Snowmass winners react to final results
The Aspen Times
The results of the Snowmass Village election are pretty much set, Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder Janice Vos Caudill said Wednesday.
Some ballots in the county still need to be counted, a process that must be completed by Nov. 21, she said. She wasn’t sure how many additional Snowmass Village ballots needed to be tallied, but she said she felt confident that the results in the mayoral and council races wouldn’t change.
Those results, updated Wednesday morning, indicated that Councilwoman Markey Butler was still in the lead in the mayoral race, with 538 votes of 1,044 counted.
“I’m really excited to serve the community and bring it back to listening to the voices in our town,” Butler said. She said she plans to do that in the way that she leads council meetings, such as listening to her colleagues before speaking her mind and in the way she takes public comment.
Councilman Jason Haber came in second in the mayoral race, with 381 votes, and Arnold Mordkin had 125.
Bob Sirkus, currently chairman of the town Planning Commission, led the Town Council race with 707 votes.
“I feel very good,” Sirkus said. “I feel honored that I got the most votes. … I’m ready to get to work in a couple weeks.”
Two council seats were up for grabs in this election, and Bill Madsen secured the second with 636 votes.
“I think people in Snowmass are ready for a change, and I think this council is going to be different,” Madsen said.
Mayor Bill Boineau, term-limited from running for that office again, only earned 486 votes, taking him off the board. However, Butler’s election means that she is vacating her council seat midway through her term, and the new board will appoint someone to take her place.
The new council members will determine their process for making that appointment on Nov. 17, their first regular meeting, said Town Clerk Rhonda Coxon. In the past, councils have accepted applications from residents in the community, reviewed them, interviewed candidates and voted to appoint them.
“I don’t know at this moment,” Boineau said as to whether he would throw his hat in the ring for the open seat. “A few folks said today, ‘You’ve got to do it.’”
Boineau has been mayor for the past six years. Prior to that, he served two discrete terms on the Town Council and also has sat on the town’s Planning Commission, the fire district’s board and other committees.
“I feel pretty proud of all the involvement I’ve had over time,” Boineau said.
Madsen said he doesn’t think the council will appoint an incumbent.
“The person that we appoint is probably going to be different, too,” Madsen said. “That’s kind of what the people of Snowmass have stated in their voting.”
Madsen also thinks the newly elected board will have a more cooperate dynamic than the one being voted out. Butler echoed that sentiment.
“I’m just thrilled with Bob and Bill being on council,” she said.
The appointment of a fifth council member will be a crucial decision, she added. Several residents have asked her about applying.
“Right now, I’m not leaning any direction,” Butler said. “It will be a public process. It won’t be done in executive session.”
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