Candidate interest strong in Basalt race
Up to six candidates could vie for three open seats on the nonpartisan Basalt Town Council in April.
Up for election are the seats now held by Anne Freedman and Tracy Bennett ” who must give up their positions because of term limits ” and Joe Zuena, who was appointed last year to fill a vacancy created when Tiffany Ernemann moved out of the town limits and had to surrender her seat.
The six candidates are Zuena, Garret Brandt, Amy Capron, Mark Kwiecienski, Chris Seldin and Gary Tennenbaum, said Town Clerk Pam Schilling. Of those six, she said, she has been unable to certify the signatures on petitions submitted by Capron and Kwiecienski. Schilling said she expected to finish the certification process by Monday. The top three vote-getters will win seats on the council.
In addition, Schilling said, Seldin’s petition was six short of the required 25 valid signatures of qualified electors. He has until March 10 to “cure” his petition’s deficiency by gathering more signatures, she said.
Basalt council members serve four-year terms. Remaining on the seven-member Town Council will be Mayor Leroy Duroux and council members Laurie Dows, Mark Kittle and Glenn Rappaport.
Basalt’s municipal election will be April 4; the polling place will be Basalt Town Hall, located at Lions Park.
Schilling said there will be no tax questions or other special ballot issues on the April ballot, although the council is considering whether to place a sales tax hike on the November general election ballot.
Growth is likely to play a big part in the campaign.
After a lull in development in recent years, Basalt is experiencing a surge in applications.
The council approved a four-story condominium-hotel on the Basalt Bypass last month.
Applications are pending for the expansion of the Roaring Fork Golf Club and two substantial residential projects on the south side of Highway 82. Several other landowners are studying how development regulations apply to their land, according to the town planning office.
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