Four seek Snowmass council seats |

Four seek Snowmass council seats

Madeleine Osberger
Snowmass Village correspondent

Local shop owner Reed Lewis will this fall vie for one of two seats on the Snowmass Village Town Council. Lewis, 32 and owner of Grain and Daly Bottle Shop, will challenge incumbents Bill Boineau and Arnie Mordkin, as well as candidate Kay Honigman-Singer, for the council seat.

Town Clerk Rhonda Coxon this week confirmed that, “Four people are running for two positions on council.” She added: “The mayor is running unopposed.”

For a while, it appeared as though Mayor Doug “Merc” Mercatoris would have some competition: both Lewis and accountant Roger Marolt had threatened to challenge him. But both men have decided the time commitment required to be mayor is too great.

However, Lewis said he believes he has enough time to sit on the Town Council, especially if he forgoes his position on the town’s marketing board (which would be required if he wins the election).

“I think we need representation from the younger crowd,” said Lewis, when asked why he decided to throw his hat in the ring. He believes the biggest challenge facing Snowmass is “the construction management plan hasn’t been organized to this point. That needs to be addressed sooner rather than later.”

When asked what he would do differently, Lewis replied: “I guess I’d slow things down a little bit. I feel like everything’s in this huge rush. For those of us living through it, it’s nice to get it done. But the Center and the Base, that’s a lot all at once. I understand (investors need to recoup their investment) but we need to look at how much is the threshold for people coming to this town.”

Lewis’ “fresh perspective” is why people should vote for him, he added.

The local election, which will be coordinated with Pitkin County, is Tuesday, November 7.