Brian Speck joins Pitkin County commissioner race |

Brian Speck joins Pitkin County commissioner race

Janet Urquhart
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
Brian Speck

ASPEN – Longtime Aspen resident Brian Speck has joined the race for Pitkin County commissioner in District 1.

Speck, 47, is currently a member of the city of Aspen’s Planning and Zoning Commission and ran unsuccessfully for a City Council seat last year.

He joins Jack Johnson, Tom Clapper and David S. Weiss as District 1 candidates who have filed campaign finance papers with the county clerk and recorder’s office. Nomination petitions must be filed between May 24 and June 4.

Speck moved to Aspen as a youngster and graduated from Aspen High School in 1981. He holds a degree in finance from Denver University and was formerly president of Stewart Title in Aspen. He has worked in real estate consulting for the past couple of years, he said.

Speck successfully battled brain cancer last year, which he said has left him sensitive to health care as an issue, though he named the environment, economic vitality and engaging county government in a “kind” dialogue with citizens as his priorities.

“I think it’s time for some new blood,” Speck said of his decision to seek the post. His finance and real estate background will lend itself well to the office, he added.

Fiscal responsibility is a concern, Speck said. So is the county’s land-use process.

He called the county’s land-use code “excellent,” but said: “I think our execution needs some help. A land-use application taking a year to go through the process is unacceptable.”

The District 1 seat is currently held by Patti Kay-Clapper, who cannot seek re-election because of term limits.

Her husband, Tom, declared himself a candidate for the post, but then suffered a heart attack and several strokes, and is recovering at a care facility in Denver. A web update posted Tuesday indicated Tom was able to sit up on the edge of his bed and hugged Patti.

Go to for updates on his condition.

Any more than two candidates in a commissioner race will mean an August primary.

Also up for election in November is Commissioner Rachel Richards in District 2. No other challenger has declared their candidacy for that seat.

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