Five potential candidates emerge in Basalt |

Five potential candidates emerge in Basalt

Staff report

Five potential candidates emerged this week for the Basalt election that will put three council seats and the mayor’s position up for grabs in April.

Prospective candidates could start picking up candidate petitions Monday. Those who pulled a petition this week were Jacque Whitsitt and Bernie Grauer for mayor. Whitsitt is the incumbent mayor. She is seeking re-election. Grauer is a current councilman in the middle of a four-year term who is challenging Whitsitt.

Also picking up petitions were Herschel Ross, Rick Stevens and Auden Schendler. Stevens and Ross are coming to the end of four-year council terms. Ross took out a petition for re-election to council, according to Town Clerk Pam Schilling. Stevens didn’t designate which office he will seek. He must do so before he starts collecting signatures, according to town election law.

Schendler didn’t specify what office he will seek, Schilling said. Schendler told The Aspen Times on Friday that he isn’t certain he will run, but he picked up a petition to keep his options open. If he runs, he said, it will likely be for a council seat.

Incumbent Councilman Rob Leavitt hasn’t indicated yet if he will run. He hasn’t picked up a petition thus far.

If Grauer is elected mayor, he would have to resign his council seat and the council would appoint a replacement. If he loses the mayoral race, he would retain his council seat because he is in the middle of a term.

Candidates must get petitions signed by 25 qualified voters in Basalt. They have until the end of the day Jan. 25 to submit completed petitions to Town Hall.