Lee Mulcahy hopes to channel Hunter S Thompson
Lee Mulcahy confirmed Tuesday that he is running for Aspen mayor, despite a note left with his campaign paperwork Monday saying he’d only enter the contest if the incumbent Mayor Steve Skadron was running unopposed.
Monday was the deadline for candidates to submit paperwork to make the May 2 ballot in the municipal elections. Two seats held by incumbents Art Daily and Ann Mullins are in play, and the mayor is up for re-election to his third and final two-year term.
Mulcahy, who was out of town Monday, had fellow artist Sue Tatem file his campaign documents with the City Clerk’s Office.
The paperwork included a notice about Mulcahy’s conditional bid and included another one from Tatem saying she would only run for City Council if Mulcahy bid for mayor.
After Tatem introduced their paperwork to the city, Cale Mitchell notified the Clerk’s Office he too would be running for mayor.
But even with Mitchell in the mayoral mix, Mulcahy cleared up the confusion Tuesday saying both he and Tatem are running.
In a telephone interview, Mulcahy said he is seeking the mayor’s seat because “I love this community and care about this community.”
He also emailed The Aspen Times with a summary of his campaign platform, which rehashes his ongoing gripes with Aspen authority and the injustices faced by working men and women.
“Everyone knows I’m the Wild West poster for the dangers of crony capitalism and big government,” he wrote. “In the spirit of liberty represented by Hunter S. Thompson, my platform is threefold: 1. Value community over corporate resort: Throw the corrupt machine represented by the incumbent mayor and council out. 2. The city is out of control: The Taj Majal City Hall presently planned is much larger than Aspen Art Museum. 3. Inequality: Introduce legislation to raise Aspen’s minimum wage on giant corporations and chains to $15.00/hr.”
Candidates for City Council include the two incumbents as well as Ward Hauenstein, Skippy Mesirow, Tatem and Torre. Council terms are four years.
The Aspen City Council directed staff to move forward with the Burlingame early childhood education center, but decided it needs more information on the affordable housing units that are part of the schematic design at a work session Monday.