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City issues slated for tonight

Aspen Times Staff Report

The second of two Squirm Night election forums, sponsored by The Aspen Times and Aspen Daily News, will be held tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Pitkin County Library conference room.

The evening will open with a debate over the city’s proposed trolley question.

The proponents’ panel will feature Aspen City Councilman Terry Paulson, Aspen Street Railway Co. member Bill Dinsmoor and trolley expert Jim Grabner. On the opponents’ side will be Councilman Tony Hershey, television talk-show host Andrew Kole and local businesswoman Lilly Garfield.

Newspaper representatives will ask two questions of each group, before the discussion is opened to the audience. This part of the evening is expected to last one hour.

The next two hours will focus on the contentious Entrance to Aspen debate. Proponents of the existing alignment will include Paulson, former Aspen Mayor Bill Stirling and longtime S-curves proponent Mark Harvey. The so-called “straight shot” panel will include City Councilman Tom McCabe, former Aspen Mayor Rachel Richards and a third person to be selected.

There will also be a third “panel” featuring longtime political activist Jeffrey Evans only. Though he favors the straight-shot alignment, his views vary widely from others on that panel. We felt his voice should be heard, so he will be represented in this debate.