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Three Snowmass seats open to candidates

Chad Abraham

Base Village construction, unhappy business owners, major development applications.

They are all enough to make a politician think twice about running for re-election in Snowmass Village. Three seats will be open on the Town Council when voters go to the polls in November, those of Mayor Doug Mercatoris and Councilmen Arnie Mordkin and Bill Boineau.

Potential officeholders have until Aug. 28 to file nomination petitions, the town clerk announced Tuesday.

Only Mordkin said he was running again. Mercatoris, who has been on the council a combined 16 years, and Boineau said they still had to think about the decision.

“I think there’s a lot to be done,” said Mordkin, a defense attorney who is seeking a second term on the council. “You need to have continuity, you need to have some people that know what it was you did and why you did it, and I’m the guy.”

Town code allows mayors to serve three consecutive two-year terms, and Mercatoris is in his first term as mayor. He said he would announce his decision before the registration deadline.

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“I think about it a lot,” said Mercatoris, owner of the Mountain Dragon restaurant. “It’s a bittersweet job; I love it.”

It’s rewarding to see accomplishments such as the new recreation center, the entryway project and the playing fields. “Things that people have been talking about for 20 years,” he said, praising the planning of previous councils and mayors.

But the strain of political life also factors into his decision, he said. “Things are very contentious in the upper valley.”

The job “is very rewarding but very time-consuming. It can be a stressful job, but it’s a job I asked for, and it’s a job I like.”

Boineau, who has served eight years total on the council, said he was trying to make up his mind at that very moment. Limits restrict council members to two consecutive four-year terms.

“My wife and I have talked about it, and there are ups and downs to both sides,” said Boineau, a computer consultant elected to the council in 1994 and 2002.

Anyone interested in running for mayor or council can pick up a candidate packet at the town clerk’s office in the Snowmass Center, 16 Kearns Road, third floor. Nomination petitions cannot be circulated until Aug. 8.

Candidates must have been full-time residents of at least 12 consecutive months before the Nov. 7 election; be at least 18 years old and registered voters, and file the petition, with the signatures of 10 registered Snowmass Village voters, no later than 5 p.m. Aug. 28.

Chad Abraham’s e-mail address is chad@aspentimes.com