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Ireland, Myrin to compete in Aspen runoff election

Staff report
Bert Myrin

Former Mayor Mick Ireland and activist Bert Myrin will face each other in a June 2 runoff for the final open Aspen City Council seat, officials determined Thursday.

Official election results show that Myrin was 10 votes shy of the threshold to win, registering 994 votes. Ireland followed in third place with 813 votes, while Councilman Adam Frisch secured his seat Tuesday night, registering a total of 1,208 votes.

Total voter turnout was tallied at 2,542, which, according to officials, is two votes shy of the record set in 2009, when one iteration of the Aspen Art Museum appeared on the ballot. The result equates to a 41.2 percent turnout for Aspen’s 6,163 registered voters.

Thursday’s certification of election results means Referendum 1 goes into effect, a measure passed Tuesday night that strips the council of its ability to grant certain land-use variances without public voting. The referendum passed officially by a 1,300-1,145 margin, or 53 percent of the votes.

Mayor Steve Skadron successfully defended his seat for a second term against challenger Torre. Official results show a 1,446 to 1,048 decision, or 58 percent of the vote.

Runoff ballots will go out May 15, and early voting will commence May 18.