Two candidates emerge for Basalt council |

Two candidates emerge for Basalt council

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO, Colorado

BASALT – Two more Basalt residents have thrown their hats into the Basalt Town Council race.

Bill Maron and Robert Leavitt picked up candidate nomination petitions on Friday. Maron, an architect, has been on the Basalt Planning and Zoning Commission since 1998 and has served the past four years as chairman. Leavitt, a ski instructor at Aspen Highlands, is new to town politics.

Three council seats will be filled in the April 3 election. Rick Stevens, a former mayor of Basalt, previously picked up a nomination petition. None of the three incumbents is running to retain a council seat. Pete McBride and Katie Schwoerer have said they won’t seek re-election after serving for four years.

Council member Jacque Whitsitt is running for mayor rather than another term on council. Current Councilman Glenn Rappaport also is running for mayor. He is halfway through a four-year council term. Current Mayor Leroy Duroux cannot run because of term limits.

Petitions by candidates must be submitted by 5 p.m. March 2. The petitions must be signed by at least 25 qualified Basalt voters.