Pitco elects Owsley, Farris and Hatfield | AspenTimes.com

Pitco elects Owsley, Farris and Hatfield

Eben Harrell

Michael Owsley, the Democratic challenger and outspoken opponent of large development, upset incumbent Shellie Roy in the District 3 race for Pitkin County commissioner Tuesday.The other incumbents running for re-election, Jack Hatfield in District 4 and Dorothea Farris in District 5, defended their seats easily.The District 3 race, predicted by many to be close, ended up as a comfortable victory for Owsley, who received 4,204 votes to Roy’s 3,868. The campaign highlighted distinct differences between the candidates, with Woody Creek Caucus leader Owsley trumpeting his work to curb large development and Roy calling herself a “pragmatist” willing to work with developers. “I was surprised [I won by] such a large margin,” Owsley said. “I think people are very concerned about keeping Pitkin County a place they recognize. Development has the possibility of changing that.”Eben Harrell’s e-mail address is eharrell@aspentimes.com.

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