Owsley and Roy to face off for commissioner | AspenTimes.com

Owsley and Roy to face off for commissioner

Eben Harrell

Democratic challenger Michael Owsley was first past the post in yesterday’s primary election for the Board of County Commissioners, finishing comfortably ahead of two-term incumbent Shellie Roy and Republican challenger William Mohrman.Owsley and Roy will face off in the Nov. 2 general election to determine who will represent County Commissioner District 3.Owsley received 755 votes in the countywide primary, while Roy had 607 and Mohrman 343. Owsley won seven of the 10 voting precincts, with the center of Aspen and Maroon and Castle Creeks going to Roy. A small number of special ballots have yet to be counted, but they will not alter the result, according to the Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder’s office.Reached at home yesterday, Owsley said he was pleased with the primary results, but that he considers victory in November far from ensured. “This bodes well for me in November, but now I’m going to have to work very, very hard,” Owsley said. “My campaign is just beginning. I’m going to try to meet every voter in the county and ask them for their vote. I’ll be canvassing, button-holing, jaw-boning – whatever it takes.”Owsley said he will continue emphasizing local involvement in county government – primarily through neighborhood caucuses – as a key issue in his campaign.”I want to thank the people who voted for me. I’m sure they agree with me on county issues. So I think we got their attention,” Owsley said.Roy said finishing second by no means ruled out a third term, claiming the roughly 1,700 primary voters represent only a small portion of the likely voters in the November election, and therefore cannot be taken as a prediction of the final result.”This is a victory for me,” Roy said. “In a presidential election year we usually see around 5,000 people vote [in Pitkin County].”Roy promised a less adversarial campaign in the coming months that will focus on her own achievements and experience as county commissioner.Mohrman said his campaign was a “learning experience” despite his defeat. He also said he has brought the central issues of his campaign – a balanced budget and a more courteous public land-use process – to the voter’s attention.County Commissioner District 3 encompasses Aspen’s West End to areas surrounding Woody Creek. The primary election was open to all county voters regardless of party affiliation or place of residency.Along with District 3, commissioner seats for Districts 4 and 5, held by Jack Hatfield and Dorothea Farris respectively, are also up for election in November. There were no primaries for those districts. Eben Harrell’s e-mail address is eharrell@aspentimes.com

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