Snowmass election process starts Tuesday |

Snowmass election process starts Tuesday

Jill Beathard
The Aspen Times

The race for three spots on the Snowmass Village Town Council begins today as nomination petition forms become available for pickup at Town Hall.

The mayor’s seat and two council positions are open in the Nov. 4 election. Mayor Bill Boineau is term-limited. And another seat will not have an incumbent vying for it: Councilman Fred Kucker has decided not to run for re-election.

“I stopped having fun,” Kucker gave as his reason for the decision, one he said he did not come to lightly. “It’s been a slugfest lately. I’m at the stage of life where I need to be having fun.”

Kucker, a retired transactional attorney, was the chairman of the town’s Financial Advisory Board before being elected to the council in 2010. He said he might consider joining that board again if a position becomes available.

“I like to keep my hand in doing something,” Kucker said.

One of the reasons Kucker originally ran for office was that he thought he “could be helpful with Base Village,” he said. That has not progressed as much as he expected during his four-year term, although the Town Council will make a big decision — whether to extend Related Colorado’s Base Village development rights — before the November election. The council is expected to take its first look at that application on Aug. 18.

“I think major issues with Base Village will be decided before my term is up,” Kucker said.

Councilman Jason Haber’s term also expires in November. He declined on Thursday to say whether — or for what position — he would seek a new term. Boineau also declined to comment whether he would make a run for an open council seat.

When asked if she would run for the mayoral seat, Mayor Pro Tem Markey Butler said she was undecided. Councilman Chris Jacobson did not respond as of press time.

Candidates for Town Council or for mayor must be residents of Snowmass Village for at least one year on Election Day, at least 18 years old and registered voters. Candidates can pick up packets from Town Clerk Rhonda Coxon and must file nomination petitions by 5 p.m. Aug. 25.

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