Incumbents sweep in Snowmass |

Incumbents sweep in Snowmass

Snowmass Village mayoral candidate Markey Butler learns of her lead over Richard C. Goodwin Tuesday night at Slopeside Lanes. Behind her is Snowmass Village city council incumbent Tom Goode, who also was reelected Tuesday.
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The voters in Snowmass Village sent a strong message to Town Council on Tuesday night: Stay the course.

All three incumbents won their seats back. Mayor Markey Butler beat challenger Richard Goodwin, and council members Alyssa Shenk and Tom Goode won over challenger Jamie Knowlton.

“It feels the community is truly behind the leadership we’ve exhibited in our town and the direction we’re moving, which is positive,” Butler said Tuesday night from Slopeside Lanes in Snowmass, where she gathered with Shenk and Goode to await results.

Shenk, who was appointed to the council in 2014 to fill Butler’s vacated seat when she was elected mayor, said this win feels different because it came from the people of Snowmass Village.

“I think it makes you feel good to know people think you’re doing a good job,” Shenk said. “I think this says people feel like we’re going in a good direction.”

In the past two years, the town of Snowmass Village has been through some turbulent times. Former Councilman Chris Jacobson was voted out of office in a recall election after a DUI arrest last year, and Goode won a special election to fill that seat. And the Base Village woes got worse before they got better this fall when Aspen Skiing Co. announced a partnership with East West Partners and private equity firm KSL Capital Partners LLC to buy the entire Base Village project from Snowmass Acquisition Co.

There have been some heated discussions over Snowmass Discovery and what the town’s role should be in supporting the nonprofit, which aims to open an ice age museum in Base Village.

And more recently, the town has kicked off a process to update its Comprehensive Plan, a document that will help establish a vision for the town’s future.

Shenk told the Snowmass Sun last month that the Base Village deal is an opportunity to bring together a variety of interests, including those of families, which she has been a strong voice for on the council.

For Goode, Tuesday’s election results reinforce what he already knew about the council he’s worked with for the past year.

“I like working with the team we have. We don’t always agree, but when we move on to a different subject, we can start from scratch and there’s no hard feelings,” Goode said.

With the election out of the way, Butler has a clear vision for where the town of Snowmass Village is headed. With a Limelight Hotel on deck, new ownership of Base Village, the Comprehensive Plan update and more, it’s time to get to work, she said.

“We just need to get some cranes up in April and start building,” Butler said.

Goodwin conceded Tuesday night and said he was grateful for the voters who supported him.

“I’m still around and I’m still going to use my expertise as an experienced real estate developer to make sure with this new (Base Village) ownership that things are done properly,” Goodwin said.

Council challenger Jamie Knowlton couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

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