Torre to make council bid
Aspen Times Staff Writer
Aspen resident Torre announced Wednesday he will run for a seat on the Aspen City Council this spring.
Known by his one-name moniker, Torre emerged on the political scene two years ago with an unsuccessful bid for the mayor’s post. This time, he has set his sights on a council seat, which he believes offers him a better shot at victory.
“I had great support in the last election, but what I really heard from people was, ‘Gee, I really wish you’d run for council,'” he said. “I think people really want to see me with a little more experience.”
Torre trailed in the balloting in a four-person race for mayor in 2001; Helen Klanderud outpolled incumbent Rachel Richards in a runoff election for the post.
Two council seats are up for election in May, along with the mayor’s post. Klanderud and Councilman Tom McCabe have both indicated they will seek re-election; Councilman Tony Hershey said he has not yet decided whether he will seek a second term in office.
Council members serve four-year terms; the mayor is elected for two years.
Torre, 33, said he has resigned his post at the Double Diamond, where he has worked as talent buyer, promoter and sound engineer, in order to focus his efforts on his campaign. He is currently phasing out his duties at the nightclub.
Aspen continues to grapple with many of the issues that prompted Torre’s mayoral bid in 2001, thus his decision to seek office again, he said.
“So many of the issues of two years ago are still unresolved,” Torre said. “Everything from affordable housing issues, growth as it relates to transportation issues, the environment … where Aspen is going toward the future.”
In 2001, Torre made “Aspen Again” his campaign theme, calling for dynamic, proactive leadership in city government and running on a platform that addressed reviving the community’s spirit along with the usual issues that vex the city.
Last year, Torre sided with the Citizens for a Small Town Entrance in its fight against realigning Highway 82 across the Marolt-Thomas open space; voters rejected the new alignment last November.
However, Torre said, his views on what should be done at the Entrance to Aspen differ from those of other members of the group.
“We all, in that group, have different visions of the final solution,” he said.
Torre said he has been a participant in recent gatherings of a diverse group of citizens who are dissatisfied with the current direction of city government. Others are expected to step forward as candidates, as well.
“It’s really neat to see so many heartfelt locals be concerned and taking responsibility in their local politics,” he said.
Candidates can begin circulating nomination petitions for the May election on March 17. Torre said he intends to spend the first month or so of his campaign simply trying to get out the vote ? urging residents to register and play an active role as electors.
He said he wants to see a record voter turnout for the 2003 council election.
“I’m going to be trying to get everybody involved,” Torre said.
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