Snowmass council race heats up |

Snowmass council race heats up

Madeleine Osberger
Snowmass Village correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

SNOWMASS VILLAGE ” Interest in the Snowmass Village Town Council race heated up this week, as two prospective candidates picked up applications from the Town Clerk’s office, suggesting their intention to run for elected office.

Bill Boineau, former town councilman and current member of the Snowmass Village Planning Commission, said he will face Arnie Mordkin in the race for mayor.

“I have decided to run because, being involved as long as I have in politics, I think it’s important to have an open discussion about ideas and policies. I think there are times that I’ve been told I’m more approachable (than Mordkin),” Boineau said.

Boineau said he’s been “labeled by other people” as someone who is easy to talk to.

Mordkin “is an asset to the community, no doubt,” Boineau continued, “but I think as the mayor, there are issues that the mayor needs to be able to handle with kid gloves.”

Boineau, who served eight years on council, said he had been approached by a number of locals who said, “Now it’s time to run for mayor.”

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Mordkin, who also has served eight years on council, declared his intention to run for mayor last winter. Incumbent Mayor Douglas “Merc” Mercatoris hasn’t yet decided whether he’ll seek a third consecutive term.

Political newcomer Kay Honigman-Singer, a regular fixture at Town Council meetings, is looking to win a seat on the council.

“It’s certainly a critical turning point in time for what Snowmass Village is going to be,” she said. “This is the way I can help the locals in our community much more than through any other way.”

Two seats are up for grabs in November ” the posts currently held by council members Sally Sparhawk and John Wilkinson. Sparhawk has said she won’t run again; recently, Wilkinson said he was uncertain about his political future, weighing alternatives such as running for council or mayor or taking himself out of the political fray for awhile.

Applications for the three seats are available through the Town Clerk’s office. The application deadline is Aug. 25.