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Kittle, Grauer, Tennenbaum win in Basalt

Staff report

Basalt voters favored tried and tested candidates in the races for three Town Council seats Tuesday night.

Incumbent Mark Kittle, current chairman of the Basalt Planning and Zoning Commission Bernie Grauer and former councilman Gary Tennenbaum received the most votes and won four-year terms.

Jeff Orsulak and Richard Duddy, two newcomers to town politics, missed office but placed well in a tight race. “The town has spoken,” Orsulak said.

Kittle gathered the most votes with 341, according to the unofficial returns from the town government. Grauer was next with 247 votes.

Tennenbaum nosed Orsulak by a vote of 238 to 230. Duddy came in fifth in a solid showing with 200 votes.

Voters also approved an adjustment to the town’s term limits. A ballot question which makes it clear that the mayor’s seat and the council positions are separate regarding terms limits passed by a vote of 329 in favor and 144 against. The approval of the ballot question means a person can hold a council position for two terms and hold the mayor’s position for two terms, serving up to 16 consecutive years.

There were 473 ballots cast or only about 18 percent of the town’s 2,610 active and inactive voters.

See Wednesday’s Aspen Times for more details on the election outcome.