Candidate lineup set for election in Basalt
BASALT – The final lineup of candidates for the April 3 election in Basalt includes a mix of newcomers and longtime officeholders.
Two candidates threw their hats into the ring for mayor while six made their candidacies official for three open council seats. Friday was the last day to submit nomination petitions and get on the ballot.
The candidates in the mayor’s race are Glenn Rappaport and Jacque Whitsitt.
Submitting petitions for the council seats are Lemuel Bolanos, Leroy Duroux, Robert Leavitt, Bill Maron, Herschel Ross and Rick Stevens.
Rappaport and Whitsitt both currently serve on the council. Rappaport, an architect, is in the middle of a four-year term. Whitsitt, a health-club saleswoman and concierge, is at the end of a four-year term. Both have long records of service on the council.
Rappaport was elected in 1994 and re-elected in April 1998. He resigned in June 1998 and then ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2000. He won election to the council in 2004, served four years and then didn’t seek re-election in 2008. He was elected to his current seat in 2010.
Whitsitt was first elected to the council in 1996, was re-elected in 2000 and was then term-limited off the board. She ran again and won a seat in 2008.
In the council race, Bolanos, who is in marketing, said he is eager to bring a fresh perspective to the council.
Duroux, who is retired, has served in the town government since 1994, when he was appointed to a council seat. He won election to the council in 1996 and was re-elected in 2000. He couldn’t seek a council seat again because of term limits, but he ran for mayor in 2004 and won. He was uncontested in a 2008 re-election bid.
Now Duroux can’t run for mayor because of term limits, but he is eligible again for the council.
Leavitt, a ski instructor, is a newcomer to politics.
Maron, an architect, has been on the Basalt Planning and Zoning Commission since 1998, including the past four years as chairman.
Ross, a dentist, is a former Pitkin County commissioner.
Stevens, who co-owns and operates Aspen Earthmoving, was elected to the Basalt council in 1994 and was soon appointed mayor by the board after a resignation. He was elected mayor in 1996 and won re-election in 2000. He ran unsuccessfully for a council seat in 2008.
The election also will feature a question on whether Basalt should ban single-use plastic bags at grocery stores and charge a 20-cent fee for paper bags.
Basalt residents who have moved since they last voted, those who are new to town and those not registered before must register to vote by 5 p.m. Monday.
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