Three join Aspen election slate |

Three join Aspen election slate

Carolyn SackariasonThe Aspen TimesAspen, CO Colorado
Paul Conrad/The Aspen Times

ASPEN Three people on Tuesday announced their candidacy for the upcoming city election Mayor Mick Ireland is seeking re-election, and Mike Wampler and Derek Johnson have thrown their hat into the ring for Aspen City Council.Ireland at midnight on Tuesday posted a video on his Facebook page announcing his bid. Twelve hours later, Ireland, through his campaign treasurer Ruthie Brown, sent out a text message from her cell phone to local political activists, inviting them to a press conference scheduled Wednesday, when he will formally announce his plan to seek a second term. Johnson, 41, is an 18-year Aspen resident and longtime business owner. He co-founded D&E Snowboard Shop in 1993, and in 2001, he sold it to the Aspen Skiing Co. He is now the managing director for rental and retail for the Skico.Wampler, 59, is owner of Aspen Velo bike shop, which he has owned since 1984. The 32-year Aspen resident ran unsuccessfully for a council seat two years ago. After losing the election, Wampler applied and was appointed to the Aspen Planning and Zoning Commission, where he has served for 1 1/2 years.I just wasnt ready, he said of his first bid for council, adding he didnt understand local politics then and had a busy personal life. But I feel I have the support now … I am not running to come in third or fourth like last time.Johnson has never run for elected office, although he has considered running for City Council for a long time, he said. He recently served on the Lift 1A task force, which created a master plan for the base of Aspen Mountain. The candidates join a growing field of council hopefuls. Torre, a former City Council member, and Adam Frisch both previously announced they would seek a council seat this spring, and Andrew Kole has said he will run for mayor.For more on the latest individuals to announce their candidacies in Aspens May election, see Wednesdays Aspen Times.

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