Snowmass Village elected officials to run unopposed for first time in town’s history
The Aspen Times
For the first time in the town of Snowmass’ 41-year history, the town council members vying for another term will run unchallenged in the November election.
All three Snowmass Village incumbents — Mayor Markey Butler and Town Councilmen Bob Sirkus and Bill Madsen — will enter their next terms unopposed.
The mayoral seat has gone uncontested in the past, according to election results from the town of Snowmass Village.
“I don’t know what it’s a sign of,” Snowmass Town Manager Clint Kinney said of the response Monday afternoon, hours before the 5 p.m. deadline for nomination petitions.
“We have a lot going on in the community right now,” Kinney said, “and I’m not sure that the quantity of people running for office is indicative of anything.”
Snowmass voters in the November 2016 election cast their ballots in favor of the incumbents, with Town Council members Alyssa Shenk and Tom Goode winning over challenger Jamie Knowlton, and Butler securing her seat over Richard Goodwin.
Town Council members in Snowmass Village are eligible to serve two four-year terms. The mayor is allowed three two-year terms.
Goode and Shenk will be up for re-election in 2020.
Shenk was first appointed to the council in 2014 to fill Butler’s vacated seat when she was elected mayor. Goode won a special election in October 2015 in the wake of former Councilman Chris Jacobson’s recall.
Elected officials must be a resident of Snowmass Village for at least one year prior to the election date, 18 years of age and a registered voter.
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