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Meet Basalt’s candidates for Town Council

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Editor’s note: Monday starts the first of five days of coverage of the Basalt Town Council race. Six candidates are vying for three seats.

Monday is a profile of each of the candidates, followed by four days of questions and answers.

The town election is Tuesday, April 6, although some Basalt residents have already received mail-in ballots. The polling place at Town Hall is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mail ballots must be received by Town Hall – whether mailed or dropped off in person – by 7 p.m. election night.

The three incumbents didn’t seek re-election. Amy Capron, Chris Seldin and Gary Tennenbaum are stepping down after serving one four-year term.

Age: 71

Occupation: Retired university professor of political science

Family: Husband, Phil (a retired professor of psychology); one daughter living abroad with her husband and our grandchild

Years in Basalt: Thirteen years full time; two years before that as a part time resident.

Political Experience: I served eight years on the Town Council and was mayor pro tem for one year; current member of the Planning and Zoning Commission as well as a member of the Commission before I became a member of the Town Council; RFTA board member and vice-chair; vice chair of the Basalt Home Rule and Charter Commission, which wrote the charter under which the town currently operates; CMC trustee; Board of Zoning Appeals member for eight years.

Why are you running? I love Basalt and want to do my part to see that as it grows it continues to be the wonderful small town I know. When I served on council previously, I was able to help establish new parks and trails, facilitate the building of the library and the growth of the downtown and Willits commercial sectors. I believe the town has become better over time and I want to do my part to see that in the future we keep improving. I feel that with my background and experience I can contribute to that development. I also must confess that I actually enjoy council work. I like the opportunity it provides to meet many of our citizens and to solve community problems.

Age: 45

Occupation: Architect

Family: My husband, Stephen, and I have two children, aged 9 and 5. Our son goes to Basalt Elementary School.

Years in Basalt: I moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1987 and lived in Aspen until 1998 when my husband and I built our home in Basalt.

Political experience: I have served on the Roaring Fork Regional Planning Commission as the representative for the town of Basalt and was involved in the initial crafting of the town of Basalt historic preservation language.

Why are you running? I am running for Town Council because I would like to help inject some enthusiasm and vitality into our town’s affairs. I am keenly interested in creating community assets that help bring our residents together. I want to help create a town that not only promotes ecological sustainability by taking advantage of our local food sources, but also promotes economic sustainability by creating opportunities for our local entrepreneurs.

Age: 44

Occupation: Owner/operator of Maley Building Corporation, located in Basalt. Have been in the construction business in the valley since 1992, since first moving to Basalt.

Family: Married to Kristen Maley. Two daughters, Megan (8) and Katelyn (5)

Years in Basalt: 18 years (since 1992)

Political experience: None, offering a fresh, practical perspective

Why are you running? I want to focus on capturing, highlighting and preserving the town’s assets, including the rivers, the tourist commerce and the cultural diversity. I am offering to take the time to represent the town, business owners and families by sharing my perspective as a fellow business owner, father, and homeowner. I intend to take the lead in contributing to a vibrant community for its residents and visitors, alike.

Age: 54

Occupation: Photographer

Years in Basalt: 12 years

Political Experience: Elected to Home Rule Charter Commission; former member of Mid Valley Trails Committee; former member River Master Plan Implementation Committee; current member Aspen/Snowmass Nordic Council; active in Basalt politics 12 years as organizer dealing with land use and other issues

Why are you running? I believe in the people of Basalt – and that means everybody. I want to foster creative thinking about who we are as a town. Or, as I like to think of it, who we are as a culture. I think if the town and the community collaborate in our decision making we can protect that culture. Furthermore, that collaborative process will enable us to move past growth vs. no growth “camps” and we can work toward positive goals call on people’s strengths. Also, I am a great listener.

Age: 56

Occupation: Architect/ Planner/ Artist

Family: Married with four children

Years in Basalt: 19 in Basalt, 20 in Aspen

Political experience: Served on boards and commissions in the Roaring Fork Valley for close to 25 years

Why are you running? During the course of my two previous terms on the Town Council, we accomplished many important things: We found an in-town location for the new post office, developed the Midland Avenue extension bridge, found an in-town location for the new library, and improved bike path and trail connections between Old Town Basalt and Willits. We worked hard to acquire Old Highway 82 from CDOT and convert it to a town street (Two Rivers Road). I was also the architect for the redesign of the intersection at Two Rivers Road and Midland Avenue, making it more pedestrian friendly. I enjoyed working with the devoted town staff on all these projects. Most importantly, I love Basalt. My wife and I are raising our four children here. We both have our own businesses in town. As an architect, I look forward to bringing my 30 years of land use experience to bear on town issues.

Age: 45

Occupation(s): Development coordinator, Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (Basalt); Firm Administrator/Owner, Harry Teague Architects (Basalt); freelance writer (for, among others, the Aspen Times).

Family: Husband, Harry; children Sarah (age 8) and Elliot (age 6)

Years in Basalt: 11

Political Experience: Pretty frustrating so far (ha ha).

Why am I running? I have picked this time to run for two reasons: first, and practically, because my children are both now in school, giving me the time and energy needed to do this job justice. Second, as a local, small business owner, I know exactly how hard times are right now for Basalt’s businesses and for its workers. It’s time for creative thinking and dialogue on how we can pull together as a community-how we can support our local stores and restaurants, our non-profits, our schools, and each other, and how we can harness the energy and talents of people who for the first time in a spell have the time to sink their teeth into projects of lasting value for the community.


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