City ballot bulges with 10 candidates
Former Aspen Mayor Bill Stirling’s last-minute entry into this spring’s mayoral contest has created a 10-person contest for three City Council seats up for election in May.
That’s how many candidates turned their petitions in to the city clerk’s office by April 2 to be placed on the May 4 municipal election ballot.
Local voters will decide the outcome of a four-way tussle for the job of mayor, which is being vacated by John Bennett after four terms in office.
Contenders to take Bennett’s place include incumbent council member Rachel Richards, former Pitkin County Commissioner Helen Klanderud, political newcomer Michael O’Sullivan, and Stirling, a realtor who served three terms as mayor in the 1980s.
On the council side of the ticket, there are six men vying for two open seats – one being vacated by Richards in her bid for the mayor’s post, the other currently occupied by incumbent Jake Vickery.
With Vickery’s decision to run for election to the seat he first gained by appointment, the field also includes Tom McCabe, Bruce Meyer, Roger Haneman, Tony Hershey and Tim Semrau.
Only two of the possible individuals who took out petitions for the May 4 municipal election failed to turn in their petitions, Steve Felt and Jay Parker, according to the city clerk’s office.
Aspen municipal elections are conducted “at large,” meaning all city voters cast ballots for both seats in the council race. The two candidates finishing with the most votes win.
The mayor’s race is separate from the council race.
There is no early voting in this election, but absentee ballots may be cast at a voting machine in City Hall beginning April 19 and ending April 30. All absentee ballots, including those that are mailed in, must be received at City Hall no later than 7 p.m. on election day, May 4.
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