Kole, Goshorn file to run in May 3 elections
Aspen CO Colorado
ASPEN – Two more Aspenites filed petitions at the city clerk’s office Monday, officially heralding their intent to run in the May 3 city elections.
Andrew Kole, who has run for city council three times and mayor twice, threw his hat in the ring to challenge Mayor Mick Ireland. Kole also has a failed school board bid under his belt.
Despite the losses, Kole said he has been a relevant addition to the local debate.
“I’m like [Abraham] Lincoln, who was 0-for-9,” Kole quipped. “I’m 0-for-6.”
Prior to moving to Aspen in 1998, Kole resided in New York and Los Angeles. His career background involves movie promotions. He formerly was host of a talk show on Grassroots TV in which he often discussed issues surrounding city government.
Kole serves on the Housing Frontiers Group, an advisory board to the Aspen/Pitkin County Housing Authority. The board deals with various issues, such as solutions to deficits in homeowner association capital reserve funds. Kole said the city should work toward straightening out problems among local homeowner associations before embarking on new affordable-housing initiatives.
“There’s going to be money needed by the HOAs to backfill their old capital reserves,” he said. “I believe that before you start building anything else, you’ve got to take care of what you’ve already got.”
He also said the Aspen Area Community Plan should be more of “a Powerpoint piece” than a guiding or regulatory document that dictates how Aspen and Pitkin County manage growth and other issues over the next 10 years.
“My basic theme is, let’s not waste anybody’s time and let’s not waste anybody’s money,” Kole said. “For instance, I would not do another survey.
“I’m very big on looking at the downside, and if you don’t know what the downside is, I don’t think you should spend the money.”
So far, only Kole and Ireland have declared for the mayoral contest. The deadline for petition filings is April 1.
In other election news, Marcia Goshorn has filed to run for Aspen City Council.
Goshorn is a longtime community volunteer and self-employed property manager. Recently, she sought the interim council seat vacated by Dwayne Romero, who took a job on Gov. John Hickenlooper’s cabinet. That term, which runs through May, was given to commercial real estate broker Ruth Kruger, who said she would not seek the job permanently.
Goshorn, a former housing board member who has run for a council post before, recently said the council would benefit from a woman’s point of view. Aside from Kruger, who holds the interim seat, the three permanent council seats and the mayor’s post are held by men.
Goshorn said that her work with a citizens’ task force on the city budget proves “that even diverse opinions can come to common goals.”
She said Aspen is embarking on a new revival and the decisions made in the next several years will determine its future direction.
“I believe that the knowledge of the past and the historical missteps could prevent repeating past mistakes,” she said.
Incumbent councilman Steve Skadron and challenger Adam Frisch also have announced their council bids.
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