Duvernay fighting to be county commissioner despite challenges
County commissioner candidate Ramon Duvernay continues to face serious health challenges as the election approaches.The 35-year-old Gulf War veteran was hospitalized last spring after suffering two strokes. He is currently recuperating at his family’s house in Maryland and is under doctors’ orders to stay put. He has not been in Pitkin County for at least three months.Duvernay is vying to unseat incumbent Commissioner Mick Ireland, who is seeking a third term in office.Duvernay told The Aspen Times last week that he is still in the race, despite his health problems and distance from the race. He said he is scheduled for a major check-up in December and won’t be returning for the Nov. 5 election.He was only available for brief comments.Duvernay held a number of jobs while he lived here in recent years. His last job was working the desk at the Aspen Meadows Health Club. He apparently has never held political office.When he lived here, Duvernay authored numerous letters to the editor criticizing rail, supporting the modified direct Entrance to Aspen, calling for higher salaries for elected officials, supporting term limits and attacking politicians Mick Ireland and Rachel Richards.Duvernay liked to tag Ireland with names like “Slick Mick” and rally people against the “Mic-tatorship.” In August 2001, Duvernay founded CAAM ? Citizens Against A Mic-tatorship.He got into trouble with much of the community for a letter he published in February 2001 questioning then-Mayor Richards’ abilities as both a political leader and a mother, shortly after her son had been sentenced to prison for his role in a youth crime spree.Allyn Harvey’s e-mail address is email@example.com
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