Nine people running for three Aspen council seats

Mar 14, 2017

The pool of candidates running for three open seats on Aspen City Council is now solidified — kind of.

Technically, six people are running for two open council seats, currently held by Art Daly and Ann Mullins, both of whom are seeking another term. Their challengers are former councilman Torre, current planning commissioner Skippy Mesirow and Aspen residents Ward Hauenstein and Sue Tatem.

And technically, three people are running for the mayor’s seat. Incumbent Steve Skadron is vying for his third and final term. He is being challenged by Aspen resident Cale Mitchell, who submitted his required signatures and petition shortly before the deadline yesterday.

Local artist Lee Mulcahy also submitted his petition with his intention to run for mayor but attached a letter stating “Dr. Mulcahy wants to run only if it’s a two-man race for mayor” and Tatem’s attached letter states she will only run if Mulcahy does. Mulcahy was traveling Monday and couldn’t be reached for comment.

Candidates have until March 22 to withdraw from the race. The election is May 2.