Election ’22, Pitkin BOCC candidates: Erin Smiddy, Day 5
This week The Aspen Times is publishing a series of questions and answers from the two candidates vying for the District 2 seat on the Pitkin Board of County Commissioners — incumbent Kelly McNicholas Kury and challenger Erin Smiddy. The District 1 seat for the BOCC is also on the ballot with incumbent Commissioner Patti Clapper running opposed. Election Day is Nov. 8, and ballots were mailed out last week.
Today’s question: What industry in Pitkin County do you think is the greatest contributor to climate change, and what can the county do to reel in that industry?
Erin Smiddy: Construction, which leads to copious amounts of traffic and idling trucks and equipment. I like the idea of slowing down the number of demos and monster builds each year in the county. If we are going to allow 15,000-square-foot homes everywhere, I would rather see those construction resources used to build 15,000-square-foot affordable housing projects. I would like to see less trucks on each job site as well; it is ridiculous when a job site has 30 vehicles at once.
Republican U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert won reelection in Colorado’s GOP-leaning 3rd Congressional District on Friday, barely overcoming voters’ forceful rebuke of her highly controversial tenure in Washington over the past two years to help her party expand its slim majority in the U.S. House.