Kronberg’s residency still an issue
ASPEN The investigation into whether former City Council candidate Toni Kronberg was legally eligible to run in the last election is still in the hands of a City Hall-hired attorney. Jim True, who serves as special counsel to the city of Aspen, confirmed that he is still investigating Kronberg’s residency. Community members filed three complaints after the May election, questioning whether Kronberg lives in Aspen and has for the past 12 months, a requirement to run for office.Ron Erickson, Jim DeFrancia and Andrew Kole filed separate complaints in May with City Clerk Kathryn Koch, asking city officials to investigate whether Kronberg is a resident of Aspen. The only proof the city requires is a signed affidavit.Shortly after the filing of the complaints, the Aspen City Council decided behind closed doors to stall taking action until after the June 5 election.
The controversy has triggered city officials to consider changing residency requirements to require more proof.True had little to say regarding the investigation and didn’t know when it would be complete.The three men who filed the complaints would like to see something happen sooner than later. All three said they haven’t heard from True regarding the status of the investigation.”I am wondering and I do care because I think it’s an important issue,” DeFrancia said. “We need to set clear standards about residency so we don’t find ourselves in a pickle again.”Kole – who ran unsuccessfully against Kronberg in the May 8 election – said he would like to see a private detective investigate rather than an attorney. Regardless, he’s pleased that the issue hasn’t faded away.
“I think first they should continue because everyone deserves to know that she legally ran and secondly, you need to figure out how to handle it in the future,” Kole said.For Erickson, he said he’s relieved to know that City Hall takes the matter seriously and there could be criminal implications. But at the same time, it shouldn’t be based on innuendo or gossip, he added.”I would urge whoever has information about the situation to let the investigator know what it is,” Erickson said. “I will accept whatever the investigation brings.”Kronberg said she is considering filing a complaint with the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office to investigate false statements against her during the election, a violation of the city charter, she said.”I’m so over this,” she said. “They sent The Aspen Times on a wild goose chase.”
Questions about whether Kronberg has been an Aspen resident for the past 12 months surfaced after several sources told The Aspen Times they believe she lives outside the city limits in Aspen Village, based on her continual presence there.But Kronberg has always maintained that she lives as a caretaker at 230 N. Spring St. in the Oklahoma Flats neighborhood and that she resided there last summer and winter. Denver-based real estate agent Denice Reich owns the home.Kronberg said she also lived at the Burlingame seasonal housing for a time.On her voter registration form and petition to run for City Council, Kronberg listed 230 N. Spring St. as her permanent address. Kronberg changed her address around the time she filed her petition to run for City Council. She listed 377 N. Spring St., a large riverfront property with a caretaker unit that Reich also owns, as her former residence.Kronberg said the reason she is at Aspen Village frequently is because she rents an office there – in the basement of unit No. 60.Kronberg garnered the third-highest count in the May 8 council election, with 487 votes, or 22 percent. In second place was Steve Skadron, who received 862 votes, or 39 percent. In order to win a seat on the council in the first go-round, a candidate must garner 45 percent of the vote, plus one. In the June 5 runoff election, Skadron won with 1,546 votes (75 percent) to Kronberg’s 516 (25 percent).
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