda Coxon reported different numbers, but the same results. Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder Janice Vos Caudill tallied the totals twice, but it could not be determined by press time why the reported numbers differed.

Mordkin and Boineau had run with similar positions on development, both emphasizing that future development at the Snowmass Center and West Village (site of the Snowmass Mall) needed to be taken slowly and that any Base Village changes should be weighed carefully, even in light of the developer’s recent financial struggles.

One distinct difference was their relationship with former mayors. Mordkin was an outspoken critic of former mayors, accusing some of making back-door deals with constituents. Mordkin had advocated for a mayor elected by his fellow council members, suggesting they would be better equipped to depose anyone abusing power. Boineau, on the other hand, was endorsed by the last four Snowmass Village mayors.

Among council candidates, many pointed to differences in experience. Incumbent John Wilkinson, who said he ran to finish the Comprehensive Plan and the revitalization of West Village, was the most seasoned.

He had a term on council and one on Planning Commission under his belt. Markey Butler, who said she ran because of her commitment to service, had also served a term on Planning Commission. Kay Honigman-Singer, an outspoken critic of developer Related WestPac, had not yet served in Snowmass Village government, though she has long been an attendee at council meetings.

For those elected to Snowmass Town Council on Tuesday night, the campaigning might be over, but the work has just begun. In the last few weeks, Related WestPac, the town’s biggest developer announced project delays, collapsed real estate deals and work force cuts of 25 percent. In the coming months, the council is expected to wrestle with, among other things, at least one proposed change to Base Village, new plans for the Snowmass Center, the revitalization of West Village and the revision of its Comprehensive Plan.

Referendum 2A, which will continue an excise tax to support worker housing, also won, according to uncertified results. The Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder’s Office reported 797 votes for it and 356 against it.

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