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The candidates’ concerns

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Name: Leroy Duroux

Position sought: Mayor

Age: 54

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Years in Basalt and Roaring Fork Valley: Valley resident for 51 years and Basalt resident for 41 years.

Profession: Self-employed cabinetmaker.

Community involvement: Basalt Lions Club, Roaring Fork Planning Commission, Basalt & Rural Fire Protection board of directors, Basalt Town Council, Basalt High School design team, RE-1 School District strategic planning committee, Ruedi Water and Power Authority, Roaring Fork Conservancy board member, Mid-Valley Metropolitan District board of directors; Basalt recreation commissioner, Three Rivers Youth Football coach, Basalt recreation basketball and baseball coach, eighth-grade assistant football coach, and volunteer work with Field of Dreams, Tree Farm park activities, local cleanup events, and Railroad and River Days.

Top issue of your platform: Growing social capital, encouraging citizen involvement in all aspects of the community and ensuring that Basalt remains a family oriented and kid-friendly town.

Name: Anne Freedman

Position sought: Mayor

Age: 65

Profession: Retired university professor of government and public administration.

Years in Basalt and Roaring Fork Valley: I have owned a home in Basalt for nine years, and I have been coming to the valley every year since 1965.

Community involvement: Six years on Town Council, three years as mayor pro tem; planning and zoning commissioner, member of the board of zoning appeals, River Master Plan implementation committee, Basalt Cemetery committee, Roaring Fork Transportation Authority planning group, Northwest Regional Council of Governments, Basalt for a Safe Education group; member, Leadership Aspen class of 2000; member of the Basalt Heritage Society and the Hundred Club, and volunteer positions at KAJX, Basalt Regional Library, Wheeler Opera House, Aspen Music Festival and School, the district theater and Basalt River Days.

Top issue of your platform: There are really two: controlling growth in accordance with the mandate of the people of Basalt, and preserving and keeping our historic downtown healthy.

Name: Laurie Dows

Position sought: Council

Age: 41

Profession: Mom. Previously public relations director at the Aspen Chamber Resort Association.

Years in Basalt and Roaring Fork Valley: Eight years in Basalt. I grew up in Aspen.

Community involvement: Elected to Home Rule Charter Commission, dedicated volunteer at Basalt Elementary School, involved in the implementation of a Basalt-based cultural/community center

Top issue of your platform: Embracing Basalt’s diverse community, be it implementing the river master plan, supporting cultural events such as Battle of the Bands and River Days for Basaltines and their families, or helping to keep a library near the schools.

My decisions on the council will be predicated by what is best for Basalt – I will be asking myself, “Are the decisions we make enhancing the quality of life yet still maintaining that small-town charm that drew us all to Basalt?”

Name: Bernie Grauer

Position sought: Council

Age: 59

Profession: Freelance writer

Years in Basalt: Six

Community Involvement: As a former journalist with the Glenwood Post and the Aspen Daily News for six years, I was involved daily in reporting on community affairs. I’ve reported on numerous Town Council, county government, valley transportation, education, recreation and environmental issues. I participated in the Roaring Fork civic leadership seminar in March and have done volunteer work for the Basalt Library. Volunteer work includes: Basalt river parcel cleanup day, Boogie’s July 4 runs, 24 Hours of Aspen ski race, and the Jimmy Huega MS fund-raising races.

Top issue of your platform: The top issue on my platform is to work with fellow councilors on crafting growth to preserve and enhance Basalt’s small-town character. Nurturing the economic vitality and sustainability of small-scale businesses that blend with our unique environment will be essential to realize this vision for our future.

Residential development providing for economic diversity within the town should be favored over “trophy” homes and second homes.

Large-scale chain stores would not fit with this vision of Basalt’s small-town character. The growth of small businesses and retail stores must be encouraged around the town’s historic core if it is to survive the competition in the valley.

As car dealerships and restaurants have long recognized, clustering of services attracts more customers and benefits the economic vitality of the whole group. Crafting growth includes the town doing everything within its power to assist the library district in building a new library facility, which would have room for community and cultural events.

The town owns land in Willits and at Lion’s Park that it could provide to the library district at little or no cost as a new library site.

Name: Jim Paussa

Position sought: Council

Age: 48

Profession: Photographer

Years in Basalt and Roaring Fork Valley: Six. I think the more important question is how one moves to the valley – when you move what do you do with yourself? What impact and biases one brings. I chose to move here and be absorbed into the existing culture. I read everything I could get my hands on about the valley’s history. I chose this guiding principle: Don’t change the valley, let the valley change you.

Community involvement: River Master Plan implementation committee, MidValley Trails committee, Home Rule Charter Commission, water rates committee, authored an e-mail newsletter highlighting local issues and member of Citizens for One Library committee. Also produced photography exhibit celebrating a cross section of Basalt residents; the reception at Keating Gallery brought together Latinos and Anglos for an exciting party.

Top issue of your platform: Community. Keep Basalt livable by making decisions based upon quality of life. This means asking questions like: Why do you live here? Is this good for our children? Is it good for the environment? Does it help the little guy start a business or buy a house?

Name: Mark Kittle

Position sought: Council

Age: 45

Profession: chief building official, town of Snowmass Village.

Years in Basalt and Roaring Fork Valley: 45

Community involvement: President, Basalt Fire Protection District.

Top issue of your platform: Customer service.

Name: Glenn Rappaport

Position sought: Council

Age: 51

Profession: Architect, land planner

Years in Basalt and Roaring Fork Valley: 33

Community involvement: I have served on a number of boards and commissions in the Roaring Fork Valley for almost 20 years. As an architect, I have been fortunate to be involved in a number of community-orientated projects – small ones such as the Paepcke Park Gazebo, the Aspen Art Park Conceptual Plan and the Aspen Community School Playground; and larger ones such as the Red Brick Arts and Recreation Center, the Carbondale and Rural Fire Station, the Aspen Foundation Offices and the Aspen Skiing Co. Powder Pandas building at Buttermilk.

Top issue of your platform: I would like to explore ways to retain social and economic diversity in our population. What strategies can we employ to stop or slow the migration of our working class? I will be anxious to look at the town’s housing policies and try to understand whether they are producing what they are intended to produce and are the results superior to what is being achieved in the private sector?


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