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Boyd has eyes on housing, Skico plan

John Colson

Johnny Boyd, running to become the next mayor of Snowmass Village, was the only candidate who cited his qualifying experience as “five years of criticizing government actions.”

Boyd, 40, has been out of town and will not return until after the election because of a family vacation commitment he made before he decided to run for office. Attempts to reach him by e-mail have not succeeded.

But, drawing from published accounts of his candidacy, it appears he is determined to maintain the role of outsider, even if he finds himself on the inside of village politics.

His is a bus driver by vocation, a writer by inclination and a resident of the village for 21 years. He has been writing his column, “Snomasokist,” for newspapers in Aspen and Snowmass Village for five years and used it as the vehicle for launching his mayoral bid in early October, then left the country not long afterward.

Originally from Salem, Mo., he lives in the Creekside affordable housing project and has written that he believes the two most important issues facing the village are the construction of affordable housing and the need to carefully plan what happens at the Aspen Skiing Co.’s base village project.

“Base village is the key to making Snowmass Village a functional resort,” he wrote in one candidate’s questionnaire. “It can give us all a sense of place.”

Among his hopes for base village is that the amount of retail space there be at least as large, in square feet, as the combined total of the shops and restaurants at the existing village mall.

He also wrote that he hopes the planning for base village will be farsighted enough to provide for “the next 50 years,” that the plans should contain such facilities as an ice skating rink and a community center, and that the town should put its proposed transit center there instead of up by the existing mall.

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