Haneman joins race for City Council seat | AspenTimes.com

Haneman joins race for City Council seat

Aspen Times Staff Report

After a week of mulling it over, Roger Haneman has decided to make it official and formally declare his candidacy for a seat on the Aspen City Council.

Haneman, 33, who works at the Snowflake Inn in Aspen, said Thursday that he already has begun seeking signatures on his candidacy petition. He must gather 25 signatures of qualified local voters and submit them in early April in order to have his name on the May 4 municipal election ballot.

He said he will be running mainly on a transportation platform, in support of the proposal to build a valleywide rail system as a partial solution to the valley’s growing auto congestion.

“We need someone who can see what this valley’s going to look like in thirty to fifty years,” he said. “Cars work now, but they won’t then.”

He based his candidacy in a council bid two years ago on his advocacy for affordable housing, and he said he sees it as “just as critical as transportation this time.”

Another major theme of his campaign will be “the need to preserve our bed base. We don’t respect the small lodges in this town the way we should,” he said.

Haneman was one of six candidates for two City Council positions in 1997. He came in last in the vote count.

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