Poschman beats Writer for Pitkin County commission
The son of a 10th Mountain Division soldier who helped build Lift 1A was easily elected to the Pitkin County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.
Greg Poschman, 57, handily beat fellow longtime local Scott Writer, 58, with about two-thirds of the vote to Writer’s one third.
“It’s exciting,” Poschman said Tuesday night. “It’s a new chapter for me.”
Writer conceded the race, saying he hadn’t known what to expect from his first run for office and that he wasn’t likely to repeat the action anytime soon.
“At the end of the day, the voters have spoken,” he said. “But I made some new friends and I wish Greg the best of luck.”
Poschman will take over the District 3 seat, which has been occupied by Commissioner Michael Owsley for the past 12 years. Owsley was term-limited after serving three four-year terms on the board.
The campaign between Poschman and Writer began more or less civilly, but by October had turned a bit more contentious.
Poschman criticized Writer for being a developer and said, by contrast, he would follow a philosophy of slow, measured growth that would address affordable housing needs through public-private partnerships.
Writer, in turn, defended his profession and said he didn’t want to overbuild, but wanted to provide young people the opportunity to live and work here.
The two men also clashed over the county’s Open Space and Trails Program.
Writer said Tuesday he thought being labeled a “developer” hurt his chances of being elected, though he said he’d hoped his development experience would have been looked at as a positive attribute for a county commissioner.
Still, he said he was proud of his campaign.
“It was a great experience,” Writer said. “I particularly liked getting to know the young generation.”
Poschman said Writer called him to concede the race Tuesday night and they had a positive conversation.
“Clearly both of us came out of this with thicker skins, which is good,” he said. “I’ve never won elections before, but my overriding feeling is less about victory and more about responsibility.
“What this means is I have to deliver.”
The 3rd District essentially wraps around Aspen’s city limits and includes Independence Pass, Brush Creek and Woody Creek.
Commissioners Steve Child and George Newman were also re-elected Tuesday, though they ran unopposed.
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